The Fall – We Wish You A Protein Christmas
Tracy Thorn Featuring Green Gartside – Taking Down The Tree
The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
Frank Sidebottom -Christmas is Really Fantastic
* “Christmas is an awfulness that compares favorably with the great London plague and fire of 1665-66. No one escapes the feelings of mortal dejection, inadequacy, frustration, loneliness, guilt and pity. No one escapes feeling used by society, by religion, by friends and relatives, by the utterly artificial responsibilities of extending false greetings, sending banal cards, reciprocating unsolicited gifts, going to dull parties, putting up with acquaintances and family one avoids all the rest of the year…in short, of being brutalized by a ‘holiday’ that has lost virtually all of its original meanings and has become a merchandising ploy for color tv set manufacturers and ravagers of the woodlands.”
*Note: The author/editor of this post and blog does not necessarily agree entirely with the views of Mr Ellison, an admirably cantankerous, opinionated writer of science fiction and fantasy literature but when one’s dreams, emotions and mental wellbeing become so inextricably linked with one day at the end of a calendar year, a questioning of those sentimental fantasies from childhood occurs; the bracing discovery that the banal routines and traditions of adult life also buttress Christmas, making one’s ‘faith’ waver.
Anyway….enjoy the music. Nollaig Shona.