Tales from Fraggle Towers

It’s THAT time of year, or as Mike at About Britain 

calls it, ‘the festering season’. On the whole, I don’t mind Christmas, it’s not a huge thing for us, but we have a decorated tree with fairy lights, and a smashing dinner, roast lamb with all the trimmings as they say.  

I like to listen to the radio a fair bit throughout the year, I have radio 2 on in the car, and in the background at my clinic, in the kitchen when I’m cooking and in the shed when I’m doing mosaics. Sometimes I change things up and go for Planet Rock, especially when Steve Wright or Jeremy Vine are on (sorry chaps). 

But in December we get the dreaded Christmas songs, Slade still droning on about the future just beginning, for the past 45 years (oh dear lord 45 YEARS!!!)

The Pogues and Kirsty McCall and their not so magical lyrics 

You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it’s our last

in the Fairytale of New York, yes I know, great song but I’ve heard it at least 20 times already and that’s been the same for 31 years. 

Here at Fraggle Towers we eschew the regular stuff they trot out every year and have our own playlist of special Christmas songs.

So put away your Mariah Carey’s and The Darkness, stomp on your Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra 45’s and give your ears a treat with our Top 5 that should be on the radio but generally are not.

Starting gently with a little blues/swing

A little honky tonk from Elton

Some great Rock from one of the best bands ever! 

A beautiful romantic ballad with the hugely talented but vastly under-rated Dina Caroll

Lastly, for those with dysfunctional families and a penchant for alcohol a country song that makes me LOL (you don’t have to like country to appreciate the lyrics here!)

So that’s 5 of our extensive alternative Christmas songs, hope you enjoyed them, let me know if you need more 🤣

9 thoughts on “Tales from Fraggle Towers

  1. I’m on board with Dina Carroll 100%. But AC/DC? Er, maybe not…
    My favourite Christmas song is ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. The Judy Garland version is good, and Sam Smith does a lovely cover of it too. It sounds sad, and Christmas always makes me feel sad, so it suits me.
    We have a lit (fake) tree, heavily decorated with baubles by Julie. If it was left up to me, Christmas would just be ‘Tuesday’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I’m having a goof laugh at some of the Polish band attempts at singing the English Christmas classics. Still waiting for Noddy to belt it out 🙂
    No tree yet, I’m hoping for a last minute discount, or I could just go out and chop one down, but before I have that Christmas beer 🙂

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  3. Fraggle, I have to turn off all radio, and carry a pillow for each ear when I go out, from mid October to January because of the endless droning of the songs. You have the best play-list of all time. I’ve never heard most of them. That makes them even better. Wishing you happiness for this and every holiday. Mega hugs.

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