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The best Alternative Christmas songs. Part III

So by now you’ve bought all your Christmas presents and wrapped them. You’ve lost the scissors and screamed at a roll of Sellotape. Now all that’s left, is to enjoy the big day with a bottle of sherry and a stupid paper hat, whilst you watch people tread crisps into the carpet. So, here’s the final ten in the best list of alternative Christmas songs. 10. Santa’s got a brand new bag, Gary Walker Yes That’s right, even Santa gets presents, and this time it’s a brand new (man) bag and who better to describe it to us than Gary Walker in this 1965 (should be) classic. 9. Walking in the air, Smerins anti social club On 7th December 2010, Nemone asked her BBC 6 Music listeners to vote on a Christmas song for Smerins Anti-Social Club to record. In less than a week the band had arranged, recorded and produced a ska-influenced version of Walking In The Air, Howard Blake’s composition made famous by The Snowman animation of 1982. Here is a good example of Ska’s …

Alternative Christmas songs part II

Are you counting down the days until Christmas? Well, if your’e opening an advent calendar door each morning and popping out a fake chocolate that’s moulded into a solid effigy of the baby Jesus… Then you’ll be aware that it’s not long to go. Here is a countdown that doesn’t involve eating fake chocolate for breakfast. This countdown is the second part of the best Alternative christmas songs. 20. Ella Fitzgerald, Santa got stuck in my chimney No, it’s not a hideous Christmas double entendres – It’s a christmas song courtesy of one of the greatest singers of her time. Ella could punch energy into songs with a soulful voice and this is no exception. 19. Merry Christmas, Johnny Osbourne It’s a Jah Christmas with Studio one legend Johnny osbourne who takes a classic tune and hangs some tinsel on it. The outcome is some truly christmas roots goodness. 18. Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time is Here ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is an album released in 1965 as the soundtrack to the ‘CBS Charlie Brown Christmas. It is among …

Best Alternative Christmas songs. Part I

As we come screeching into the last corner and drag ourselves down the last furlong to slump in a heap on the finish line of 2015. Yet again, we see the usual countdowns of the year – The greatest moments, The worst moments, The best songs, The worst songs. Well, not wanting to feel left out of the obligatory Christmas-sunday-supplement-countdown, FNND has compiled a top 30 list of actually great Christmas songs that leave a warm Christmassy glow. Here is part 1… The countdown from 30 to 20 and it’s nearly Christmas. 30. Yule time throw down, Debbie Harry and Fab Freddy OK, so its the least Christmassy song on the list but who doesn’t want to be Debbie Harry or be ‘with’ Debbie Harry. The Bronx, Christmas style… 29. Booker T and the MG’s, Jingle Bells It’s pretty cheesy at the beginning, with all the jingle bells and Hammond organ. But before you know it – your’e listening to a Stax records Christmas jam that will have all the mums and dads dancing like only mums …

‘Kill your Darlings’ captivates freedom

Kill Your Darlings is a 2013 American biographical-drama-film directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe who was the most famous child actor in history, he was just a child: an only child, a poor sleeper, a nonstop talker, a picky eater… He was also disarmingly sweet.  He took the screen test at the age of ten, for the first Harry Potter film. It looked like Daniel would never lose the tag of Harry Potter. However, thirteen years later, he is starring as one of Americas leaders of the counter culture and key figures of the beat generation… Mr Allen Ginsberg.  He does a good job too, proving has come a long way. Kill your Darlings is focused on the Beat Generation of the 1950’s. But not the time that many people talk of… the time before Ginsberg wrote Howl, before William Burroughs penned Naked Lunch and before Jack Karouac went on the road.  The story is about Ginsberg’s relationship with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) when they were students at Columbia: Carr was the …