Christmas is coming, the cards are in the shops, inflatable Santas will soon be scaling the nation’s chimneys, and before long the sleigh bells and major-key choruses of everyone’s favourite seasonal records will reverberate round every supermarket aisle from Land’s End to John o’Groats.
Wizzard, Slade, Cliff…over the years they’ve all churned out songs so jam-packed with comfort and joy it’s hard to imagine the festive season without them. But the daddy of all yuletide singalongs has got to be Band Aid, the collaborative ditty by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof that’s dusted down every few years by a new crowd of the pop world’s best and brightest.
And while it’s unlikely that I, or indeed most of the great un-hosed, will ever be called to appear on the inevitable Band Aid 2020, we’ve all been given the chance to take part in a brand-new novelty Christmas tune that’s sure to end up on heavy rotation in Iceland for many a December to come.
Yes, if you’ve ever wanted to sing or play on a Christmas single your ship has come in, in the shape of Absolute Radio’s “crowd-sourced” Christmas song, which you’re invited to contribute to.
The station’s soliciting musical input from all and sundry to bolster a piece called A Christmas Song by Matt Berry and Everyone, which will be released on 4 December with proceeds from the single going to the homelessness charity Shelter.
If you fancy getting involved, all you have to do is video yourself singing, playing or bashing your way through the tune (even players of “the saucepans or the spoons” are sought) and upload your rendition to Absolute’s website.
Check out the station’s instructional video above to hear the song and learn the chord progression, and if you feel like having a go, head on over to the song’s webpage and you could become a part of kitschy Christmas history…