TJR presents... Top 10: Christmas Songs

TJR presents… Top 10: Christmas Songs

– My best of the season; yer superstore cheezefest can get in the sherry trifle!
  • Runtime: 42m.
  • Compiled for a Twitter special on 23-Dec-2019.
  • Fantasy Album Rating: 9.50 “An elite masterpiece”
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It’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas by Half Man Half Biscuit (2000)
(Nigel Blackwell, Neil Crossley, Ken Hancock, Carl Henry)

10.0 “Utterly perfect” Cerebral Pop
TJR saysFrom their classic album, “Trouble Over Bridgwater”. By the length of two sleigh trips round the world and a special delivery to the moon and back, I reckon this to be the greatest Xmas song ever written, so perfectly pitched as it is, lyrically and musically. Should have been #1 from New Zealand to Norway and everywhere in-between. Remember kids, make a noise with your toys and ignore the killjoys!

Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl (1987)
(Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer)

10.0 “Utterly perfect” Alternative Folk
TJR saysI do a mean Shane in my vast Karaoke repertoire, with a variety of K. MacColl's over the years. In all seriousness, the poetic beauty of this piece is on another level… so justifiably loved universally. Kirsty 4eva.

Birthday by The Jesus and Mary Chain (1998)
(William Reid)

9.7 “All-time classic” Indie
TJR saysFrom their masterpiece, “Munki”, and simply a must for the compy. Jesus, tick. Mary, tick. Birthday, tick. Christmas lyrics, tick. For me, this band are bigger than Jesus and Christmas combined, but please don't choke on your pudding on my account.

Xmas In February by Lou Reed (1989)
(Lou Reed)

9.6 “All-time classic” Songwriter
TJR saysA classic from his album “New York”. “That Lou Reed, extending Xmas all the way to February, he really is a party animal” ~ Alan Partridge (probably)

Just Like Christmas by Low (1999)
(Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, Zak Sally)

9.5 “All-time classic” Cerebral Pop
TJR saysFrom their mini album “Christmas”. A wee festive cracker from Low, quite possibly the most permanently gorgeous band on Planet Earth.

There Ain’t No Santa Claus On The Evenin’ Stage by Captain Beefheart (1972)
(Don Van Vliet)

9.5 “All-time classic” Blues / Rhythm n Blues
TJR saysFrom his fifth album “The Spotlight Kid”. Slung-Low blues inflections where the message is clear: this Rock n Roll biz ain’t no fairytale.

Happy Xmas - Happy New Year by Mabel Mafuya (1960)

9.4 “Classic” Africana
TJR saysFirst spun at 78RPM, this joyous classic from 1960 is always overlooked in Xmas retrospectives which seems a shame. The young Mabel Mafuya was one of South Africa’s top-selling jive vocalists in her day.

No Xmas For John Quays by The Fall (1979)
(Mark E. Smith)

9.2 “Classic” Trance Rock
TJR saysFrom the debut album “Live at the Witch Trials”. As I write in 2019, it's our second Xmas without Mark E. Smith, how I miss him madly. Frankie Lymon was 11 years dead at this stage, from a heroin overdose at only 25…

Xmas Steps [ep version] by Mogwai (1998)
(Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, John Cummings)

9.1 “Classic” Prog
TJR saysFrom their EP “No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew)”. Not be confused with “Step Into Christmas”, this song was named after the quaintly named “Christmas Steps”, a road in Bristol. Watch the video and get those Abominable Yeti boots on your Dear Santa list.

Blue Christmas [live unplugged] by Elvis Presley (1968)
(Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson)

9.0 “Classic” Blues / Rhythm n Blues
TJR saysLong before there was MTV Unplugged, Elvis was ON IT for his '68 comeback special, recorded in June and first aired by NBC in December. “Play it dirty Elvis, play it dirty…”

TJR presents… Top 10: Christmas Songs (via Spotify)

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