Monthly column by Kev Moore in the southern Spanish magazine "The Sentinella".
Christmas Singles - The Crackers and the Turkeys
It's Christmastime - and the public braces itself for the usual raft of festive singles,guaranteeing to produce some all-time highs - and toe-curling lows! Let's put aside 2010, and go back in time....
The 'Golden era' for Christmas singles was undoubtedly 1972-75 - years which saw the first release of JOHN & YOKO: Happy Xmas (War is Over) (72), WIZZARD: I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday,(73) GREG LAKE: I Believe in Father Christmas,(75) MUD: Lonely this Christmas,(74) and SLADE: Merry Xmas Everybody (73). Surprisingly, only Slade and Mud reached Number One.
Surprisingly few Christmas Number One's actually refer to Christmas - but my criteria for choosing the best and worst is that they must mention the C word!
The best? No contest. Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody - all about Christmas fun, but crucially,...