The Christmas Alternative



Tis that special time of the year when everything is a glitter, fairy lights twinkle and hearts are full of festive joy, yes it sounds just like any other day in Browns Britain, a place where dreams really do come true…..

However one of the many musical Christmas traditions , that has slowly had the joy extracted from it, is the battle for the Christmas No. 1. It used to be a bit of harmless fun, and occasionally we would be in luck and a bright shiny sixpence would turn up amongst the stodgy musical Christmas puddings. But of late the Christmas number one has been stolen by a smug, business man, who cares about music as about as much as George Bernard Shaw cared for Christmas. Yes Simon Cowell has stolen the Christmas No.1 spot and has ensured that his tatty brand of karaoke complete with cabaret warblers and men’s working club house bands will secure that once coveted slot . And its not right is it ? There are plenty of good Christmas songs released every year that don’t get a look in, well we want that to change, we want the X-Factor to become the Ex-Factor and so we offer you the VPME Christmas alternatives…

This SHOULD be Christmas No.1 and stop the abomination that is Alexandra Burke murdering “Hallelujah”

“Hallelujah” By Jeff Buckley (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Josh Weller And Paloma Faith -“It’s Christmas( And I Hate You”.)

The best Christmas duet since  Shane and Kirsty.

Glasvegas– (A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss)

A great year for Glasgow’s finest, rounded off with a festive treat, and a song that’s already become a Christmas classic in Von Pip Towers!

The Raveonettes-Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

The Raveonettes’ Christmas songs are becoming as much a part of Christmas as turkey and binge drinking. This years offering includes this rather fab version of a Christmas classic. Get The EP HERE

Fleet Foxes– White Winter Hymnal

A lovely song from a great album

2008 saw the end  of Woolworths and The Long Blondes so ….

The Long Blondes-Christmas Is Cancelled

Argos is usually busy this time of year, and despite the credit crunch this year’s no exception. Eddie Argos’ side project Glamchops release a free Christmas single “Countdown To Christmas/Baby Jesus Was A Glam Rocker”-Download ’em from HERE

Glamchops -“Baby Jesus Was The First Glam Rocker”

Last year Eddie joined forces with John Moore , Sarah Nixey, Luke Haines and  Keith Top Of  The Pops to release “Christmas Number 1 “…erm…it wasn’t….

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And of course Christmas isn’t Christmas without Cliff Wink

The Double Deckers“The Cliff-mas Song”

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And for those who prefer a gloomier take on Christmas ,

Jonny Cola and The A-Grades-“Christmas Everyday

Julia Indelicate-“Ghosts Of My Christmas Past”

Julia Indelicate’s Christmas ditty is so good it’s been  known to bring out the green-eyed monster in other songwriters……

Whilst The Wombats release a single for charity, all proceeds going to MENCAP, which you can order HERE

The Wombats-“Is This Christmas?”

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Over the last few years Cherryade records have released their annual Christmas complication “A Very Cherry Christmas,” which is packed full of great  seasonal tunes such as

A Smile And A Ribbon-“Heavenly Christmas”

and The Gresham Flyers “Diamond White Christmas”

and for cover versions have a listen to  Little Boots  version of  “Last Christmas”

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Or Weezers take on “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”

Or Nicole Atkins “Blue Christmas”

Asobi Seksu -Merry Xmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

Or Even Maths And Physics Clubs “Marshmallow World”

Finally Liz Hunt and The School want to” Kiss You In The Snow”, which you wouldn’t really argue with…

The School-“Kiss You In The Snow”

and Xmas ain’t Xmas without Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens “All The Kings Horns”

For more Festive treats go here and check out last years seasonal blog featuring Miki Berenyi, Chartlotte Hatherley, Adobi Seksu etc .

HAPPY CHRISTMAS one and all!!xxx

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.


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  2. Oh my i agree with every word , i have had enough of these Second rate Karoke singers .All they do is cover after cover boring .and tonight Matthew i am gonna be a Whiitney Houston wannabe (Leona and alexandra)…..(Witney has talent and they don’t)….Why not do it the real way and send a tape or cd in …see how they get on chartwise then,
    this year Christmas isn’t Cliffmas Without Cliff

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