Advent song for December 19: Black Christmas

Alright, this 2010 single is technically more of an anti-Christmas song, what with being inspired by the story of an LA killing spree by a gunman dressed as Santa and featuring lines like “A child was born on Christmas Day/But they crucified him anyway”, and its innate melancholy is further underscored by the fact that Poly Styrene, aka Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, died just a few months later from breast cancer at the horribly early age of 53. But the video also features her very-much-alive daughter, Celeste Bell-Dos Santos, who as well as looking nearly exactly like her mother is now busy making a film about her, and the spirit of Poly Styrene lives on in some of my favourite artists, including the star of tomorrow’s advent calendar, so although she may have left us, she isn’t gone, and here she’s perfect in the way that only punk superstars in their fifties ever are.

Advent song for December 20: Black Christmas, USA

It’s a mistake to put a song from the USA so close to a song from Canada, but I slipped up about a week ago and posted the wrong song, and since then my schedule’s gone out of the window and I’ve been making it up as I go along. I’ve also had to ditch the idea of including a song from England because I couldn’t find any good audio or video recordings of the Sheffield carols, which were what I wanted, and I couldn’t work up the enthusiasm to find an alternative. You already know enough English Christmas music anyway, right?

This is yet another song which I can’t tell you much about, even though it only dates from the 1970s. I can’t even tell you who it’s by or when it was written, but it sounds American, and the artist is the Harlem Children’s Chorus, so we can safely assume they are American, at least.

The song was suggested by@shacker and whilst it’s in a different mode from most of the rest of my choices, once I’d heard it I couldn’t not include it. Once you hear it I hope you’ll agree.