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Sunday Almanac – December 2016 – Christmas Party Edition

Chris & I try to avoid favourites or bests so maybe let’s agree last Sunday’s Christmas Almanac was ‘just’ the most extraordinary yet. All of it, everybody, from the off, at points not even enough room to dance, Andy‘s 2nd flawless guest set, our Christmas 2016 cds, in no particular order it was wonderful to see Gabriel & Emma, Sallie, Michael, Joe, Huw, Wendy, David, Kathryn,Catherine, Mark & Doougs, Huw, Nicki, Vanessa, James & his brother & feller & mum, Doug, Col & Rob, Chris & James, Sam & Jeff, Dan & his family, Philip, Julie, Andy, Mandy, Bill & Mary, gorgeous to see 4 of my oldest muckers at their 1st Almanac, Maria, Christian, Colin John & Berty, our slightly shellshocked & ever brilliant hosts Rich, Daisy, Leanne, Nick & all at the St.George’s especially the geniuses in the kitchen. We are both still digesting it, All of it. Back for our 3rd Birthday party on January the 29th but for now Happy Christmas, let’s bid this occasional beast of a year a polite but firm Up Yours & the songs we played were…


Here We Go Magic – ‘Over The Ocean’

Blick Bassy – ‘Ake’

Smith & Burrows – ‘When The Thames Froze’

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Godley & Creme – ‘Under Your Thumb’

Muriel Smith – ‘Happy Talk’

China Crisis – ‘King In A Catholic Style’

Madonna & William Orbit – ‘Like An Angel Passing Through My Room’

Eels – ‘The Stars Shine In The Sky’

Rufus Wainwright – ‘Vibrate’

Beniamino Gigli – Verdi – ‘La Donna e Mobile” from Rigoletto

Hot Chocolate – ‘I’ll Put You Together Again’

The Drifters – ‘Like Sister & Brother’

David Bowie – ‘Fantastic Voyage’

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Liberation’

Dubstar – ‘Stars’

Lee Marvin – ‘Wandering Star’

Everything But The Girl – ‘Missing (Amtrac ending)

Midland – ‘Final Credits’

Phil Spector – ‘Silent Night’


Gladys Knight & The Pips – ‘Try To Remember/The Way We Were’

Holly Johnson – ‘Hollelujah’

Kylie Minogue – ‘Come Into My World’

Prince – ‘Thieves In The Temple’

Donna Summer – ‘(If It) Hurts Just A Little’

Plan B – ‘She Said’

Band Aid – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas (excerpt from the Trevor Horn B Side)

David Bowie – ‘It’s No Game (Part 1)

Cass Elliott – ‘Move In A Little Closer’

Janis Ian – ‘In The Winter’

Charles Aznavour – ‘She’

Greg Lake – ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’

Hear’say – ‘Pure & Simple’

Human League – ‘Human’

John Hawksworth – ‘Roobarb & Custard’

Simply Red – ‘Fairground’

Slade – ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’

Blancmange – ‘Blind Vision’

The Four Seasons – ‘Who Loves You’ (12” mix)

Britney Spears – ‘Gimme More’

Jermaine Jackson – ‘Let’s Get Serious’

Sparks – ‘The Number One Song In Heaven’


Maureen Lipman – Are You Sitting Comfortably?

TV Theme – Police Squad

Mantronix – Got to Have Your Love

Lily Allen – LDN

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Beggin’

Hifi Sean, Crystal Waters – Testify

Peter Bjorn and John – What You Talking About?

Betty Boo – Where Are You Baby?

The Cure – In Between Days

The Bob Leaper Orchestra – High Wire

Kelly Rowland – Work (Freemasons Edit)

Harry Belafonte – Jump in the Line

Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game (K-Klass Radio Mix)

Barry Manilow – Copacabana (At the Copa – the 1993 Remix)

Freelance Hellraiser – A Stroke of Genie-us

Robyn – Dancing on my Own

Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)

Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices

The Muppets – Rainbow Connection

OT Quartet – Hold That Sucker Down (Radio Edit)

Joyce Grenfell – Farewell


Mike Oldfield – ‘Portsmouth’

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Left To My Own Devices’

Soulsearchers – ‘Can’t Get Enough’

Stars On 45 – ‘Stars On 45’

Primal Scream – ‘Loaded’

Scissor Sisters – ‘Filthy/Gorgeous’

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – ‘Say Say Say’

Edwin Starr – ‘Contact’

Rolling Stones – ‘Brown Sugar’

Rainbow – ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’

Madonna – ‘Music’

David Bowie – ‘Let’s Dance’

The Charlatans – ‘The Only One I Know’

David Essex – ‘Gonna Make You A Star’

Tim Deluxe – ‘It Just Won’t Do’

The Cure – ‘Close To Me’

Fleetwood Mac ‘ Big Love’

Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Happy House’

The Waitresses – ‘Christmas Wrapping’

Manhattan Transfer – ‘Chanson D’Amour’

The Vapours – ‘Turning Japanese’

JX – ‘Son Of A Gun’

Armand Van Helden – ‘My My My’

Bow Wow Wow – ‘I Want Candy’

Prince – I Would Die 4 You’

David Bowie – ‘Suffragette City’

Queen & David Bowie – ‘Under Pressure’

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Always On My Mind’




Photos courtesy of Dom Agius Photography – Music courtesy of Tiffany Twisted Productions.

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This entry was posted on December 18, 2016 by in Almanac.
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