Welcome to the JoeBusiness festive special!!! BOSH! I love Christmas. What’s not to love? Everyone basically thinks ‘Right, I’m not going to do any work until January and am just going to get drunk instead.’ And nobody cares!
This time of year also means the Christmas song. I love Christmas songs: nothing religious (sorry Cliff, I’m just not into it) or preachy and serious, I’m talking something you can boogy to. Fairytale of New York. Yes! All I Want for Christmas. YES! Last Christmas. Oh George give it to me YEEEE…. Oh no, it’s gone everywhere and now the keyboard’s all sticky… Sorry I’m drinking Eggnog as I write this. It’s also the time of the year when we have the traditional race for Christmas number 1, usually contested by the winner of that year’s X Factor, the Christmas classics – The Pogues, Mariah Carey etc and an evocative song for a good cause. In terms of the latter, last year’s track was from The Military Wives Choir and this year’s is by The Justice Collective (including Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams) and is in aid of the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, to help them cover their legal fees as they continue to pursue justice for their lost loved ones. Now it goes without saying what a good cause that is and at the time of writing (Wednesday 19th December) they are leading the midweek charts.
However, the point I’m trying to make is that the Christmas No. 1 should invoke the spirit of this time of year. Whether it’s people’s sense of charity being stimulated by a record or drinking Baileys and dancing in your Mum’s kitchen, this week’s charts aren’t just about the most popular new song. I wish James Arthur the best of luck, Impossible is a good song (although I prefer the original) but you’re not going to be driving along in your car, on the 8th December in a couple of years’ time, hear that come on the radio and to your own surprise start belting it out at the top of your lungs and realise that BOOM! That’s the moment you got in the Christmas spirit and it was that song that got you there. It was Driving Home for Christmas that got me this year and I went straight home and got the tree out. Christmas songs bring back memories of a time of year when anything goes. I remember doing an unprovoked dance routine in my Nan’s dining room to Smokey Robinson’s Tracks of my Tears (not a Christmas song, I know, but it was in amongst a festive compilation), something that would’ve been treated with suspicion and concern at any other time of year but instead was greeted by rapturous applause… I was 22 years old. But that’s what Christmas is all about, being able to do whatever you want as long as it’s not normal or serious and that’s what a Christmas song should bring out in you. It should be something that couldn’t make it into the charts in any other week and is basically shorthand for ‘Go on, behave like an irresponsible goon for a few days, we’re all doing it!’ Not a recent pop song that reminds you that oh no, after December 31st there’s an actual real world with jobs and bills where people aren’t made content by a pair of novelty antlers on an unwilling dog! It’s the effect of a Christmas song that’s important and that’s why this week belongs to them.
This is the time of year to play songs on repeat that you absolutely wouldn’t at any other time, eat 1kg of pistachios at 10am (guilty) and wear jumpers that would most likely get you a red nose pulsating with pain rather than Christmas cheer in another season (take the photo of me with this article as a prime example). So go out and buy The Justice Collective single, or Mariah Carey or East 17, just don’t buy Rihanna, Will.i.Am featuring Britney or James Arthur! Buy them the week after if you want, because this week we’re drinking snowballs in the morning and having a dance off with our aunty!
Thank you for reading and having a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.
There will be no JoeBusiness next week as I’m off on holiday in New York, practising my camp English charms on wide-eyed Alabama farm girls and trying my utmost to encourage them to make bad decisions. However, I’ll be back in the first week of January with a New Year’s Eve special.
Published on IAmMusic.TV, 20th Dec 2012