Quite some time ago (not a tales as old as time situation – around 12 years ago) I used to get invited to a friend’s Christmas party in Chiswick where one of the guests would tell stories about working with Cliff Richard.
I haven’t been invited to a Christmas house party for years and this year it’s even less likely to happen (because the friends I have aren’t the kind of people to put the lives of others in danger).
No bother though – this week’s Fiskal Policy follows on from the summer playlist in June and the autumn playlist in September with some winter tunes to be the soundtrack to your non-existent Christmas party. They are guaranteed to keep you smiling indoors and outdoors.
First up is a track I heard from the first time on Progrezz night with Mojaxx on Twitch on Wednesday night. He described it as the tune of the year and it is pretty epic.
I’m also not sure if I’ve ever seen Throwing Muses live.
But I am sure this track, Frosting, from Sun Racket, their 10th studio album, is incredible.
You could play this one by Confidence Man and pretend you’ve remixed it yourself:
Christmas adverts usually have a cover of a classic song (apart from this year’s John Lewis ad).
This track by Ghost Suns isn’t on a Christmas ad and it is also from the summer rather than being new – but it isn’t pretty special.
If you believe in the Christian God you probably believe that Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem on a donkey and there Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable. It’s the first example of a Christmas road trip.
If this was a Christmas party by now the sausage rolls would have come out of the oven (you can take your three for two party food of mini quiches, wontons and filo pastry wrapped prawns and shove them up your arse because what people want, what they really really want is cook from frozen – and brush the tops with milk – sausage rolls) and they’d be piping hot so you need a slower track to cool things down.
And if Christmas parties can include great music from the year, not just the past few months, then Ferris Wheel by Sylvan Esso has to be one to spin on the turntables (once I’ve plugged in my record player and on Spotify/ YouTube before then).
With it being a Christmas party playlist it’s probably time to throw in a festive tune you’ve never heard of before – from the soundtrack to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Is it me or does the singer say Santy rather than Santa? (The song is definitely not new but it’s new to me.)
And one you heard years ago but have never quite heard it done like this before (unless you weren’t late to the party like I was, and you heard Bleached‘s version of the track last year).
And to end we have a 2020 style Christmas curveball: Daniel Avery‘s London Island.
It’s the kind of tune you might encounter at a wanky art Fiskfest event – lying in a darkened room with lots of strangers watching the video projected on to big screens on the walls – rather than a Christmas party, but it’s 2020 so anything goes!
Check out the Spotify playlist so you can play all the tunes at your non-existent 2020 Christmas party.
(This week’s episode comes just days after Rishi Sunak’s spending review so, in theory, this week’s Fiskal Policy should have been about fiscal policy. But, to be honest, I just don’t have enough to say about an infrastructure bank.)
Stay safe for another week!