Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Songs Countdown: #6

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without George and Andrew gracing our screens in dodgy knitted pullovers looking wistfully back at last year's skiiing holiday.

Double A-siding with Everything She Wants, Last Christmas was released in 1984 and reached a peak position of number 2 when the season's favourites Wham! and Frankie Goes To Hollywood were pipped at the post by Band Aid's charity single Do They Know It's Christmas. Wham!'s first year of royalties from the Last Christmas/ Everything She Wants single proved a considerable top-up to the money raised by Band Aid for the Ethopian Famine appeal when an out-of-court settlement was reached regarding a dispute based on perceived differences between Wham!'s Christmas single and Barry Manilow's Can't Smile Without You.

Personally, this song would be higher on the list if it wasn't for my annually renewed annoyance at George insisting upon singing "gev" instead of "gave." Drives me spare.

Here's the vid: Check out the jumpers, the skisuits and the hair!

Last Christmas has been covered by a scary number of artists, including but not limited to Whigfield, Cascada, Florence & the Machine, Atomic Kitten, the Arctic Monkeys and, not least, Rose from Doctor Who*:

* To evade messing up spacetime, Rose recorded this single under the moniker "Billie". Yes, I know it's awful, but it provided me an opening to shoehorn some Who in, and that's never a bad thing.