Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Xmas [War is Over]

I am in agreement with the Brits, who consistently vote Fairytale of New York City by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl as the greatest Christmas song ever. Also in my top five are John and Yoko's Happy Xmas [War is Over], and the lesser known Christmas at the Zoo by the Flaming Lips (here).

So the recent collaboration between Ono and the Flaming Lips, covering Happy Xmas would (on paper) seem like an ideal addition to my small playlist of acceptable Christmas music. It is not.
While it's likely not the worst version of the song (surely that would go to REO Speedwagon or Celine Dion, though I've heard neither), it is certainly less than the sum of its parts.

If you're curious, or a completist, it can be downloaded at Amazon, here.

Fairy Tale of New York City is available on The Best of The Pogues, below, with a cover by William Wegman.

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