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Tuesday 19 November 2013, 17:02

Christopher Jones Christopher Jones Assistant Producer

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Slade Slade at Xmas

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall?

Well, no… not yet (we hope), but all the signs are here: the adverts with fake snow (when did it EVER snow on Xmas day, unless you live in the Highlands?); the shop windows and high streets stuffed with festive ornaments; and it can only be a matter of time before one of our presenters cranks up the Yuletide hits.

But here at The People’s Songs, as we approach our final month on the air, are preparing for episode number 50, which, as you know, will be about Christmas! And, as the entire series has been about you, the listener, we still welcome your memories and your thoughts on how December  25th was enhanced, enlivened or just plain ruined by pop music.

From the family ritual of watching the Top Of The Pops Xmas Special (always a disappointment as it nearly always consisted of number ones from the preceding year: never a guarantee of quality) to the endless soundtrack of cheesy yet heartwarming hits, from Slade, Wizzard, Wham! or Shaking Stevens to the jazzy jive of Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ or Greg Lake’s prog-tinged ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’. In fact, if you think about it, just about every genre or act that has featured in the series has eventually succumbed to the idea of a ‘Xmas hit’.

So don your Santa hats, and send us your festive memories… You know how to get in touch. After all, Iiiiiit’s Chriiiiiiistmaaaaassss!

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    Comment number 1.

    Will it be possible to buy CDs or records of any kind of the different épisodes of The People's Songs? I should love to have some kind of record of the first one consisting of the songs of the war years which brought back so many memories of the time when I was a child living in England. Thank you so much for this truly wonderful program!

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    Comment number 2.

    As a British Expat living in Vancouver, Canada, I only just found 'The People's Songs' and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to a number of episodes. I teach an Intercultural Business Communication class at Capilano University in North Vancouver with a specific focus on Modern Britain (we will be visiting for a week in February 2014) and was hoping to ask how I can access/purchase the whole series and how to share the content with my students?


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