Friday Follies: The Kinks and Father Christmas

By December 7, 2007Friday Follies

Continuing with our festive follies we bring you on its 30th anniversary the Kinks (seasonal) hit, “Father Christmas.”

It’s a cynical number, a little sour even, no “Waterloo Snowfall,” what with the introduction:

When I was small I believed in Santa Claus
Though I knew it was my dad
And I would hang up my stocking at Christmas
Open my presents and I’d be glad

But the last time I played Father Christmas
I stood outside a department store
A gang of kids came over and mugged me
And knocked my reindeer to the floor

Weird music video, too, filmed to make it really hard to watch.

Still, the music’s awfully cheerful, the Davies brothers seem to be having fun, and who can frown at a glockenspiel?

And for an even upbeater, upper-beat, er, more upbeat Christmas tune, here’s a 30-second clip from “Everything’s Going to Be Cool this Christmas,” by rock’s No. 1 ironist, E. (Mark Oliver Everett) of The Eels. Look for the tune on the B-sides and rarities “Useless Trinkets” collection, coming out in January. A great Christmas gift for the ironist in your house.

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