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Listen here.

We're a bit chronologically challenged again; St. Stephen's Day is better known in these parts as Boxing Day. This song is all about that point in the Christmas season when you are sick and tired of all your relatives and contemplating (or indeed committing) murder. Incidentally if you can imagine a fouler drink than Tia Maria mixed with Irn-Bru, your imagination is a dark and frightening place.

This song also has the distinction of having introduced me to TWO of my new favourite Christmas albums - and quite by accident at that. Last year as I was poking about iTunes for new Christmas music, I came across an iTunes playlist that mentioned a duet by Kirsty MacColl and someone else that wasn't Fairytale of New York. I knew there was no way in hell there would be another Kirsty Christmas duet that I, and more to the point Freeworld, hadn't heard of, but I checked it out anyway. It turned out to be Thea Gilmore's rollicking rendition of this song (with Mark Radcliffe). So that introduced me to her. Then I went poking about the Internet for more information and came across this thread on an Elvis Costello fan forum, which contains any amount of interesting trivia, and thus introduced me to The Bells of Dublin and this (original) version of the song. (I trust this is all perfectly clear?)

Just for fun, here's Thea doing her version live and solo:

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This link from yesterday's post mentions this documentary. Some kind soul on YouTube has put it up in 6 parts:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
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Listen here.

This, of course, is the Christmas song for cynics and skeptics and thwarted romantics. It was kept out of the No. 1 spot by the Pet Shop Boys when it came out in 1987, but has since triumphed - how often do you hear from the Pet Shop Boys these days? Precisely.

Multiple videos for this one. The original (see Matt Dillon?):

Plus a live version:

Here's a 1987 interview with Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl:

Kirsty: Christmas is obviously a time for overdoing everything at once and regularly. Doesn't everybody? I don't want to bump into anyone sober, that's for sure. The best hangover cure I can think of is giving away all your money to the poor. Then they can get drunk and you can't.

Shane: Boxing Day is traditionally the day for that. Boxing Day used to be when the tradesmen came round and you gave them a box. Hence the name. After three days of drinkin' with a bit of sleep thrown in I start again. I've got two failsafe hangover cures.

Kirsty: Hair of the dog cures, I'll be bound.

Shane: Naturally. The first one is a port and brandy. A nice warming drink which settles the stomach and lines it for the day ahead. The other one is a lunchtime cure - a pink gin. Those two cure anything, especially if you chase one with the other.

Kirsty: Champagne makes me feel better. As long as you can drink champagne you know you're not actually dead.

Well said, Kirsty, we lost you much too soon.

For more Shane/Kirsty goodness, I encourage you to go find Lorelei as well.

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The marvellous Kirsty MacColl singing the prophetic "Free World". This is the video, so you get "wag" instead of "shag". But the rage comes through loud and clear.

I wouldn't tell you if I didn't care


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