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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 9. Last Christmas

Another Frank Bernaerts arrangement: this time with Wham!’s Christmas classic

  • Piece: Last Christmas
  • Composer: George Michael;
  • Arranger: Frank Bernaerts.

If you said Do They Know It’s Christmas Time? by Band Aid was the Number One single that pipped this Last Christmas in 1984, well done. For our ninth entry, it was only a matter of time before we had a Christmas piece that fitted the popular music premise of our Advent Calendar.

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Have Yourself a Merry Disco Christmas: A Cheesy Tunes Special

Reflections on Mirror Image? A spin with the Roller Disco Orchestra? Cheesy Tunes bites back

Christmas: such a great period to spend time with our family, or put aside a few musical differences. Or the good use of a few days or fortnight away from work (unless the Tories use Brexit to stop this). At this time of writing, it looks as if Ed Sheeran is set to have this year’s Christmas Number One single. A world away from when cheesiness used to dominate the pop charts at Christmas. Continue reading “Have Yourself a Merry Disco Christmas: A Cheesy Tunes Special”

I Love a 1980s Christmas Singalong: The Not So Perfect Ten

The ten greatest Christmas tunes from the 1980s

The 1970s and 1980s were probably the best decades for Christmas chart singles. So much so that Messrs Wood and Holder make a fair amount of their royalties in December. For this Not So Perfect Ten, I could have just focused on the 1970s and the 1980s. Instead, just the one decade, the one decade I remember fully of course. Continue reading “I Love a 1980s Christmas Singalong: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Classic 1970s Christmas Tunes: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60’s countdown of favourite 1970s Christmas songs

I make no apologies for jumping on the Christmas bandwagon for this month’s Not So Perfect Ten. For many people, the 1970s was a decade punctuated by strikes, the Three Day Week and the Silver Jubilee. For many more, a happier time compared with the more cynical and money-minded 1980s. We only had three television channels throughout the whole of that decade. Working class people could still afford to watch top flight football.

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