Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Carol singers cartoon: A Christmas classic

"I do love the traditional Christmas songs."

This cartoon is one of two I've got in the Private Eye Christmas Special and it refers, as I'm sure most of you know, to Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.

I love the song (I still have a battered 7in single of it somewhere) but I do find it funny that it has become such a Christmas favourite despite those lyrics.

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap, lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last


Like the best Christmas songs, it has an edge of cynicism and melancholy, the latter made worse by the tragically early death of Kirsty MacColl. I was a big fan both of her solo stuff and the contributions she made to records by some of my favourite acts, such as the Smiths and Billy Bragg. She was one of a kind.




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4 comments:

  1. I love Fairytale oof New York for all the above. It is truly ironic it is so popular. HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS. XXX Don

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  2. And the best of the season to you too, Don.

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  3. Really liked this one, Royston- but it made me realise i haven't seen door to door carol singers since i was a kid- do they exist anymore outside of Richard Curtis films?

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  4. Thanks, Len. Yes, it's a good point. They exist in Richard Curtis films and the oddly old-fashioned world of gag cartoons! I bet people would quite like to hear carol singer-style renditions of some of the more recent Christmas tunes though ...

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