Don’t tell this to Phil Spector or the “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” guy, but if the blogosphere has taught us anything in the last two weeks, it’s that Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” is the most beloved pop song of the holiday season. And rightfully so: While most Christmas anthems have a five-week-long shelf life, “Fairytale” can actually be enjoyed year ’round, as the drunks will always be singing, dancing, and kissing on the corner (this, despite Giuliani’s strict cabaret-license laws).
Alas, the song has become especially poignant in the last few years, as it was right around Christmas 2000 when the 41-year-old MacColl was killed in a boating accident. And so we present two of her finest moments: “Fairytale,” and the 1979 Stiff Records single “They Don’t Know,” which is one of your Idolator’s top-five favorite songs of all time:
Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York [MP3, link expired]
Kirsty MacColl – They Don’t Know [MP3, link expired]