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Christmas is filled with traditions, from roasted turkeys and overfeeding, to rubbish television and a collective of hideous jumpers being worn by the masses. A slightly alternative tradition to these, yet one that is just as, if not more important is The Pogues’ annual set of festive gigs. For years now The Pogues have performed in major cities throughout the UK to sold out crowds in the weeks up to Christmas. The reason for specifically choosing these dates could be for many reasons, such as trying to create a sense of unity among the crowd as they approach the season of goodwill, to help people through the cold nights… or perhaps and this seems likely, because Fairytale Of New York has made Shane MacGowan (Lead Singer) and the rest of the band a ridiculous sum of money.
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- Patrick Dalziel
The Daybreak presenters sung The Pogues' classic 'Fairytale of New York'.
The pair listened back to the video for the first time on the show today (December 5), having recorded it earlier in the week.
"You said come down, we'll do this for a right laugh, it'll be really funny," Kelly said.
"I've always wanted the chance to sing with Aled - I obviously can't hold a note - you never said it was going to go on the interweb and then on the telly!"
'Fairytale of New York' was first released in 1987 and featured guest vocals from Kirsty MacColl. It reached number two in the UK chart and topped the Irish chart.
It charted again on its re-release in 1991, and has been in the UK top 20 every year from 2005 to 2012.
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"Listen, Johnny Moped were better than the Clash and the Pistols put together," a young Shane MacGowan assured me 30 years ago. I can't remember if he was drinking, but he had a point.
Johnny Moped, punk rock's idiot savants, embodied the daft Diy essence of the times better than any other group. Not for them the artful defiance of Vivienne Westwood's costly clobber or the political posturing of Juanabe conquistadors – the Mopeds came from Croydon and made music for drunk people. Press play on your download of Basically, Johnny Moped and there's Shane in 1977, all self-conscious sneer and spit-spattered shirt up front at the Roxy, pogoing in approximate time to the Mopeds' ramshackle constructions: Incendiary Device, Groovy Ruby, Vd Boiler and Darling Let's Have Another Baby. »
Songwriter Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know (About Us)" makes a fitting title track for "Our Nixon." The found-footage documentary, woven from 500 hours of Super 8 shot by Watergate convicts H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin, isn't just a portrait of the Nixon's peculiar boys club. It's a time capsule from a bygone age. And, really, who would have thought the president's chief of staff, domestic affairs advisor, and special assistant spent the early 1970s making home movies along with national policy, carrying cameras as well as clipboards? (Imagine Reggie Love and Rahm Emanuel uploading playful YouTube videos from the campaign trail.) Witnessed from our own era -- an era of armed drones, hacker collectives, and Prism, of staying "on message" and avoiding "gaffes" -- this unorthodox raw material, collected by the FBI in the course of the Watergate investigation, seems almost quaint in its earnestness. "I was just waiting, »
- Matt Brennan
Classic track 'Fairytale Of New York' has sold over 1 million copies. The song, performed by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl and originally released in 1987, reached the landmark this December and has become the 126th song to achieve the feat. The single peaked at number two in the UK single charts when it first came out. It has managed to enter the top 40 every Christmas since 2005 due to online downloads. Martin Talbot, MD for the Official Charts Company, said: "It is apt that in the year of its 25th anniversary, 'Fairytale Of New York' has entered into the pantheon of the UK's all time favourite (more) »
- By Frances Taylor
London, Jan 2: British rock band Ultravox's 1981 hit 'Vienna' has been named as UK's favourite number two single.
The track topped the survey by BBC Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest song, which missed out on the number one spot.
Vienna was held off the top spot in 1981 by novelty track 'Shaddup You Face' by Joe Dolce, the BBC reported.
Christmas favourite 'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl came in at second place.
Other songs to feature in the top 10 include. »
- Meeta Kabra
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