Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"The Twelve Days Of Christmas ... Day 1"

Morning folks,

in order to get this site running again in one form or another after quite a long hiatus, I thought I shamelessly copy something which other folks do every year, and most probably do much better than me: twelve Christmas anthems on twelve consecutive days.

'What a brilliant idea!', I hear you scream, 'so new and innovative!' Yes, yes, I know, bugger off, but to be honest I couldn't be arsed to think of something better, at least you'll get 12 belters, promised, perhaps there are some Christmas - related tunes amongst them which you don't hear all too often elsewhere, who probably knows?!

This 'twelve days of Christmas' - thingy is, by the way, at least as fas as I know, more or less completely unknown here it Germany, all we have is 'Stille Nacht' and 'Kling Glöckchen, Klingelingeling', so these posts might be something of an educational achievement, if nothing else!

So, without further ado, here comes the tune I chose for "day one", a real gem, I'm sure you'll agree:

mp3: Half Man Half Biscuit — 'It's Clichéd To Be Cynical At Christmas'

What a fine band and what a fine song to start this little rundown with. I'm particularly fond of the line "And you moan at the snow / ‘Cos your car wouldn’t go", how often have I sung this to myself on a freezing cold winter morning since I first heard this tune back in 2000?

From their album 'Trouble Over Bridgwater', which you should buy immediately in case you don't already have it in your collection. Then again this is true for all of the band's albums!

Alright, enough for today, watch out for the next installment tomorrow: same place, same time!




TheRobster said...

Hey, if youre going to revive your blog, you have to do it in style. For me, there aren't many better ways to do this than to feaute HMHB. Nice one Dirk old boy. Welcome back mate.

Brian said...

As Robster says, hell of a way to kick off a holiday series. Hope all is well with you and your family.

charity chic said...

Welcome back Dirk - you've set the bar high with your first offering!

Anonymous said...

Job done Dirk.
Swiss Adam

Walter said...

Good to have you back Dirk. Starting this series with HMHB is fantastic. Looking Forward to the next ones