Singles & Downloads
By the time you read this there will be no escaping it: the country will be brainwashed and swamped by X Factor mania, swaying in a zombified state to a bland and inspid version of ‘Hallelujah’ and I’ll have attempted to eat my own ears. Again. So here’s a few tips for survival …
Get some Paw Tracks releases in your life. This lovely little record label is responsible for double 7in ‘Be Good to Earth this Season/ Wolfie’s Christmas’ •••• by Reverend Green, and Drawlings ••••; both of which are brilliantly creepy. And in a similar vein, everyone’s favourite musical Mormons Low are back with ‘Santa Is Coming Over’ (Sub Pop) ••••, a Christmas ditty which is dark, menacing and maudlin too – excellent.
Now, in these troubled times, it’s true that the temptation to reach for the Slade-esque stinkers may be hard to resist. But be strong: Status Quo’s ‘It’s Christmas Time’ (UMTV) •, ‘Once Upon a Christmas Song’ (Polydor) • by Geraldine McQueen aka Peter Kay, and ‘I’ve Met Jesus’ (MX3) • by Justin Hawkins’ dire new act Hot Leg are definitely NOT the way to go. If you’re after infectious tunes try The Wombats’ ‘Is This Christmas’ (14th Floor) •••, ‘City Of Christmas Ghosts’ (Damaged Goods) •••• by Goldblade and Poly Styrene, Glasvegas’ ‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) EP (Sony/BMG) •••• or even something off of Elvis Presley’s ‘Christmas Duets’ album (Sony Legacy) ••• instead, making sure (obviously) to skip the track featuring LeAnn Rimes.
Finally, to the important business of crowning Single of the Fortnight. It’s a tough call with the beautifully wistful ‘Christmas TV’ (Moshi Moshi) ••••• by Slow Club around, but Frightened Rabbit just pip them to the post. ‘It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop’ (FatCat) ••••• caters in typically compelling lyrics, tinkling pianos, guitars, strings and huge harmonies. Epic, blustery and bittersweet – it doesn’t get more crimbo than that.