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#xmasongs: day ten

well well well

it only went and came upon a midnight clear.

as i’m sure you’re all more than aware, as well as presents, turkey, baby Jesus and so on, this day also brings with it the conclusion of our ten strong round up of the world’s best festive music that we like to call #xmasongs

without further ado about nothing, it only remains for me to say a big happy birthday Jesus and glad tidings to all from and on behalf of all of us here at RQT, and to inform you of the winner.

those that did not make the cut include:

any actual carols
Frosty The Snowman
Winter Wonderland
the cheerful prelude to a Christmas rape It’s Cold Outside (sorry Roaring)

however, the winner is …
Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher by
Elton John


#xmasongs: day nine

it’s Christmas Eve

in the drunk tank. i hope you are all well and ready. Santa Klaus is making a list and checking it twice (probably three or four times nowadays – he’s not getting any younger).

i, myself, will not be getting any presents on account of having been naughty all year. luckily, i’ve been and bought my own stuff and wrapped it up for myself. i’ll be getting what i wanted, will you?

and now it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for. we’re nine tenths of the way through a list of the very best Christmas songs. but what, you mildly wonder, is today’s #xmasong?

well, put it this way, if you like slurry, incoherent lyrics and inappropriate sexual insults, get ready to be happy for today it’s Fairytale of New York by The Pogues


#xmasongs: day eight

Shhh ….

time for some quiet sitting down, arms folded time.

I hope we all have a merry Christmas and it is right and meet for us so to do. nonetheless,  we should not forget that for many ordinary people – especially in Christmassy places like Bethlehem, as well as other ancient Christian holy places, like Baghdad – Christmas will be disturbed by the exercise of military power, power that many of us paid for and keep in force by our political decisions.

once in “royal david’s” city, something about peace happened. let’s hope it wasn’t a one off.

here’s the 7 O’Clock News by Simon & Garfunkel



#xmasongs: day seven

OK, now i’m

getting really excited. with fewer than four sleeps till santa comes, expectation is reaching super-charged levels in the penthouse – already it’s all daytime films, daytime port, (mulled) cider, nuts and so on, and can only get worse from here on out.

the last time we mentioned the tune i have selected today, it was (in response) described by our friend, fellow blogger, outrageous bounder and pink gin guzzler Ramping
as “gut-wrenching“.

well, what more of a reason do we need to feature it in our countdown?

exactly. none.

our seventh #xmasong is Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by The Polyphonic Spree


#xmasongs: day six

hallo dear friends

today is the winter solstice and, coincidentally, also saw a total lunar eclipse.

did you see the blood red moon just before 8:00? it was too cloudy here to see much more than a pinky patch in the southwest sky. apparently if you live in or north of Newcastle you could see it really well. probably didn’t take much of an edge off the bitter cold, lack of jobs and frequently semi-naked fat men, though.

the ancients associated this occurrence with menstruation, and thus fertility, so let’s hope it bodes well for next year’s harvest.

in the meantime, we’ve got the small matter of our #xmasongs countdown to get the hell on with. to that end, today’s sixth noel goes out with lots of love to you all, but especially nominator, talented singing RQT friend and Hawkins hair-a-like Kirsty Merryn

(check out her excellent chops here)

correct – at number six, it’s Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness


#xmasongs: day five

friends, and by now

regular #showertuners, will probably be aware of my (at times perverse) proclivities with regard to key changes (I Wanna Be The Only One by Eternal anyone?)

given such, it simply couldn’t be that this list could get very far without featuring this beautifully festive example of my favourite musical flourish.

sweetly sung by two sisters and their cousin, from Washington Heights, Manhattan, this tune was sort of nominated by our good friend JohnDray3000 (soon to be Dr Dray) – who, in a fleeting reference to ‘the obvious’, invoked Phil Spector’s classic Christmas album a.k.a.
A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records
(before going on to actually nominate some stuff that is probably too edgy and cool for us here)

despite, i must admit, a partiality for KT Tunstall’s recent cover, here is a swinging number taken from that very album and offered to him and you all with the very best of Christmas wishes.

here’s Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes


#xmasongs: day four


i don’t know about yule, but i’m starting to get pretty excited about just exactly where our #xmasongs countdown is headed. it’s like desert island discs, but without the island, The Bible, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Kirsty Young or, today, Nick Park.

we’ve had three crackerjacks so far, but what to join them with?

well, throwing the recent emergence of his dubious political leanings to one side, we’ve decided that today we’ll go with a glittery classic from Nelson Muntz’s favourite crooner that makes you just want to throw on a disgusting Christmas sweater, slick and side-part your hair with a narrow comb, grab a large microphone and head on out into the street, singing and dancing like post-ghosts Scrooge himself.

nominated by JamieR, what else could i possibly mean except It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams? that’s right, nothing.


#xmasongs: day three

it’s the third day

of our christmas musical journey calendar, and it’s more than high time to see what lies behind metaphorical door 3.

today it’s all about a tune nominated by the wonderful KTownLass. regardless of how much we’d like to be responsible for giving her goosebumps, in the end we decided to go with her second choice, which she recommends for ‘festive fun’. quite

so, here’s wishing you all a generous slice of exactly that this yuletide.

today’s #xmasong (or should that be #xmasnog?) is Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt


#xmasongs: day two

glad tidings

christmas card scenes all over the outside of the penthouse window today, even the prison looks quite cute when it’s got a little white hat on.

we’re still cheerily collating the onehundreds of suggestions we’ve received, and please, whatever you do, don’t stop letting us know about your most beloved seasonal ditties.

however, given the weather, we thought that today could really only belong to our favourite version of one of Irving Berlin’s most classic classics,

yup, today’s #xmasong is
White Christmas
by The Drifters


#xmasongs: day one

so, here we are

day one of RQTs definitive run down of the ten best #xmasongs

please keep your nominations coming in (leave them in the form of comments on this post or yesterday’s launch post) – if you pick good tunes, they will be featured over the next ten days.

as for today, i’m going to kick things off with one of my favs. of all the hundreds of thousands of christmas albums produced in the US in the 50s and 60s, one voice has remained a truly lasting standard:

(old) Nat King Cole?
(p) Andy Williams?
Perry Como (ver)?
Johnny Mathis (the american for maths)?
well, (microsoft/chandler) Bing Crosby then?

no, no, no. all of these cats did good work and may well feature further along our christmassy road, but for me the person who stands head and shoulders shampoo above all the christmas crooners was actually only 4′ 9″ tall (shorter even than John Cage at 4′ 33″).

so, tell us a bit about this person:

well, they called her Little Miss Dynamite (before she got taller, turned british, turned black, got married, then divorced and became Ms Dynamite-hee)

she had 37 US chart hits in the 60s (which puts her at number 5 on the list for that decade – after Elvis, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis)

this song features in one of my favourite Christmas movies ever (the utterly peerless Home Alone)

that’s right, tonight Matthew *drum roll* our #xmasong is …

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (cue christmas smoke)


#showertune: xmas songs

gleatings earthrings

as some of you will know, the next ten or fifteen days or so will herald the start of the celebration of the British winter festival known as Christmas.

something of which you might not be so aware, however, is that there exists a whole canon of Christmas songs, written, performed and recorded so that British shops have something to play while people buy things.

here at #showertune HQ we’re giving you the chance to select which of such xmas songs or #xmasongs if you will* that you would like us to feature over the festive period.

(*please note: this is the name we have decided on, so in reality your will is irrelevant)

if you’re uncertain about what Christmas songs are, the best place to find out is in a record shop – just ask the person at the counter about which songs they know that are Christmas songs, then write down what they say. also, the internet and the back cover of The Best Christmas Album In The World Ever! are useful.

please send in your votes as comments to this post, and we will try to feature as many as we can over the coming days.