As some of you may know, I have another blog where I share music related to my favourite time of year, and I am currently running a series detailing all the UK Christmas number ones to date. I got to thinking of the relationship between the Festive Fifty and this ‘mini-series’: and I came to the startling conclusion that there are only three artists who have had UK Christmas chart-toppers AND an entry or few in the FF. For the record, they are:
- Pink Floyd (FF entries in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980, and UK Xmas #1 1979).
- Dave Edmunds (FF 1977 and UK Xmas #1 1970).
- Beatles (FF 1976, All Time FF 2000 and Xmas #1s in 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967). N.B. Paul McCartney had further Xmas Number Ones with Wings (1977), and as part of Band Aid 20 (2004), as did Bono.
It is the second of these that I intend to concentrate on today. (Before the comments flood in, Band Aid as a group (Xmas Number One 1984) never had a Festive Fifty entry, although Paul Weller had entries with The Jam, Bono (who was also in Band Aid 20) one with U2 (yes, really) and Bob Geldof in 1977 with The Boomtown Rats. Although David Bowie made the FF in 1977 and 1978, his contribution to the original Band Aid single consisted solely of a spoken word message on the 12 inch only: this also applies to Paul McCartney. Finally, although Frankie Goes To Hollywood made the FF in 1984, once again, the Band Aid single only carries Holly Johnson’s telephone message on the 12 inch.)
Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds formed Rockpile with Nick Lowe but was compelled to record solo material in the latter half of the 1970s since the two were signed to different companies. I remember a live Stiff album with his only FF entry, in JP’s self-compiled chart, as the lead track (I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock’n’Roll), FF 1977 #45), which featured Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, and Wreckless Eric AND was released on Music For Pleasure!!! AND it had naughty words on it. However, the album version is the one featured here, from his LP Get It.
Now push off to here and grab that 1970 Xmas chart-topper. Have a rocking weekend.