PUGWASH & FRIENDS Tinsel and Marzipan 1969
★★★★ In the battle for themost Christmassy song, Thomas Walsh from Crumlin has beaten allcomers by throwing everything into the Christmas cake mix, including bells, Beatlesque harmonies and children’s choir. And it’s in aid of Brainwave, the Irish epilepsy association, so the Christmas spirit’s there too.
THE KILLERS A Great Big Sled Vertigo
follow Springsteen’s Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, but with the bright lights on in Vegas all year round, will Brandon’s neighbours even know it’s Christmas?
DECLAN O’ROURKE Christmas Wine N4
★★ The man with the mulled baritone teams up withjoins Swedish snow queen Nina Kinert for this gentle ode to warm Yuletide nights cuddled up with your favourite little helper. It does have a certain charm, but wouldn’t you love
★ Santa will need a great big sled just to carry all the Killers albums that will shift over the holiday season. The band celebrate a bumper year with a seasonal tune to to hear Declan’s low voice booming “Ho! Ho! Ho!” at the end?
CRAZY FROG Last Christmas Gut
★ There’s always some annoying thing to spoil Christmas, and this little gremlin is sure to turn your holiday into sonic hell. Better put some poison down under the tree.
CLIFF RICHARD 21st Century Christmas EMI
★ He was hip to the Walkman groove in Wired for Sound, and now Sir Cliff is down with generation text, in this seasonal song about reconnecting at Christmas. It’s backed with a new version of his oldest tune, Move It, with guest guitars from Brian May.
RICKY TOMLINSON Christmas, My Arse! Liberty
★★ It’s the same bloody thing each year: some foul-mouthed old drunk complaining about how Christmas is the same bloody thing each year. Never mind, here’s Jim Royle to articulate all our feelings about the festive season. Bottoms up!
BORAT Seasonal croonings for make happy poor children of Kazakhstan*
★★★★★ Borat has announced he is to release a Christmas single, but really, wouldn’t you prefer a clock radio? * At the time of going to press, we still don’t know its final title, but we do know that if you don’t buy it, then Borat “will be execute”.