Christmas time is here again!
It’s that time of year, time for the:
Less tinsel and hats than last year but more Christmas jumpers instead. We changed round our usual order and so topped and tailed the show with the two covers rather than playing them in the middle:
Love To E5!
Song For Leonard Cohen
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
So, four songs that we’d never ever played live before and we somehow managed to pull it off in just one take! Although as you can see in the video, I didn’t necessarily know all of the words to all of the songs.
I think that everyone knows Last Christmas by Wham. There’s a brilliant live acoustic cover by the Manic Street Preachers on their B-side album that’s far better than this. Plus they actually get all the words right. I couldn’t quite get my head around the line “Oooh, oooh” in the second verse which is either just really lazy songwriting or the only line that Andrew Ridgely was allowed to write.
I’m not sure what chess has to do with Christmas but Love To E5! is the only song here that I’d actually sang before but that was when we were recording it. It was the only song that I actually knew all of the words to.
Song For Leonard Cohen is quite an old song as evidenced by its mention of CDs but this was its first live airing. Again, not really Christmassy but I suppose that Leonard Cohen was briefly popular a couple of years ago when Alexandra Burke took a cover of his song Hallelujah to Christmas No.1 When we were rehearsing beforehand, Anthony was apologising for some lyrics that didn’t scan, not realising that it was more my poor performance. The final version was much better.
Finally, a bit of Wizzard to go with the Slade cover from last year. Why was 1973 such a good year for Christmas songs?
So, that’s it for another year of Live In A Lounge. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year and let us know if you’d like us to play in your lounge next year…