22 December 2008
the boy least likely to christmas top 40
we didn't get the christmas number one in the end. oh well. i really didn't expect us to, so i'm not at all surprised or upset. i'm really happy because there were some lovely things written about the single all over the world and in lots of unusual places too, and that's the sort of thing that matters to me.
i'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but the charts are a bit weird now. particularly this week. beyonce has got three songs in the top twenty, wham are at number twenty seven and the top three are all cover versions and two of them are the same song. the winner of the x factor is number one with a cover version of 'hallelujah', and jeff buckley is at number two with his version of it. apparently there was a campaign all over the radio and the internet trying to get people to buy the jeff buckley version.
i don't really understand the campaign. i don't particularly like the alexandra burke version either, but the campaign had a few weird subtexts. it seemed to be all about jeff buckley being somehow more authentic because he was a white male rock star, and so had a natural predisposition towards understanding misery and suffering, and that a female pop star couldn't possibly carry the emotional weight of the song. i don't really understand why everyone was being so precious and protective about it. i don't even like the jeff buckley version. i always thought it was a bit histrionic. there was no subtlety or humour in the song when jeff buckley did it, and i always thought the original version by leonard cohen was quite a funny song, full of self deprecation and sexual innuendo, in the same way that most of his songs are. i like the way that leonard cohen pronounces the word "you" as "ya" whenever he's rhyming it with the word "hallelujah", and how it seems to get more and more ridiculous as the song goes on, and i always thought the lines "there was a time when you let me know what's really going on below, but now you never show that to me do you" were a really funny description of the sexual desperation of a bitter middle aged man in a failing relationship. but jeff buckley always seemed to be lacking the wry smile when he sang it. and as for alexandra burke, once the x factor has finished, i don't want to know about it anymore. it's the same every year, as soon as the winner is announced i stop caring. i just liked watching the little dorks for twelve weeks while they got slowly picked off by the british public, but then at the end of it all, even though i'm momentarily happy for whoever wins and everything, i don't actually ever want to see any of them again. i don't want them to actually release records and i don't want to see them on tv unless it's on another celebrity reality tv show trying to revive their failing careers.
anyway, because the christmas top forty was so rubbish. i decided to make up my own one, like i used to when i was eight. the only difference being that when i was eight i used to write it in a little notebook that had all my lists in and that no one ever saw, and now i'm going to write it down and post it up on the internet so that the whole world can read it. this isn't a list of my all time favourite christmas songs in the order that i like them, although some of my all time favourites are in there. it’s just a list of the christmas songs i've been listening to this christmas. it's not that different to the official uk top 40. wham are still at number twenty seven.
the boy least likely to offical christmas top 40
40. lauren laverne – in the bleak midwinter
39. comet gain – asleep on the snow
38. saint etienne – i was born on christmas day
37. david essex – a winter’s tale
36. the waitresses – christmas wrapping
35. daniel johnston – rock around the christmas tree
34. mariah carey – all i want for christmas is you
33. emmy the great – christmas in prison
32. john denver & the muppets – when the river meets the sea
31. my morning jacket – xmas time is here again
30. malcolm middleton - we’re all going to die
29. mogwai – christmas steps
28. arab strap – christmas (baby please come home)
27. wham – last christmas
26. bright eyes – silver bells
25. sufjan stevens – once in royal david’d city
24. feist – lo, how a rose e’re blooming
23. the wedding present – holly jolly hollywood
22. low – just like christmas
21. frightened rabbit – it’s christmas so we’ll stop
20. prairie cat – winter wonderland
19. the pipettes – white christmas
18. belle and sebastian – are you coming over for christmas?
17. badly drawn boy – donna and blitzen
16. the voluntary butler scheme – wombling merry christmas
15. camera obscura – little donkey
14. kermit the frog – have yourself a merry little christmas
13. the pogues and kirsty maccoll – fairytale of new york
12. amiina – hilli (at the top of the world)
11. low – santa’s coming over
10. rod thomas – on a silent night
rod premiered this christmas song last week when he played at our christmas show, and now you can enjoy it too if you just go to his website.
9. the school – kiss you in the snow
this is my favourite christmas song from last year, but i still haven't got tired of it so it's made the top ten this year too. i had to leave it off my christmas compilation that i made for our gig last week because the school were playing before us and i guessed that they might play it live because it was christmas and they did and it was wonderful.
8. au revoir simone – christmas time is here
i found this song on this compilation and it's lovely. it replaced 'fallen snow', which would usually have been in this list.
7. lucky lucky pigeons – red santa
apparently this was originally included on a compilation of christmas songs called 'a very cherry christmas 2".
6. little my – xmas song
5. versus the lion – santa santa claus
4. deerhoof – little drummer boy
3. slow club – christmas tv
2. the bicycles – snow
1. the boy least likely to – the first snowflake
hooray!! we’re number one!!! thank you to everyone that bought our single and thank you to everyone that wrote nice things about us.