Gloria In Excelsis Deo

ImageFor those who have been following my mini journey through Yule, a merry Christmas to you all. My final share before I have time off to digest seasonal fare tomorrow is the companion piece to the Fall’s 19th session (look for it in the Sessions At A Glance panel), Elastica’s 3rd, first broadcast in the same show (17 December 1994). They can’t really be counted as a Peel band, since it was Steve Lamacq who discovered them, and Peel was somewhat embarrassed by the fact that he actually liked a band who were commercially successful. In any event, he adjudged this collection of tracks a masterpiece, and listening to them, it’s hard to disagree. All For Gloria and I Wanna Be A King Of Orient Aah add their own indelible stamp to the Christmas canon by reworking the melodies to Ding Dong Merrily On High and We Three Kings with panache and brio: Father Christmas muses on how great a guy Santa is for bringing us presents, and Blue is a full-on rocker that wraps up the party nicely (no pun intended).

Have a wonderful Christmas, and I’ll see you all on the other side.

Elastica, Peel Session 1994-12-06

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