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'.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Day 6 - 'Father Christmas' - The Kinks

Not exactly by popular demand - the song should have been on the Calendar long before now - but this inclusion should at least please a few Advent fans who've rightly clamoured for this quasi-Punk classic for years.

Recorded in 1977 when Ray and the boys had been kind of usurped by the likes of The Jam, this went relatively unnoticed and failed to chart. Oh folly! as Stanley Unwin would have it.

In retrospect, it followed the zeitgeist precisely and, when you look at events this summer, you'd have to say the lyrics were way ahead of the game.

Sadly, video was in its infancy in dem days and no Youtube page is able to offer a great example but you can just listen to the music, which is as crisp and tight as you'd expect.

But the last time I played Santa Claus / I stood outside a department store / A gang of kids came over and mugged me / And knocked my reindeer to the floor
Top Stuff!

Catch it here: Father Christmas

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