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FlinterFiles: Darlene Love- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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Phil Spector is a legend and his album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is probably one of the best known Christmas albums ever released. A lot of classics were given a remake, mostly with the famous Wall of Sound. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Anna Of The North- The Dreamer

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In 2015, Anna Lotterud (better known as Anna Of The North) made her debut with the single Sway. And as that was in summer, there had to be a winter song, too. She managed to make such a song, fitting December perfectly, and without doing a lot, it got a million Spotify plays in no-time! A perfect song to play this Christmas, and mind you: it’s probably not the last we’ve heard of her! Enjoy

Anna Of The North- The Dreamer

Song of the day: Gary Fomdeck- I’ll Be There This Christmas

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Firstly: Merry Christmas everybody!
Secondly: the song of the day. Actually, this song is a joke, which has become a bit too big… Every year, 3FM (a radio station) has an action for charity: Serious Request. One of the DJ’s, Gerard Ekdom, recorded a song in secret. No-one knew he was Gary Fomdeck, and so some radio stations started playing the song. And now it is number one in the Netherlands iTunes chart… Enjoy

Gary Fomdeck- I’ll Be There This Christmas

Song of the day: The Andrew Sisters & Bing Crosby- Jingle Bells

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I must confess something what you probably don’t know yet: I’m quite a fan of the Andrews Sisters. It started some time ago (quite some years, actually) with a Christmas-CD of the Andrews Sisters (see above). This CD is played every year, and that’s how it grew. One of the best songs on the CD is one together with Bing Crosby (no white Christmas, so not that song). Enjoy your Christmas and

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters- Jingle Bells

Song of the day: Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody

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The day before Christmas, and that means: let’s put in the song that brought the most money this year to this band. And let’s face it: it’s a very good Christmas song. Something different than all those sweet songs. A bit of rock. Enjoy:

Slade- Merry Christmas Everybody

Song of the day: Jona Lewie- Stop The Cavalry

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If I asked a regular person to spot the odd one out of the row of Christmas songs, this person would probably don’t know what I wanted him/her to do. However, this song would be the odd one out. And why? Because the song doesn’t have to do anything with Christmas! Only the line “wish I was at home with Christmas” and the bells seem to put people on a wrong track. The song itself is about the First Worldwar, and war in general. Strange, isn’t it? Enjoy:

Jona Lewie- Stop The Cavalry

Song of the day: John & Yoko & the Plastic Ono Band- Happy XMas (War Is Over)

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And there was, apart from Paul McCartney, another member of the Beatles who made a Christmas record. John Lennon made, together with his wife and their band, a record about Christmas. The bottomline: War is over, as long as you want it. Peace on earth! Enjoy:

John & Yoko, together with The Plastic Ono Band- Happy XMas (War Is Over)

Song of the day: Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmastime

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Christmas is coming nearer every day, so a new song is waiting for you! Actually, it’s one of my favourite Christmas songs, since the structure and the music is so simple. And yes, the man had a great career after the Beatles! Enjoy:

Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmastime

What? How much?

Yes, some artists make lots of money on their hits. But their hits with Christmas bring a lot of money to them. Performing Rights Society, a British organization for copyrights, made estimations for 2013. Here is their list (with some notes from me):

1. Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody – € 606.000,-
I never expected this song to make so much money, but however: very good song!

2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York – € 460.000,-
What song is this? Never heard about it, but it makes a lot of money. Strange…

3. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You – € 412.000,-
God, not this song again. If this song is played for the first time, you know there’s no escaping it from there on… No wonder that she gets so much money!

4. Wham! – Last Christmas – € 400.000,-
Nice sum of money for the two gentleman. And after ten times this song, we’ve had enough for the rest of the year…

5. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine – € 115.000,-

6. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – € 92.000,-
My question by this song is: where does the money go to? Still to some sort of fund for charity? Hope so, since there’s still hunger in the world.

7. Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone – € 64.000,-

8. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles – € 54.000,-

9. East 17 – Stay Another Day – € 36.000,-
And then this song: What’s that?

10. Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry – € 16.000,-

On 23 December I start with some Christmas songs!

Song of the day: Alice Cooper- School’s Out

Hello everyone,

Did you survive Christmas? Well, I still have one day to go! In the Netherlands, we actually have two days of Christmas.

Well, since we all are fed up with the Christmas songs, I have got something else for you.
I thought: Maybe it’s nice to put some power in!

Well, here’s your song of the day: With some power is here Alice Cooper, in the Muppet Show, with School’s Out.

Tomorrow a new song!

 

Band Aid- Do They Know It’s Christmas / Chris Rea- Driving Home For Christmas

Hello everyone,

I wish everybody a merry Christmas! And because of this special day, I have some presents for you!
Because today not one, but two songs! And both are Christmas songs!

The first one is made by Chris Rea, a great artist. His song is one of the Christmas classics.
Maybe you have to drive home too, I’m home, but okay… Driving home for Christmas!

The second song of today was made for charity. The record was made by a lot of different artists, including Ultravox and Duran Duran.
It’s Band Aid with Do They Know It’s Christmas?

I wish you a very merry Christmas, and I hope you have a nice day!

Greetings,Chris

Song of the day: Wham!- Last Christmas

Hello everyone,

Here’s the song of the day! And what a day! This evening it is Christmas eve, and tomorrow it’s Christmas!
Well, a good oppertunity to put in a Christmas song.

Maybe it’s one of the most popular Christmas songs, but still a good one.
It’s Wham! with Last Christmas.

Tomorrow it’s Christmas, and maybe I’ll do something special…

 

Song of the day: Paul McCartney- We All Stand Together

Hello everyone,

After the frog from Roger Glover yesterday, I had a visit from some more frogs. They came together with Rupert the Bear, to tell me that their song should be song of the day.
Well, because of this question, and because it’s a good song, here’s:
Paul McCartney with We All Stand Together!

Of course, Paul didn’t do it alone. No, not with the Beatles, but together with the Frog Chorus!
Well, Christmas is creeping closer and closer…
Tomorrow a new song!

Song of the day: Roger Glover & Guests- Love Is All

Hello everyone,

Here’s another song of the day. It’s not a Christmas song, with which I start tomorrow!
Firstly, a clip with a frog who is singing the song.

No, I have not gone mad, I’m talking about Roger Glover and Guests, with Love is all.
It was one of the first drawn clips, and later Paul McCartney did it, too, with his song We all stand together.

That was it for today, and tomorrow a new song!

Song of the day: Mel & Kim- Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

With less than a week to go before it’s Christmas, I will today promote a Christmas song with a funny clip.

But first: U Can’t Touch This! I’ve been looking up some information on the song, and where is it? Here! U Can’t Touch This promotes MC Hammer as a rapper.
The whole song is based on a sample of Rick James’ Super Freak, but the lyrics are written by MC Hammer. He says that he’s magic, and that he can’t touch Rick James in the lyrics.
But, because of this, it is such a perfect song! It was a number one hit for MC Hammer and he won a Grammy with it.

Okay, enough about the song of yesterday, let’s move on to the song of today.
It’s actually a song for charity, for Comic Relief. The name of the singers are a parody on a sister act, and the original was recorded in 1958 by Brenda Lee.
Don’t know it yet? Here’s the answer:
Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde) with Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Tomorrow two new songs, and after that we are going to have some nice Christmas songs…

Song of the day: The Verve- Bittersweet Symphony

Christmas is coming near, just like 2013, and the end of the world…
But that last thing is nonsense!

Okay, first the song of the day. I said something with classic music, right?
What do you think of the Verve? Yes, with a Bittersweet Symphony!

Yes, I understand. It’s not really classic music. But the thing I was pointing out is the symphony. That’s classic music, isn’t it?
Okay, and it isn’t entirely about the clip. Actually about the song, because it’s such a good song!

Well, tomorrow a new song. And then it is about the clip!