Archive for the ‘Christmas Countdown’ Category

Rik’s Christmas Countdown: No. 15

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine

I should warn you that from hereon in things may get a little controversial.  Not least because I’ve just included a Cliff Richard video above.

As much damage as this will inevitably  do my street cred, I’m happy to come out and admit my appreciation of Cliff’s festive efforts.  Quietly epic, anthemic and hand-wavey in a middle-class, too-much-brandy way, I hereby confess that this and some of his others have prompted swaying on many a crisp winter’s evening.

(Shame about The Millennium Prayer, though.)

Rik’s Christmas Countdown: No. 16

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Christmas Countdown had to have a few days off with an Xmas party season hangover…  (You try blogging from Hyde Park in the pitch black, anyway.)   But!  It’s back now until Xmas Day!

Bing Crosby – White Christmas

…and we return with another classic oldie at No. 16.  I still love these.  This type of tune has a timeless warmth and charm, and listening to it is a little like slipping into a warm, comfortable bath.

Not one for dancing at some trendy bar, but rather one to quietly reflect, misty-eyed, watching the snow fall outside through the window of a Working Men’s Club.

Rik’s Christmas Countdown: No. 17

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

State Of The Heart – Last Christmas

I’m very grateful that someone uploaded this to YouTube.  If only Wham! were available, then this wouldn’t be in the chart.  (Sorry, Karinski.)

Thankfully, someone compiling The Ultimate Christmas Album Vol.12 saw fit to replace Wham!’s version with this entirely random lift-muzak treatment.  It’s great; just the amount of cheese necessary, the obligatory saxophone for that essential I’m-Shopping-In-Morrisons atmos – if you close your eyes with this playing, you can just imagine yourself at some chintzy soft-focus party, surrounded by canapés.  Lush.

I’ve never seen or heard this anywhere else apart from this particular compilation either, so perhaps that makes this a rare gem.  (Or not.)

Rik’s Christmas Countdown: No. 18

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Peggy Lee – Winter Wonderland

Not much to say about this one, really.  It’s a classic.  It’ll soon be Christmas.  (That’s it.)

Rik’s Christmas Countdown: No. 20

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo

When he’s not hopping around the globe hammering at tu-bu-lar bells (dinggg), Mr. O does this nice line in retro semi-folky covers of classical pieces.  Jaunty enough to have you nodding your head at the bar, and so inoffesnively acceptable even your gran would like it.  The kind of music that makes you want to instinctively hop for no good reason.