Oh, it’s nice to be back in our favourite time of the year. Christmas time has arrived and the New Year is right on its heels. And no doubt many of you will be dreading the visits of family members; the eye-watering ingredients for your meals; those resolutions that keep getting forgotten; and of course, the kids in the neighborhood who badger you for money. Wouldn’t you want something to get your head away from it all?
Fortunately, you don’t have to live through the year-ender with those saccharine TV jingles. Help is at hand with these five songs that will distract you from the ruckus of the holidays.
Tears For Fears – Advice For The Young At Heart (1989)
Not everyone will be having relatives coming over, so this hit song from The Seeds of Love is for those expecting a quieter occasion. Fit for you and your significant other, this romantic ballad is great for those times when sipping eggnog by the Christmas tree is how you prefer your day to unfold.
Last Dinosaurs – Apollo (2015)
On the other hand, if you’re the expected rather than expecting, this upbeat and candid track off the Wellness album will get you all ready and pumped up to shake those blues away. Get it playing and see if you can beat your friends in a dance battle. Perfect for those planning on going to a Christmas dinner with all their close friends.
The Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe (1980)
Sometimes, there are moments where the holidays feel rather bland or meaningless to you. Maybe you’ve just broken up with that special someone or that long-distance relationship you’re having makes you wish they’re celebrating it with you in person. To save you from all those tabs and bottomless drinks in your local bar, you can play this grumpy song from their self-titled debut album and gorge on those slices of ham and mango trifle at home instead.
Blur – Charmless Man (1996)
Admit it, we all have that one person who’s perennially mean or unfair to you and you’ve always wanted to get back at them. But because of all that spirit of happiness and celebration, you’re obliged to put on a smile and shake their hand. Whenever you’re having to split the turkey with them or give them a gift this Christmas, you can play this song in your headphones and fantasise about wrecking their day and have your own holiday cheer.
The Go! Team – Junior Kickstart (2003)
There’s a chance that in the end you won’t go for any of those mentioned. Maybe all you want is a nice, suitable soundtrack for the New Year potluck you’re having with your family and the ensuing games and conversations afterwards. If that’s what you’re after then this track from their debut album Thunder, Lightning, Strike will handle it for you. Just play and let that fusion of guitars and trumpets get the mood going.