Christmas time is here, and for others some other holiday season has arrived. Along with gift giving and people acting like idiots while shopping (isn’t it ironic that Black Friday and all the idiocy that comes with that day is the day after we are supposed to be thankful for what we have?) we have holiday music. Some of the songs are absolutely wonderful (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a personal favorite) but let’s face it, holiday music gets real old real fast.
Luckily we have some Christmas songs that are not only timeless holiday classics but even sound great the other eleven months of the year. “Fairytale of New York” is a track from Celtic punk rock band The Pogues featuring guest vocals from Kirsty MacColl. The song was released in 1987 and is still my all-time favorite Christmas song. If you are looking for a traditional holiday piece of music a la Burl Ives you won’t find it here.
Interestingly enough, while searching for an image for this post I discovered a great post about the same song from So Much Silence, a music blog that I feel is required reading. The post was from two years ago and the sentiment still rings true today.
I figure since not everyone is into holiday music any band I pick for the Tfronky Pick of the Week this month will have a two video feature to appease the Grinches out there. Both videos come from my favorite Pogues album, 1988’s If I Should Fall from Grace with God. Enjoy.