TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 18/12/2011
Christmas. That means the same old, overplayed songs on the radio then, yes? No! Here at Introducing we’ve come to save you from musical-Groundhog Day, with five superb additions to the genre that strikes equal amounts of fear and joy into the hearts of the nation every December.
“I’ve probably lost all my integrity”, sings Elliott Morris on his wry, spirited Festive offering, “but you can sing this when you decorate your tree”. You certainly can, as well as raise money for Barnardos while you’re at it. And you’d be foolish not to, given Elliot’s songwriting on ‘La La La La La (Christmas Song)’ is as funny as it is accomplished.
Like Elliott, our guests tonight were also hounders of cracking festive tunes as well as charitable donations. We spoke to Paul and Glenn, from the South-Shields band Hollywood & Vines, who orchestrated The Christmas Project in aid of Operation Christmas Child, and Lynn, the great mind behind For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas, raising money for the Integrated Cancer Centre.
From For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas we had The Leisure Society’s wonderfully droll ‘Christmas Mistakes’, which paints a familiar for many scene of civil war come the 25th: “the insults fly as cold mince pies rain down from up above / and long before the turkey thaws / we’re battered, bruised and slumped beneath the mistletoe”.
Paul and Glenn gave us ‘Christmas Nights’, their own band’s forage into Yuletide territory. Too many Christmas tunes smack of insincerity but that’s not a criticism you could aim at this song- it’s honest, heartfelt and moving. What more could you ask for?
On a similarly poignant theme, we heard The Narrows’ ‘Santa, Is That You Outside My Window?’, a soulful ballad featuring the classy use of seasonal bells, for once. And if you’ve often thought there should be more guitars that sound like chainsaws in Christmas songs, then Birmingham band Ace Bushy Striptease’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ should soundtrack the unwrapping of your presents next week.
But it’s not all about Santa’s big day here at Introducing- we’ve also got plenty more of the best underground tracks from across the world to offer you.
The impervious Luke Barwell (aka Black Dots) takes another step on his long and brilliant musical journey with ‘Diamonds In The Fields’, a song that channels Super Furry Animals via a cowbell driven groove. Meanwhile Lux Lisbon give us their thoughts on the ‘Bullingdon Club’, exactly the kind of politically-charged song you’d expect to come out of a year as turbulent as 2011.
Be sure to download both charity albums via the links above to give your Christmas playlist a much-needed revamp. Believe us, everyone will thank you for it!
Nico Franks, Intern
BBC 6 Music Introducing
MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI - Your Goose Is Cooked
ATHLETES IN PARIS - No Bridge, No Crossing Allowed
PNEY GIR - Outta Sight
CHEMICAL SMILE - Everybody Loves You
KOTKI DWA - Lunch
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS - Human Error
TRIPS AND FALLS - This is All Going to End Badly
CARPETFACE & AUDIBLE - Time To Get Out
INTERVIEW GUEST CHOICE 1
THE LEISURE SOCIETY - Christmas Mistakes
INTERVIEW GUEST CHOICE 2
HOLLYWOOD & VINES - Christmas Nights
CREISION HUD - Satellite
BETHAN ELFYN TIP
STRAIGHT JACKET LEGENDS - Sofia
ACE BUSHY STRIPTEASE - Nightmare Before Christmas
ELLIOTT MORRIS - La La La La La (Christmas Song)
KUMI - Your Favorite Toy
LUX LISBON - Bullingdon Club
DJ TARGET TIP
MARLEY - Reasons
LÉONORE BOULANGER - Comme Ils Sont
MY PET SHADOW - High Places
AMIDSHIPS - The One
BAANEEX - Space Wagon
DRY THE RIVER - Weights & Measures
D.D. - Something Special
THE DIN - Sinner's Fingers
THE 53s - Old Cassette
BLACK DOTS - Diamonds In The Fields
THE NARROWS - Santa, Is That You Outside My Window?
THE BILINDA BUTCHERS - Careless Teens