The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York


On the first day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob Sent to you… the greatest Christmas song ever.

What better way to kick off celebrations of the Choob’s first Christmas than with the one Christmas song we never tire of hearing?

The song  is, of course, Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. It needs no introduction but I would like to explain why I chose this particular video.

The song was originally released waaayyyy back in 1987 (yikes!) and this was the first-ever Top Of The Pops performance, on December 17 that year (in one of the great chart injustices, the song peaked at number two in the UK top 40 that year, denied the top spot by The Pet Shop Boys‘ cover of Always On My Mind).

It’s fairly obvious from Pogues lead singer Shane MacGowan‘s lack of lip-syncing during the intro that this is a mimed version. There are plenty of proper live performances of the song on YouTube, so why not use one of them?

Well, this is my personal favourite for two reasons:

First, the song is an important part of the soundtrack to my life and I very clearly remember watching this performance “live” on TV for the first time back in 1987.

And second, there’s a wonderfully sweet shot of Kirsty and Shane dancing right at the end as the song fades out, which was cute and touching at the time but I think is even more poignant now, after Kirsty’s tragically young deathin December 2000. I’m grateful to the YouTube user who recently uploaded this video because for years, the only version available online cut out the wonderful dance at the end.

There’s more from The Pogues and Kirsty here.

Merry Christmas everyone (and happy birthday Shane!).

Rest In Peace, Kirsty.

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2 responses to “The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York

  1. Pingback: The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry « The Cathode Ray Choob

  2. What a frankly incredible article!!

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