Fairytale of New York

Top of many Christmas music lists is Fairytale of New York performed by The Pogues (sung by Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl).

This Christmas was doubly special as Shane turned  50 on December 25:

“Smoking, drinking, partying — that’s why I’ve stayed alive as long as I have,” he declared. “And I’ve got better with age. That’s what’s meant to happen.

Unfortunately the wonderful Kirsty MacColl died back in 2000 in an accident in Mexico. Kirsty is probably best known for a version of “Days” by The Kinks, and her album Electric Landlady. If you like music with a Latin flavour, her album Tropical Brainstorm combines droll British lyrics with delicious Cuban and Latin beats.