Last Christmas was my first as a blogger and not wanting to just post the obvious Christmas best song of all time I decided to post a cover of it. The first comment I received for the post described Billy Bragg and Florence Welch's cover of Fairytale Of New York as a dirge. Which on repeated listens turns out to be a pretty apt description of it.
The comment then went on to say that "Fairytale is up there with Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay and White Man In Hammersmith Palais, it should be left the fuck alone".
There is a very good reason why Fairytale should be left the fuck alone and is considered to be the best Christmas song ever recorded. Although it is a "Christmas" record it could be played any time of the year and would still sound like a classic song. Not just for Christmas this one. Great arrangement, great lyrics that have just the right mix of love, desperation and melancholy and a perfect match of vocals from Shane and Kirsty all combine to make Fairytale the perfect Christmas tune.
"The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day"
Happy Christmas one and all.