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Susie Rushton: All we want for Christmas .... are the same old clapped-out old hits

Published 13/12/2011 | 12:10

BRACE your ears: we are now entering the peak of the season that musical taste forgot. For the next fortnight, you and I will have to endure more glam-rock jingling, more mawkish Fifties crooning, and more kiddies singing carols, than we strictly deserve.

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Step into any sandwich bar, outlet of Gap, pub or even bookshop (sad, but true), and one is followed by the eternal playlist of Bing, Wizzard, John & Yoko and Slade. Why does it have to be like this? Because, secretly, that's what we really enjoy.



There's no such thing as a cool Christmas pop song, the closest contender being perhaps the New Wavey "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses, simply because it sounds so deadpan and don't-care in an early-80s kind of way. But even in a genre where the tinkly sound of sleighbells and lyrics about "decking the tree" are mandatory, there is bad and there is good. The former, we all know; this year, it is summed up by Michael Bublé's album of croony covers, the imaginatively entitled Christmas.

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