17 Seconds Christmas Posts 2015: part 7


Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ remains the biggest-selling record ever in the UK not to go to no.1, kept off by Band Aid’s original ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas?’ in 1984.

It has been covered a few times, including by Jimmy Eat World…(available on iTunes)

The Manic Street Preachers…(available on iTunes)

…and All About Eve, on their Iceland album, and Kim Wilde on her Wilde Winter Songbook album.

Seeing as it’s still (just about) the season of goodwill…

…and I was asked to re-post some of the last songs I’d done in my Christmas posts, here we go:

Stars -‘Fairytale Of New York.’ mp3
Pipettes -‘White Christmas.’ mp3
Teenage Fanclub -‘Christmas Eve.’ mp3
Dandy Warhols -‘Little Drummer Boy.’ mp3
Beck -‘The Little Drum Machine Boy.’ mp3
Liz Phair -‘Winter Wonderland.’ mp3
Holly Golightly -‘Christmas Tree On Fire.’ mp3
Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of The British Empire -‘Christmas 1979.’ mp3
Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo -‘My First Santa.’ mp3
Eels -‘Christmas Is going To The Dogs.’ mp3
Eels -‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool this Christmas.’ mp3
Weezer -‘Christmas Celebration.’ mp3
Weezer -‘The Christmas Song.’ mp3

Songs For Christmas XX

Well, term finished today, and I’m pretty brain dead. To say nothing of going Christmas Shopping, and finding the streets of Edinburgh full, and I kept running into kids I teach…however, I did finally manage to get a vinyl copy of Malcolm Middleton’s ‘We’re All Going To Die.’ (Fopp in Edinburgh still have copies, if a) you want one and b) you are in a position to get there).

I was also very flattered yesterday to get an email from a reader, Ryan, in California, who said it would really make his month if I featured his song on one of my Christmas posts.

Well, why not, seeing as his band Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo (and that link leads to his MySpace) are pretty damn good, and I’m up for featuring new stuff:

Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo -‘My First Santa.’ mp3

And a few other goodies that might appeal…

First up, the Eels (picture of singer E above):

Eels -‘Christmas Is Going To The Dogs.’ mp3

Eels -‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas.’ mp3

and also Weezer…

Weezer -‘Christmas Celebration.’ mp3

Weezer -‘The Christmas song.’ mp3

Four more posts to go for Christmas…