Extracts of Blagg's football blogs as he follows West Ham United and England through the usual series of near disasters.

Featuring links to the Annual Billy Blagg Advent Calendar of Christmas Songs.

Also featuring guest appearances by 'Captain Olympic'.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Day 12 - 'When the Thames Froze' - Smith and Burrows

Well, five years on and I guess it's time for another first. Blog supporter -- one 'Takashi Miike' -suggested this yesterday and, though it's not the first tune to find it's way onto the Calendar from a punter's suggestion, there's never been such an immediate response before. This is magnificent though and needs to be heard now.

A combination of Editor's frontman Tim Smith and ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows shouldn't, you'd think, be able to produce such a stunning addition to the Christmas songbook, but done it they have, with Q Magazine calling this 'a Christmas anthem for modern times'

Good news is there is a festive-themed album, 'Funny Looking Angels' and I tracked it down after hearing this song for the first time barely eight hours ago and there's not a duff note on it. I've bought the whole thing as a result of the trail this one track took me on at Youtube and, after listening to Little Mix warble their way on X Factor tonight, I urge everyone to go and buy S&M's single and make it Number One this Christmas.

I'm made up - this has made Christmas 2011 for me and there's a festive brandy being raised in Blagg Acres this evening to Takashi Miike wherever he may be.

Listen to it here: When the Thames Froze

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