It’s Xmastime Again


Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Live Aid, 1985).
Bowie’s 2013 Xmas “Elvis” Message.
Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy.
Peter and the Wolf.
The Snowman.
Feed the World.

Well, running the song poll took more out of me than I thought: I’ve been in recovery all the past week, and I probably won’t get to the album poll results until around the new year.

So instead, the annual tradition. You know how it goes: I put up a Christmas post and say “well, this looks like it’s the last Xmas post for the blog” and then the thing keeps going for another year.

It’s Bowie’s fault, really. Here’s what I wrote last year: “Barring another Bowie album in 2015, this is the last Christmas post of the blog’s “primary” life. (It will have an afterlife of sorts, and so probably more Xmas posts.)”

And what did we get? A new play AND a new album! So I won’t even try to say this is the last Xmas post. I’m sure I’ll be here in December 2016, complaining about how the Lazarus: More From the Crypt 3-CD deluxe set means yet more songs to cover.

Anyhow: have a great holiday and a fine new year. Thanks again to everyone who bought the book, and for your support and kind words over the years. 2016 should bring: the long-awaited “Heat” post, probably all the Blackstar songs at some point and the rollout of a new music blog in the spring (ish).

Previous Xmas posts have reshuffled a small set of Bowie holiday material: the 1977 Bing Crosby duet; DB’s intro to The Snowman (1982); his cameo on the Band Aid B-side “Feed the World,” his Elvis impression of a holiday greeting, broadcast Boxing Day 2013 on Radio 6’s This Is Radio Clash and Peter and the Wolf because it’s fun and sort-of wintry. For this year, I threw in the ragged “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” finale from Live Aid, with Bowie singing the opening lines (as Bob Geldof had wanted him to on the single).

Thanks to all readers, past and present.

As with last year, the Snow Bowie GIF is from Consequence of Sound.

26 Responses to It’s Xmastime Again

  1. Jack Womack says:

    And continued great work as ever! Good to meet you in person this year. Happy New Year —

  2. Deanna says:

    Thanks for keeping up this massive project for so long! Your posts always brighten my day and keep my love for Bowie just a little bit unhealthy!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Galdo says:

    This blog, which I’ve been reading since 2013, it’s essencial on my understanding of bowiesongs. Thanks for all the effort you’ve been putting into this, every single Bowie fan shoud know this blog.

    Thanks, Chris! And Happy Holidays!

  4. steven says:

    this blog is very good

  5. Anonymous says:

    Happy Christmas and many thanks for being a perpetual fount of fascination and inspiration

  6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for all the great writing you’ve provided over the years.

  7. Abby says:

    Happy New Year and thank you for this blog. I only discovered it a few months ago and my Bowie knowledge has been increasing exponentially ever since.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hey, what’s the release date for Lazarus: More From the Crypt?

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for the wonderful blog!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for another fun year, Chris. And thanks to all the other commenters for making this a fun place to hang out. Merry Christmas all
    IDidTheZiggy (can’t remember my login, stupid new phone)

  10. Maj says:

    Happy Christmas, Chris, and all the best in the next year! πŸ™‚

  11. Paul O says:

    Merry Christmas, Mr…O’Leary!.

  12. ragingglory says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for a great blog! Got the book the other day as present for myself and really enjoying it. All the best

  13. Michael says:

    I hope you’re “complaining” for a long time to come.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great blog and for running the poll this year. It was fun and exciting to follow these last posts and there’s still more to come – yay! Enjoy your holidays and all the best for the next year.

  15. president Joan says:

    Thanks for a fantastisk blog and a lovely Christmas greeting!

    The link to the Elvis message wouldnt work for me, but I managed to find the message on Youtube and it was hilarious.

    Now, have yourself a merry little Christmas and a – a happy new year! Thank you very much!

  16. Vinnie says:

    Secretly, I love “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” That synth line, that melody — so well done, and god help us, if David Bowie was on the studio version, I’d listen to it on repeat every year.

    May “Pushing Ahead of the Dame”, and Mr. Jones himself, live on and on forever, because the calibre of writing improves year over year, and as “Lazarus” and “Blackstar” have shown, Bowie still got a lot of good music in him.

    Merry Christmas, Chris, and fellow readers/commenters!

  17. BenJ says:

    There’s something endearing about a rock ‘n’ roll legend who’s come out of retirement but kept up a press blackout calling a radio show to do a really bad Elvis impression.

  18. Tim Speaker says:

    Chris, I have said it before, but this is the best writing ever concerning our man DB. Congrats on the book and future books!
    Your efforts are appreciated!

    All the best,

  19. SylvieD says:

    Merry Christmas to all and thank you Chris for everything : the research, the excellent writing, the oblique photos, the marvellous quotes, and the dogged persistence. I only wish I had rekindled my bowie obsession earlier ! And thank you all the commenters for making this blog a wonderful bowie Island in the internet ocean of drivel.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, David, for continuing to release new material so Chris keeps the blog going!

    Looking forward to more excellent posts…

  21. Bruised Passivity says:

    Warmest Holiday wishes for you Chris and to all my fellow Bowiephiles who make this blog such a friendly and interesting place . May you all find joy and peace in 2016! πŸ™‚

  22. MC says:

    Merry Xmas to all, and to all a good night!

  23. President Joan says:

    Toll the bell …

    Happy New Year, Chris and everyone … πŸ™‚

  24. BenJ says:

    Read the faux Bowies piece on today. Nicely done, Chris.

    And yes, Happy New Year to all. See you on the other side. πŸ™‚

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