heard on the wire

And the bells were ringing out


A consensus appears to have been reached, if my Facebook and Twitter timelines are at–all reliable indicators, that Kirtsy MacColl and The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is the greatest of Christmas songs.

As I’ve mentioned before, this blog’s holiday affections lie elsewhere, but we can only be happy that the season’s airwaves are more likely to be filled—and I’m not being sarcastic here—by Shane MacGowan’s beautiful voice than the tuneless drone of the Richard.

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Play some punk rock songs as Santa passes by

Bauble tree

Marrs’ 1987 number one smash hasn’t exactly sprung to mind when I’ve thought of Christmas records, but it will now, thanks to the enduring pop genius of perennial smithsock favourite Helen Love.

Helen is no stranger to seasonal songs, having graced the festive airwaves on several occasions, and this year is no exception. Marrs, on the other hand, was a one-off collaboration that produced its seminal chart topper in the distinctly non-festive month of October.

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Sprinkle sugar over me

Golden Syrup

To think, there are people who have never experienced the gustatory glee that comes from spreading fresh, white bread with thick layers of salted butter and Tate & Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

Equally there are people whose olfactory sense has never been graced with the sound of the Wave Pictures, the quirky English pop band whose latest LP, City Forgiveness, was much anticipated in these parts.

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Spend a little time with me

Big Spender

The blog has emerged, blinking, yawning and stretching its arms after another of its all-too-frequent but in-this-case-unavoidable hiatuses. An aestivation enforced by relocation, by the clearing out the accumulated detritus of everyday life and, worst of all, by being without a Mac for three weeks demands a blog post of exceptional clarity and conviction.

If this were an everyday—as opposed to randomly intermittent—music blog, clarity and conviction would manifest themselves in lists of the best records of a year that hasn’t yet finished. Go elsewhere for such assumption.

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