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



About jkneale

BothBarsOn's London correspondent.

Posted on December 11, 2008, in Earworm and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Like it, in a disturbing kinda way.

  2. That’s probably what they were after. Top of the Pops!

  3. Like a yuletide version of ‘The Black Hit Of Space’

  4. Indeed – one of your favourites if I recall correctly?

  5. Hay, the usendit says you’ve reached maximum downloads for this lovely song, could you resend it? Puh-leeeeze?

  6. Less than one month to go… and Christmas will be here again!!!

    Email me your top 5 of favorite Christmas songs and I will compile a top 10 of a very special edition of the Pmachinery Christmas Top 10.

    You can send me an email until December 23, 2009.

    Please write in the subject line: My Christmas Top 5.

    Send your email to:

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