Happy Crimbo

23 12 2014

As some may know, every two weeks in Hot Press I write a spread called the Tracks Of The Fortnight (which, I’m hoping, should be pretty self explanatory).

For our Christmas issue I decided to put together a mini festive playlist for those who are fucked off with hearing the likes of Shaky etc, so I thought I post it up here too.

Happy Christmas peoples!

The fortnight’s best digital downloads, podcasts and live sessions



Contrary to what some mainstream media outlets would have you believe, there’s much more to Christmas music than ‘The Fairytale Of New York.’ With that in mind-here’s an alternative selection of tunes to listen to while you give your chestnuts a proper roasting. First up, here’s seminal punk rock ‘n’ roll band the Murder City Devils with a fiddle-led whiskey-soaked waltz about all the best things about Crimbo-ie booze, prezzies and Santa.


The Season’s Upon Us (CHRISTMAS SONG)

If the schmaltzy likes of Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ isn’t your cup of eggnog, then check out this little ditty from the Dropkick Murphys. Telling the tale of a Scrooge-like man who meets up with his dysfunctional family every Yule, it’s a funny, oddly sweet song with a cool video featuring Irish dancers, daft dogs and cute kids.


Something For You (CHRISTMAS SONG)

Featuring two of modern garage pop’s biggest acts, ‘Something For You’ is a beautiful duet that could melt the heart of the coldest curmudgeon. Boasting a plethora of bells (including both “sleigh” and “church”), some grungy guitars, slushy lyrics and harmonies which are as warm and fuzzy as Fozzy Bear in a fleecy Christmas jumper, fans of Phil Spector and Weezer will love this.


Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (CHRISTMAS SONG)

Current kings of comedy Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly decide to play things straight (for the most part) in their re-enactment of David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s legendary performance of ‘Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy.’ Frankly, if this cracker doesn’t jingle your bell, then expect a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past over the next few days….




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