What’s your favourite Christmas record.

Alan Esdaile… I still love Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

John  Wilde… Easy….Happy Christmas (War is Over) John Lennon.

Alan Wood…. Can’t be played till 1st December

Nigel Ford… Gotta be SLADE for me. Or should that be SLEIGHED?

John Storer… Two slightly more modern tracks have become my favourite Christmas songs. The rather jaunty “Christmas in Waikiki” by Morgan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NBvSocO_2Y

and the downright dark and dirty “Mrs. Claus’ Kimono” by the Drive-By Truckershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbpk6d5vnB4

Will Cornell… The whole Phil Spector Christmas album. The John Fahey one’s pretty good too.

Margaret Fletcher… It will b lonely this Christmas with out u to hold

Chris Meachen… Slade, what else..? (& if they can play it live several times on August bank holiday, it’s ok to play it now..)

Yvonne Cleland… The Pogues. Gotta love a song with ‘you cheap lousy faggot’ in it.

Mick O’Dowd… Wizzard as well as the Phil Spector Christmas album.

Andre Martin… I have to say that Motown have produced some excellent Christmas Albums, one of my all time favourites has to be the Supremes – recorded in November 1965 and here are the details – Track listing Side one
1. “White Christmas” (Irving Berlin)
2. “Silver Bells” (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston)
3. “Born of Mary” (Traditional)
4. “Children’s Christmas Song” (Harvey Fuqua, Isabelle Freeman)
5. “The Little Drummer Boy” (Harry Simeone, Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati)
6. “My Christmas Tree” (Jimmy Webb)
Side two
1. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Johnny Marks)
2. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie)
3. “My Favorite Things” (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
4. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me” (Ron Miller, William O’Malley)
5. “Little Bright Star” (Al Capps, Mary Dean)
6. “Joy to the World” (Traditional)
Additional tracks not used
• “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) *
• “Jingle Bell Rock” (Joe Beal, Jim Boothe)
• “Noël” (Traditional) *
• “Silent Night” (Traditional) A *
• “Toyland” (Traditional)
• “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” (Traditional)
• “O Holy Night” (Adolphe Adam) A
• “Just a Lonely Christmas” (Alan Freed, Harvey Fuqua) *
• “Winter Wonderland” (Felix Bernard-Dick Smith) – Only instrumental track; no vocals recorded
• “Won’t Be Long Before Christmas” (Traditional)
Credits
• Diana Ross: lead vocals
• Florence Ballard: lead vocals on “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night”
• The Andantes: background vocals
• The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: instrumentation
• Harvey Fuqua: producer
• Gene Page, H.B. Barnum and Ernie Freeman: arrangements – take your pick of the tracks, and as the Americans would say in a very Andy William voice – Enjoy the Happy Holidays – Note to admin – should we not have least left this till December ????

Richard J Porter… I have far too many Christmas tracks, mostly traditional. However, I picked up another the other day, Christmas Classics Crooners & Divas, all the proper Bing Crosby, Bobby Heims, Patti Page, Connie Francis and so on. Well, £1 in Poundland! I don’t care.

Jim Breeds….  Have you got one about humbugs?

Andre Martin… No doubt Mr Dickens could produce a whole series of sings and japes and don’t forget to include that classic line spoken by Alan Rickman when he was the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – ” and Christmas is cancelled ” – Ho Ho Ho – Bah Humbug ! Phil Spector was another of the great Christmas Albums, that Great Wall of Sound had such an impact !!

Will Cornell… the barking dogs doing Jingle Bells…sounded way ahead of it’s time technologically.

Pete Fairless… The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping.

Clive Richardson… Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas and The Mike Storey Band,not sure of the title but its from the album Who Are You Playing To . With the lyrics Its coming round Christmas? Mike Storey Band were excellent on the pier.

Peter Thomson… I’m with Yvonne – deffo The Pogues. My youngest insists her favourite is ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas’ by G… no, just can’t bring myself to say it.

Matt Thomas…. My fave has to be be Greg Lake ‘I believe in Father Christmas’

Yvonne Cleland… I also like Jona Lewie’s xmas number – Stop The Cavalry. Great lyrics:-

Stop The Cavalry Lyrics

Hey, Mr. Churchill comes over here
To say we’re doing splendidly
But it’s very cold out here in the snow
Marching to win from the enemy
Oh, I say it’s tough, I have had enough
Can you stop the Cavalry?
I have had to fight, almost every night
Down throughout these centuries
That is when I say, oh yes, yet again
Can you stop the Cavalry?
Mary Bradley waits at home
In the nuclear fall-out zone
Wish I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love
Dub a dub a dum dum
Dub a dub a dum
Dub a dum dum dub a dub
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Dub a dub a dum dum
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Dub a dum dum dub a dub
Dub a dub a dum
Wish I was at home for Christmas
Bang, that’s another bomb on another town
While Luzar and Jim have tea
If I get home, live to tell the tale
I’ll run for all presidencies
If I get elected I’ll stop – I will stop the Cavalry
Dub a dub a dum dum
Dub a dub a dum
Dub a dum dum dub a dub
Dub a dub a dum
Dub a dub a dum dum
Dub a dub a dum
Dub a dum dum dub a dub
Dub a dub a dum
Wish I was at home for Christmas
Wish I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love
Mary Bradley waits at home
She’s been waiting two years long
Wish I was at home for Christmas

Alan Wood… Ring out Solstice Bells —Jethro

Ralph Town… Listen the Snow is Falling — Yoko Ono.

Colin Norton… Jackson Browne “The Rebel Jesus”

Terry Huggins… Walking In The Air – Nightwish

Jim Breeds… I don’t really go for Christmas songs – even the catchiest of them seem to have that forced jollity element that turns me off. So I would go for Happy Christmas, War is over (I have the 7″) over Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas time (which I don’t have, thankfully). Or Fairytale of New York (I have the 12″) over Last Christmas (which I don’t have, thankfully). Or Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (which I don’t have, sadly) over Slade (which I am sick of hearing and I haven’t heard it since Last Christmas. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is superb, but not really a Christmas record. The one song that I just have to listen to a few times during December is a wonderfully bare emotional trip, and so my vote goes for River by Joni Mitchell. Blue is in my top 10 LP list. The other 9 in that list change from month to month.

John Wilde… Nice one Jim. Love Joni and River is indeed beautiful.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby …..just slip a sable under the tree for me…been an awful good girl….. ;o)

Alan Esdaile… Another one I really like is Chris De Burgh A Spaceman Came Travelling. He has done some good songs but seems to get put down all the time for having that other massive hit.

Matt Thomas… and stupid eyebrows!!!!!!!

Mick O’Dowd…  I agree Alan, great track.

Terry Huggins… Try Eric’s Idle contribution. (Over 18s only). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UHXZ4j1FX4

Graham Belchamber… Santa Claus is coming to Town – The Springsteen version of course with Clarence Clemons ho ho ho’ing so well Bruce cracks up laughing part way through.

Karen Sweatman was Blackman…. My Mum’s Jim Reeves Christmas album still comes out each year. As does John Denver and the Muppets!

Jim Breeds… My Mum’s Jim Reeves Christmas Album stays firmly in the attic. Along with the Wout Steenhuis LPs. It’s probably the same Jim Reeves LP as yours Karen

Andre Martin… If only I could find the play lists for BBC Light Programme say December 1964 – what great numbers would be included – no doubt Val, Jimmy, Andy and co would be there, perhaps a little Russ and Mrs Mills to get the party going !!

Alan Wood… My turn, Merry Christmas you Suckers by Paddy Roberts

Wendy Weaver… I Want a Mistress for Christmas. AC/DC

Mike Curtis… Geoff’s nuts roasting by an open fire………

Clifford Rose… My favourite was Christmas Day by Squeeze. The white vinyl version was a nice winter touch.

Mick O’Dowd… As a novelty one i’ve always liked “Grandma’s Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy. It came out here in the 80’s on Stiff Records at about the same time as “Toe-Knee-Black-Burn” by Binky Baker & the Pit Orchestra.

Dave Nattress… Wowie…this has got everyone out!! Got to be Slade, Merry Christmas Everybody – those chords are just wonderful. Overall it’s a fabulous arrangement.

6 thoughts on “What’s your favourite Christmas record.”

  1. As a novelty one i’ve always liked “Grandma’s Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy. It came out here in the 80’s on Stiff Records at about the same time as “Toe-Knee-Black-Burn” by Binky Baker & the Pit Orchestra.

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  2. Wowie…this has got everyone out!! Go to be Slade, Merry Christmas Everybody – those chords are just wonderful. Overall it’s a fabulous arrangement

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