PLUS what to do at Christ­mas,

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You may be overfed and over­par­tied but that’s no rea­son to miss a kick­ing line-up of mu­sic events around the coun­try, writes Tony Clay­ton-lea

All I want for Christ­mas

PUGWASH (THOMAS WALSH) What’s the best Christ­mas present you’ve ever re­ceived? I got the en­tire box-set of

Se­in­feld once, which still gives me plea­sure, but I also got the ELO book by Bev Be­van back in 1981 off me Dad, who’d had a re­ally bad Christ­mas that year, but he still got me what I wanted. It’s those mem­o­ries that make you re­alise how lucky we are to have great par­ents first and fore­most. The ma­te­rial el­e­ment should al­ways be sec­ondary. What’s the present you’re most look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing on Christ­mas Day? A let­ter from the “Real” Santa Claus – Roy Wood – to go with my let­ter from God, Jeff Lynne. They’d make a lovely match­ing pair at the end of my bed. If that doesn’t hap­pen, well, then a white choco­late Santy (can I say “Santy”?). I’m eas­ily pleased.

If you could choose your Xmas din­ner guests who would they be and

why? My dad, Larry David, Jon Ste­wart, Co­nan O’brien, David Let­ter­man, Bill Bai­ley, Matt Berry, my band and 50 home­less peo­ple. The level of in­ven­tive, id­i­otic, sur­real and down­right filthy con­ver­sa­tion around that ta­ble would make for a great DVD. I’d buy it. Along with, of course, The

Olym­pus Sound by Pugwash – out now. A great square-shaped stock­ing filler if ever there was one.

PRI­MAL SCREAM

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