This Christmas marks twenty five years since the original release of The Pogues classic Christmas song, ‘Fairytale of New York’, featuring Kirsty MacColl. Since then it has become one of the most loved Christmas pop tunes of all time – so much so – that bookmakers Paddy Power has slashed the odds to 20/1 for the song to hit the No.1 spot this Christmas, when the single will be reissued on iTunes and as a limited edition 7″ vinyl. Warner Music said “we’ve been amazed at the love out there for Fairytale of New York. What started out as a limited run of 7” singles for the die-hard fans has turned into a genuine No. 1 contender.”
Not a sleigh bell in sight, i`m pretty sure `Fairytale of New York` has featured in everyone`s Christmas celebrations over the last quarter of a century. It`s a fact The Pogues can lay claim to the cooler and slightly rebellious seasonal hit compared to the guaranteed Mariah Carey or X-Factor ear bashing that`s forced upon us in the name of Christmas cheer. Our much loved Noddy Holder calls Merry X`mas Everybody “his pension scheme”, a small but valid commercial insight into how much is riding on the all important chart position. Our essential top three songs for brandy and mince pies are as follows 1. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York 2. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 3. Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy. Anyone recommend some unusual Christmas audio?
Remember, The Pogues are not just for Christmas!
A spokesperson from Paddy Power said “‘Whilst it’s never a surprise to see the greatest Christmas single of all time making it’s way up the charts in the festive season, we don’t usually give it a chance of making it all the way. Things could be different on the 25th anniversary though, and we’re currently prepared to offer a fitting 25/1 for a fairytale ending!’
The Pogues themselves will be supporting the release with a one-off UK gig at the London O2 Arena on 20th December. And on TV, Shane MacGowan will be appearing on ITV1 ‘Nations Favourite Christmas Song’ on Saturday 22nd Dec.
We have one copy of the limited 7″ Vinyl release to give away, any excuse to spread some holiday cheer with this truly iconic Christmas record. To register an entry, simply post some seasonal greetings in the comments box below and we`ll pick one next Monday.