Sunday, 4 December 2011


MERRY CHRISTMAS! Not another Christmas collection? Well, this is a very personal one - and in a bumper two parts! Some Christmas favs and some songs that through total fluke I now associate with Christmas. I must be the only person on the planet who makes a point of listening to 'Homophobic Asshole' at this most magical time of the year, but luckily (and at a push) some even have a Christmassy theme like those that mention Saints or Toys. Like I say, it's a personal collection that I've attempted to compile almost every year previously, be it on cassette or Spotify, so this continues a long line of curious compilations trying to make sense of it all. I'm sure it's not the last either. Some omission, but hey, I'll have another crack next year. No talking on this one either, so it is EVEN MORE special. P.S. Make a point of listening to the Billy McKenzie tune on part two and dig out Bowie on 'Extras'. Curious. Anyway, have a nice Christmas and happy New Year and SILVERY will see you in 2012 with some new tunes. XX

Part One:
WIZZARD - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
DANNY KAYE - Inchworm
ADORABLE - I'll Be Your Saint
JONA LEWIE - Stop The Cavalry
SENSELESS THINGS - Homophobic Asshole
WEDDING PRESENT - Step Into Christmas
REM - Toys In The Attic
STEREOLAB - Jenny Ondioline
PULP - David's Last Summer
OASIS - Columbia
CROSBY / BOWIE - Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy
GREG LAKE - I Believe In Father Christmas
PINK FLOYD - Merry Christmas Song

Part Two:
ST. ETIENNE / TIM BURGESS - I Was Born On Christmas Day
RUSSELL GARCIA - London 1900 / Filby's Theme
SIMON & GARFUNKEL - For Emily Where Ever I May Find Her
CHICKEN SHED - I Am In Love With The World
GENEVA - Strung Out On You
THE WAITRESSES - Christmas Wrapping
SPARKS - Number One Song In Heaven
BO SELECTA - Proper Crimbo
BILLY MCKENZIE - When The World Was Young
ANDREA BOCELLI - White Christmas
BAND AID - Do They Know It's Christmas
SLADE - Merry Christmas Everyone

Serving suggestions: On the Christmas card run to the old neighbourhood, putting up the tree again after some indoor football went wrong, Christmas morning in the kitchen etc etc.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas Podcast Bonus Features

The idea behind the Christmas Podcast seemed to go down well, so I thought I'd add an addition part - the tracks that didn't make the original cut. More tunes that somehow have attached them to my festive cheer, and I'll stick it just below the original post so it's like when they add bonus material to reissued CDs. Chronologically this kind of sits alongside the previous two parts. Liking lists, it's been a huge effort to not spell out every single memory connected to each song (that can be for next Christmas) but highlights include driving around the snowy hometown listening to REM, the Christmas I spent listening to The Smiths with nothing but a red lightbulb for company, those freezing treks across London wondering what the fuck Mr Bungle thought they were doing, and getting lost in the woods listening to Gary Glitter on the way home from the pub in the early hours of Christmas morning. Very Christmassy. Have a good one, chums XX

The Holly & The Ivy - Westminster Cathedral Choir
Superman - REM
Half A Person - The Smiths
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Dead Giveaway - Geneva
I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus - Gap Kids
Amateur Hour - Sparks
Pink Cigarette - Mr Bungle
Hewlett's Daughter - Grandaddy
Walking In The Air - Aled Jones
You Belong To Me - Gary Glitter
Merry Christmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko

The Christmas morning I awoke to find an AT-AT beside my bed