#ChristmasSongOfTheDay 2019 – Part One

In my post on Tuesday –  A Not Very Extreme Makeover – I promised to do what I did last year, by sharing here the songs which I have been posting on Twitter and Facebook for my #ChristmasSongOfTheDay. As we’ve now had almost a week of these this seems as good a time as any to start the snowball rolling. In my ordered mind there seems no other place to begin other than the beginning, so here’s what I posted on 1st December (last Sunday, if you’ve already lost the plot this month!):

Being a creature of habit, I have begun with that one for all of the five years that I’ve been celebrating Christmas songs in this way. It dates back to 1975, when I was 22 and in my first permanent employment after uni, and always brings back memories for me. The song has become a Christmas standard over the years and is still, in my view, one of the best Christmas hits we’ve ever seen in the pop charts. I don’t feature many ‘hits’ in my choices, because my taste in music is wider (better?) than the dross that seems to sell by the bucketload, but there are a very few honourable exceptions.

For Monday 2nd I shared a folk music version of a traditional carol. Many of you will know of Maddy Prior as being the long-time vocalist with Steeleye Span, but I suspect fewer will know of her in that role with the Carnival Band, who regularly tour at Christmas with a show of seasonal music. You can see from this video how much fun they have doing this – it’s joyous:

Tuesday saw the return of another of my favourites. The Dropkick Murphys are an American band with Irish roots, as their name suggests. Their take on the Christmas family gathering is wonderful, and there is so much to enjoy in this video. If it doesn’t make you smile, at least, I think you might need an operation to reverse your sense of humour bypass:

Having begun the month with three older favourites I thought I’d share a few first timers in my selection, and the past three have all been new to my choices for you. The first of these, from Wednesday 4th, is actually very new. It is the lead track from Bryan Adams’ recent EP of songs for the season, imaginatively entitled Christmas. This was only released last week, and offers a modern day retelling of the nativity story. I’ve long been a fan of his, and he has produced some great records over the past 35 years or so. This one might not quite be up there with his best, though it’s fun. But I think he might possibly have been upstaged in the video by the three ‘wise men,’ who appear to have dropped in from Wayne’s World:

Having originally been released in 1967, yesterday’s choice has taken a while to reach my selections. It was a novelty hit in Australia and New Zealand, but not in the US or the UK. I chose it because it carries a good message about the spirit of friendship to all, which I think is especially appropriate for Christmas. The video is fun, too:

Today’s choice completed my current trio of first timers (more are on the way), though again it is an oldie – dating from 1979. I’m rather breaking my own rule here, as this one actually spent five weeks in the UK charts, peaking at no.28. I don’t imagine that many at the time would have foreseen a collaboration between Thin Lizzy and two of the Sex Pistols but, under the name of The Greedies, this is their take on a couple of well known Christmas songs. They seem to be having fun with them, too:

That would have been a wrap for my first round up, apart from an extra one: today I also shared a bonus #Christmas video. This advert for a local hardware store has taken the country by storm, with coverage on national tv and in the press. It just shows what can be done with a budget of £100, love and a beautiful song. No need for strange dragons here. You may already have seen this but, if not, prepare yourself for two minutes of utter delightfulness:

I hope you’ve found something to enjoy amongst this rather mixed bag.  You can follow me on Twitter or my Facebook blog page if you want to see these every day as they appear, and don’t forget my less than standard approach to an Advent Calendar on Instagram. Links to all are in the column to the right.

See you again soon for the next set of songs.

36 thoughts on “#ChristmasSongOfTheDay 2019 – Part One

  1. clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Maddie Prior and the Carnival Band songs get played every Christmas 😊. And Greg Lake’s song is always a Christmas favourite.

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    • Clive December 19, 2019 / 9:14 pm

      Two of my favourites too. Glad you enjoyed them 😊

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 9:30 pm

        I also liked ‘The Holly Bears a Berry’ (Sans Day Carol) by Maddie Prior and the Carnival Band. Sandy Denny sang a version of this too with Alex Campbell (sadly I can’t find it on the Web!). But wort a listen if you can find it.

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      • Clive December 19, 2019 / 9:49 pm

        Another one I like. The Sandy Denny version must be very obscure: I have a 210 track ‘Complete’ of her in my Apple Music library and it isn’t even on that! Next stop YouTube 😊

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 9:53 pm

        Clive – it’s on the 19 Rupert St compilation I think … but I can’t find it on YouTube!

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      • Clive December 19, 2019 / 10:03 pm

        Not in Apple Music or iTunes either!

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 10:15 pm

        You should find it on iTunes – but I can’t play it as I’m not a subscriber!

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 10:28 pm

        Thanks Clive – don’t know why I couldn’t find it!

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      • Clive December 19, 2019 / 10:35 pm

        I found it by searching the album title. There’s a folder there with all the tracks in it, as far as I can tell. Thanks for the heads up, I’ve saved it to my folder and may well include it next year: the rest of this year is already planned!

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 9:49 pm

        Here’s a version of the Sans Day Carol by Maddie Prior …

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      • Clive December 19, 2019 / 9:57 pm

        Thanks for that. I subscribe to them on YouTube and have several in my Christmas Songs list, but have missed this one! Here’s the link for Thea: https://youtu.be/QYtvYLickGE

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      • clivebennett796 December 19, 2019 / 10:03 pm

        Thanks Clive – I enjoyed that version too!

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  2. Debbie from Deb's World December 9, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed these songs Clive and the fun videos that go with them. The snoopy one rings a bell but I’d not seen the others. That Haford ad is just so sweet, I’ve seen it before and it’s a perfect addition to your post! #senisal

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    • Clive December 9, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, Debbie – I try mostly to go for songs that aren’t familiar to many, as it’s more fun (for me, anyway) that way. I guess the Snoopy one rang a bell as your part of the world was the only one in which it was a hit! I couldn’t resist adding in the ad – I may include it with all four episodes, as it is lovely.

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      • Debbie from Deb's World December 9, 2019 / 2:43 pm

        Great idea to include the advert Clive! And it was done so cheaply too. Looking forward to your next posts.

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      • Clive December 9, 2019 / 2:46 pm

        Thanks, I thought so too! It deserves repeated showings – as I understand it, the only real money they needed to spend was on the royalties for the song, the rest was done ‘in the family.’ Hope you find something to enjoy in the rest of the series.

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  3. Darlene December 9, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    Thank you so much for these great songs!! Snoopy vs the Red Baron is my all-time favourite!! And this is the first time I´ve heard it this year. You made my day!!

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    • Clive December 9, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      I’m pleased to have had that effect! Hopefully you’ll find more that you like in the rest of the series.

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      • Darlene December 9, 2019 / 12:52 pm

        I went back and listened to The Dropkick Murphys and never laughed so hard. So thanks again!!

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      • Clive December 9, 2019 / 12:56 pm

        That one does come highly recommended for its laugh factor! I still see new things in it even now: they packed so much into it, and some of the facial expressions are priceless!

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  4. Laurie December 9, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    What an eclectic collection of Christmas songs. Something here for everyone! Especially love the Bryan Adams and Snoopy songs!

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    • Clive December 9, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them! This is the first of what will be a four-part series, so hopefully you’ll find some more you like in the other parts 😊

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  5. Stevie Turner December 7, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    Wow, I’ve been a Thin Lizzy fan for years, but have never heard of The Greedies! Thanks Clive!

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    • Clive December 7, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Likewise, Stevie. Saw them play live a couple of times, back in the day. This one rang the vaguest of bells with me – but to be honest I picked it up from a YouTube recommendation. If you watch a lot of Christmas song videos, they show you loads more!

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      • Clive December 7, 2019 / 3:21 pm

        It was the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone and Harlow Town Park for me 😊

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  6. robertawrites235681907 December 6, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    I love the Greg Lake song, Clive. It was played frequently when we were in the UK over the Christmas period in 2010. I still love it.

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  7. watchingthedaisies December 6, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    I think my favourite has to be Greg Lake. Although I am a big Bryan Adams and Thin Lizzy fan , I had not seen or heard of these two songs till today. Happy Christmas.

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    • Clive December 6, 2019 / 4:16 pm

      It’s long been a favourite of mine, too, Brigid. I’m glad I’ve introduced you to some new ones – more on the way in the remaining episodes! Happy Christmas to you too 😊

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