The Black Arts: Christmas Number One
Well, it didn’t get to be Christmas Number One last Christmas, but it should have done. Members of Black Box Recorder and Art Brut (hence the name) offer an irony-free take on the Christmas hit, bells and all, with this tale. An xmas song, cynically written in August, takes over the airwaves and turns into a monster, insisting it is Father Christmas “with a filthy stick-on beard”. It only sods off after xmas is over… until next year, obviously. So you get a Proper Christmas Song about “the season of Nod and Roy” as well as a Proper Kicking of the whole heartless xmas cash cow, all in one festive package. One of the very few songs to manage to capture the real seasonal spirit, in other words, along with the Pogues’ ‘Fairytale’.
If they re-released this they’d have to bring back Top Of The Pops this Christmas. (Top of The Pops!) Oh they have brought it back? Well come on then!
‘Christmas Number One‘ – The Black Arts