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.

Advent Song for December 19: Merry Christmas Everybody

I think I was in my early teens when I heard this song in a shop during December and thought: hey, that terrible Christmas song from the olden days is actually really great! And I was right, it is. Only Do They Know It’s Christmas? gets more people involuntarily rocking out, and that is banned this year because it’s not happy, although if you need to listen to it anyway don’t worry; I got your back.

You know who else has got your back? The children of Aberdeenshire, who will be tomorrow’s lifesavers after being taught first aid using teddy bears. This is a rare example of a news story that is both positive-impact-in-the-world good and OMIGOD CUUUUUTE good. Happy Thursday!