Fairytale of New York

November 29, 2014 7:33 PM

It's almost December, so it's time for this classic holiday song, originally by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl!

This was done for the Theme Music group on Facebook a month ago. Those responsible are: Me: Vocal; James Goodfellow: Drums, mandolin; Owen Hodgson: Keyboard, orchestra, accordion, penny whistle; Keith Klingensmith: Vocal; Shane O'Donnell: Banjo; Kyle Richards: Bass, mix; Scott Sutherland: Guitars.

The video I put together for it is here.

[Disclaimer from me, personally: There is a word I sing in this song I normally would not ever say. The UK member of my band as well as other sources assured me that the word is being used with a different meaning than the slur it seems to be. Still insulting, though. Anyway, we kept the lyrics as they were in the original.]

posted by litlnemo (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Nicely, nicely done! That guy playing the drums and mandolin at the same time is truly talented.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:03 PM on November 29, 2014

Well, he wasn't playing them live at the same time. ;) Thanks!
posted by litlnemo at 8:06 PM on November 29, 2014

Hmph, then I'm not so impressed. But seriously, this is an excellent recording.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:35 PM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

This is really nicely done. I hadn't heard the original, but I loved the feel of the whole thing going in blind.
posted by cortex at 9:25 AM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]

I hadn't heard the original

That blows my mind! A reminder of US/UK cultural differences - this song has been played for the entire Christmas season over here for nearly 30 years. Some (like myself) don't consider the season to have started until the first radio play of the year. You really should check out the original, it's amazing. I hate Christmas songs but I never get tired of this one (maybe because it's more on the bleak than schmaltzy side). The lines "I could have been someone/Well so could anyone. You took my dreams from me when I first found you./I kept them with me babe. I put them with my own. Can't make it all alone, I built my dreams around you" always give me goosebumps.

All that said I was apprehensive about listening to this version because I've heard it murdered a few times, but you guys did a really good job. Happy Christmas (your arse)!
posted by billiebee at 9:37 AM on December 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

"There is a word I sing in this song I normally would not ever say."

Better that than trying to make a prissy and misguided substitution.
posted by Paul Slade at 6:06 AM on December 22, 2014

Yeah. In the end it seemed important to leave it as is, though I still found it hard to sing that.
posted by litlnemo at 4:45 PM on December 22, 2014

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