the priestess and the fool - fairytale of new york
Today’s track is curated by Brian Ibbott, producer of the Coverville podcast
For me, there are two fantastic holiday tunes that are the music equivalent of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. That is to say, if they come up in shuffle any time of year, I’ll still listen all the way through - even if it’s in the heat of summer. Those two songs are “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, and “Fairytale Of New York”. And not only was I trying to decide between the two songs, I was trying to decide which version to include. While I love the honey-sweet vocals of Zooey Deschanel on her and Leon Redbone’s cover of “Baby…”, I decided to go with a cover of “Fairytale…” that infuses enough of the original with an even more Irish feel, this version by The Priestess and The Fool from their 2008 Holiday EP, Ride On, Santa.
Shivers by The Boys Next Door, a pre-Birthday Party Nick Cave band. A bit of a counter-intuitive Christmas tune. It’s my favourite ever love song, partly because it opens with the line: “I’ve been contemplating suicide…”. We used to play it in an ’80s band I used to be in and I first heard it at Christmas in Australia when I was 19. So there you go.
Today’s track is curated by Mel Exon, co-founder of BBH Labs
A wonderful collaboration between the composer Ennio Morricone and singer songwriter Joan Baez, this song features on the album Sacco e Vanzetti, written for Giuliano Montaldo’s 1971 film of the same name.
It’s a very special, all-too-short track: from its quiet beginning, the music builds in pure, uplifting celebration as Baez’s rousing lyrics repeat. It is also a poignant tribute to a pair of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, which somehow appeals to me.
Perfect for the holidays, play it as loudly as your family and friends can bear.