Advent song for December 19: Merry Xmas Everybody

The answer to “Blur or Oasis?” is of course, “Pulp”, and of all the mid-nineties bands I grew up with Oasis are probably the ones I find least interesting (not counting Wonderwall, which is a masterpiece. In fact I insist you go and listen to it now, then come back).

Back? Good. This version of the Slade classic, though, is the only one anyone’s ever recorded that not only isn’t awful, but is actively good, which shouldn’t be possible and I don’t understand quite how Noel did it, but also if you’re going to cover a difficult Christmas song, being called ‘Noel’ is probably a good place to start.