OK, so this is one I have posted before – but as this songs is utterly brilliant, it would be rude not to! I don’t know much about this band, though I saw them supporting Elbow in Edinburgh in about 2005 or 2006 at the Queens Hall, and they were brilliant.
There are various theories about what Mew’s ‘She Came Home For Christmas’ is about. Some of them (listed on the video comments on YouTube) are slightly disturbing and not what I had taken from the song at all. Suffice to say it’s beautiful, sad and ultimately uplifting. It’s been released a number of times, and although was first released in the UK in 2002, its original release in their native Denmark was back in 1997.
The first time I came across Danish band Mew was when I saw them mentioned in NME with this Christmas single back in 2002. Arguably this is their best known track, and it’s one of half a dozen Top 75 UK singles they have had (although none of their albums have charted here). I think of them as being a cross between indie and prog, though that may just be me.
A few years after this came out, they supported Elbow at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall – this sounded epic live.
You can find this on Frengers: Not Quite Friends But Not Quite Strangers
Christmas actually does look like this in Edinburgh
It’s been a fairly up and down year away from the blog (let’s just say there are a few people in my life who don’t even deserve coal in their Christmas stockings), but with Christmas fast approaching I’m determined to avoid thinking about them and even try and be a little less bah humbug.
As with the previous two years on the blog, I will be posting lots of Christmas stuff on the blog, as well as my end of year Festive fifty and Top albums (I think I’m just going to do a brief end of decade summary to avoid exhaustion). Another blogger who is also doing Christmas on the blogs is the lovely Tart, over at Love Shack, Baby, so in the very unlikely event that you haven’t been over there to say hello, please go and say hi!
Mrs. 17 Seconds has gone off on a girly weekend with old uni mates, so brother 17 Seconds and I are planning to cause all manner of mayhem, so that I can try and forget how much I am actually really missing her right now. The 17 Seconds Towers cats are already starting to mope (then again, they get abandonment issues if either of us is in the bathroom for five minutes).
So…enjoy the first track, I don’t seem to post many Danish bands here, but hope you like this:
Danish band Mew first came onto my radar six years ago, when they first released their Christmas song ‘She Came Home For Christmas.’ I’ve seen them live, supporting Elbow, round about the time of the latter touring to support Leaders Of The Free World, and yet on record they’ve never really grabbed me as much as they have with ‘She Came Home For Christmas.’
It’s beautiful, it’s European…and it’s even a little bit prog. As heartfelt as ‘O Caroline’ by Matching Mole, even…
First of all, another instalment from Scandinavia. This song is great, and it deserves to become one of those perennials, IMHO:
Mew -‘She Came Home For Christmas.’ mp3
The Christmas album (the concept, as opposed to just Low’s album) seems to be much bigger in the US than it is over here in Scotland and the rest of the UK. I haven’t heard the whole album, but this was released by Brian Wilson a couple of years ago, as a 7″ single too:
Brian Wilson -‘What I Really Want For Christmas.’ mp3
And a Brian Wilson-related song from over forty years ago…
Beach Boys -‘Little Saint Nick.’ mp3
And don’t forget to drop by here tomorrow, there’ll be more treats. Heading in the direction of the USB turntable armed with White Stripes, Waitresses and Wedding Present…