10 December, 2011

My first hearing of "Fairytale of New York" this year; Christmas has arrived:

"Fairytale of New York" lead female vocals: Kirsty MacColl
                Voted by "Q" magazine as "The Greatest Christmas single never to Reach U.K. Number One" (peaking at #2 in 1987); 'Fairytale' has gone on to become a global phenomenon.           

            The song takes the form of a drunken Irish immigrant man's Christmas Eve reverie about holidays past while sleeping off a binge in a New York City drunk tank. It features the story of an Irish couple who had emigrated to New York. It goes on to detail how their hopes and romance were quashed in the city that has been for so many generations of Irish people a "Gateway to a New (better) World."

            Hollywood star Matt Dillon (star of box office smashes "There's Something About Mary" and "To Die For" among many others) who features as an NYPD cop on the video said in 2010: "As a New Yorker, playing a part on the video to 'Fairytale of New York' was unquestionably the highlight of my career."

             Contrary to the words of the song, the NYPD does NOT have a choir.


              Next Christmas (2012) will be the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Fairytale.' One hopes the anniversary will be marked by the single reaching Number One in the UK and U.S. charts.
Matt Dillon and Shane McGowan: New York Christmas 1987
Appropriately enough; lead male vocals Shane McGowan was born on Christmas Day (1957). As the lead female vocal on the song; Kirsty McCall will forever be associated with MacGowan and, spookily, she herself died on Christmas Eve (2000).

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