It’s Stephen Brennan with a moment of calm amidst all the madness.
Fairytale of New York is now sitting at No.11 in the UK singles chart – it’s highest placing since 2006! Can it go higher? Still a chart to come before Christmas Day.
The Independent reports that the arrival of digital streaming could yet propel Fairytale to the top. For the first time the songs that people are actually listening to count towards the chart, which now includes data from streaming services including Spotify and Deezer alongside download and CD sales.
The change means that each time Fairytale is streamed on someone’s festive playlist or played through Spotify as the soundtrack to an office Christmas party it counts towards its chart placing. Currently 100 streams count as the equivalent to one download or physical single, so streaming of hit songs on phones and tablets more than a million times a week can make all the difference. An Official Charts Company (OCC) spokesman said: “Fairytale has seen a significant boost this year thanks to streaming. The song streamed 552,000 times last week.” Which would seem to equate to over 5 thousand “sales”.
Time to get listening people!
“RUN DEVIL RUN songs are brimming with honky-tonking, bar-room-brawl, tall stories of love lost and won along the road movie tales of Nashville, Memphis, Tombstone and in between the sheets.”
They also do a mean Chip Shop cover!
‘Rewind the Christmas Hits’ will be on Channel 4 at 8pm on 20th December, including interviews and footage of fans singing ‘Fairytale of New York’ at Soho Square in October in the company of Jean MacColl and Jem Finer from the Pogues. Set your PVRs!
Postscript: the Soho Square footage will not be shown after all.
Here’s wishing everybody a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year.
Jamie and Louis will be joining Hamish at my new bungalow and we will raise a glass to you all on Christmas day.
It was great to see you all in Soho and I’m looking forward to the BBC TV programme with you all singing to John Meranda. It was nice to see Fred Shortland from the Justice for Kirsty Campaign committee, Olivia Lichtenstein who made the documentary with us in Mexico trying to get at the truth (so alien to the Mexican wealthy Gonzalez Nova and his family) and Jem Finer from The Pogues amongst other old friends. And it is fantastic to see new faces joining us each year.
The organisation was, as always, first rate and I do thank Barry’s relatives for returning me to the Victory Club where I stayed for a night.
I hope to see the two young brothers again next year and hear them joining in the singing. My dance team turned up in force with Max, one year old, actress friend Barbara Young and director Philip Hedley. Good wishes to Eunice and my grateful thanks, as always, to Alan Officer who has been a tower of strength for 14 years at least.
Love to you all,
Diane Griffin offers the first known cover of the B-side from the 1990 single Don’t Come the Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim! It’s excellent.
For those wishing to read all about the story of Stiff records, I can recommend the recently published book “The Stiff Records Story” by Richard Balls.
There are a couple of pages about Kirsty. Nigel Dick, pictured with Kirsty, contributes quite a bit to the book. Anyone with a passing interest in Stiff, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Madness and the mid-late Seventies, early Eighties UK music scene should get the book.
Here’s a review in the Irish Times.
This fine synth version from ten years back, freshly uploaded to YouTube by the band’s Moon Trent. We revive it here for your added festive enjoyment! Good to have this back on YouTube.
This one is from Feather and Down, released by Irma Records (Japan) this week in 2013. This was an acoustic project by Swedish singer Karin Maria Andersson, also a singer with circus group Cirque du Soleil.