This months blog sees the first edition of 8-Ball's favourite... Christmas songs and Carols!
No matter what your view on Christmas music is there is no escaping them at this time of year. Whether they get you into the festive spirit or sap the last of your Christmas goodwill, they have become firmly part of the seasonal celebrations. Without further a-do we bring you the number 1 Sussex Wedding Band's favourite (and least favourite) Christmas songs/carols!
The following tracks were gleaned from an opinionated discussion on the band Facebook chat. Sam kicked off proceedings in an incredibly inflammatory way saying "I only like Carols". Riordan, in defence of commercial Christmas music, waded in with "You don't even like The Pogues Fairytale of New York?". He had a fair point and we agreed that was actually quite a good one. Before we had time to breathe Alex joined the fray commenting "Best one has to be Driving Home for Christmas [Chris Rea]". This suggestion passed without challenge with Riordan adding "Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews-baby it's cold outside is probably my top pick." Sam, upon reflection, recanted his original statement saying "I like John and Paul's Christmas songs" this clearly referring to John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over) and Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmas Time, the latter being Sam's favourite of the two. The peace couldn't last too long with Sam chucking in another grenade of a comment "I can't stand Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is You" Riordan leapt to its defence or maybe just the music videos defence reasoning "The videos good though". Joe was astonishingly silent (as we know that he is rather partial to that Christmas tune). Sam in a bid to steer away attention from commercial Christmas tunes said "Prokofiev "Troika" is my top pick" while Alex launched a tangent to end all tangents praising the Brazilian national anthem (not sure how that was relevant at all). Riordan rounded the debate off saying "You cannot deny the classics, stille nacht, once in royal..." and he wasn't wrong. We thought the argument had finished but a few days later Alex sent a message saying "1. Band aid". Although this message was rather low on content, it does suggest that Alex's original assertion of Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas being the "best one" has been rescinded and in fact Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas Time? Is his actual favourite. Long hard thinking from Sam has caused him to throw some John Rutter's Christmas work in to the mix.
As aforementioned Joe was abnormally quiet in the discussion (he probably had much better things to do). From past years we know that Joe is a big fan of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night and White Christmas.
So there you have it! 8-Ball's top Christmas songs and Carols presented in a much less clear cut way than MTV's Christmas Countdown, but it was more fun!
Anyway, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!