Advent song for December 8: Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

Ramones (I know from pub quizzing that there is no definite article) are one of those bands, like the Pixies, that I know I’m supposed to know about, but I absolutely just don’t. In fact watching this video recently was genuinely the first time I have knowingly listened to one of their songs. True fact! I also found out in the course of my research that none of them are brothers or even cousins, that all of the founder members are dead and that Brain Drain, the 1989 album from which this track is lifted, reached number 122 in the billboard charts that year and thus isn’t, perhaps, the finest example of their work. This is a rollicking old number, though, with an excellent piece of dramatic art sandwiching it each side of the main event.