Can you believe it's 25 years since 'Fairytale of New York' was released?
If there's one Christmas song that we don't mind hearing every single year it's 'Fairytale of New York' by The Pogues and it's a quarter of a century old this year.
Some of you out there will probably remember the first time you heard ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues, which was first released back in December 1987. It’s a real Christmas cracker of a tune and it’s the only one that we’d be happy enough to hear several times in one day.
It made the Irish no.1 spot back in ’87, but the Pet Shop Boys beat it to the post over in the UK charts with their cover of Elvis Presley’s Always on My Mind. This didn’t impress awl Shane McGowan who previously said the Pet Shop Boys song was “cynical, jaded and pathetic”. We'd have to agree...
It was voted the most popular festive song of the 21st Century last year and in fairness it's not hard to see why. We see it cropping up in the charts almost every year now and seeing as it’s 25 years old this month we though we’d give it a play here on JOE.