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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Christmas Songs On 2 Reply with quote

I did hear right Steve Wright had an email asking when Christmas songs start on the station. He said " Monday 29th November"

Which ones are your favourites?

Wham - Last Christmas

Elton John - Step Into Christmas
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't Let the Bells End The Darkness

Christmas Time is Here Again The Flirtations

Lonely this Christmas Mud
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Santa's A Scotsman' Don't recall who sings it but it's usually heard on Ken Bruce's show.
'The Boars Head Carol' by Steeleye Span
'Tar Barrel In Dale' by The Unthanks I think is aimed at Christmas / New Year. It certainly has that feel about it.
Of the more mainstream fare 'Step Into Christmas' by Elton John.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Blue Christmas - Elvis
White Christmas - Bing

and of course..
Merry Christmas Everybody - those Slade boys...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and errrrm..

The Pretenders - 2000 Miles Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driving home for Christmas - Chris Rea

(because we used to!)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:09 am    Post subject: Re: Christmas Songs On 2 Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
I did hear right Steve Wright had an email asking when Christmas songs start on the station. He said " Monday 29th November"

Which ones are your favourites?

Wham - Last Christmas

Elton John - Step Into Christmas


None. They're all crap - and awfully dated, too. I guess I've been put off all of them due to their being flogged to death in the high street stores from mid-October onwards.

Nope. You can keep the lot of 'em!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't believe it when I heard Wright say he may play some on Monday <YIKES> (I wish we had that R2 board smiley on here). It's far too soon.

Will come back with my favourites later!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I walked out of a shop the other day because they were playing THAT Christmas album.

My favourites of the "popular ones" are Walking in the Air (I prefer Aled singing to being a radio presenter although the original version in The Snowman is better), Saviours Day by Cliff and In Dulce Jubilo
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is they are in danger land when they play Christmas songs a little early, but they an't really early. Listeners do enjoy them, and the station does need to keep up with other radio stations, where we have seen two of them going national this year. They are starting to play them. I'm sure this has been agreed with the presenters and producers before they are aired.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark it's not as if you don't hear them anywhere else, you can't escape them in shops as Gutsy has just said. November 29th is far too soon, 6th December is the earliest they should be played this year IMHO.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBC have to bow down to the listeners. I really don't think it's too soon.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went into a local store to exchange an item early yesterday morning in order to avoid the queues and they were playing Christmas music

When I asked the lady on the checkout how she could stand it all day she said that they only played it while the boss was there and when he went to another store at 10am they turned it off
That's ingenious thinking I said

Sure enough when I returned on my wy home they were playing Bat Out of Hell Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to hear Christmas Alphabet sung by my first heart-throb Dickie Valentine.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
The problem is they are in danger land when they play Christmas songs a little early, but they an't really early.


Yes they are. It's completely absurd!

I went to a local market today and was confronted with the Sally Army Band playing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and heard Jingle Bells and that god-awful song by Slade playing from nearby shops.

It's 27th November for goodness sake! The week before Xmas is fine, but every year the commercial exploitation (for that's what it is) just gets more and more intolerable.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Would love to hear Christmas Alphabet sung by my first heart-throb Dickie Valentine.


Eileen it's a favourite of mine as well! Ed Stewart played it for me on his first Christmas show 2 or 3 years ago. I said I'd seen him in pantomine.

You'll be green with envy but that pantomime was in Newcastle at the Theatre Royal when I was 6. He asked for some children to come up to the stage. I somehow was one of the 3 up there, with 2 other boys so my mum tells me, and he sang 'Singin The Blues' which we joined in with! We were given several bags of sweets afterwards apparently.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Couldn't believe it when I heard Wright say he may play some on Monday <YIKES> (I wish we had that R2 board smiley on here). It's far too soon. H


sorry Helen.. Cool
I can't believe what a bunch of old miseries there are here!... Razz
I'm certainly peed off with everything that's going on nowadays so the quicker some Christmas atmosphere penetrates the gloom the better!
Ho Ho Ho...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SanteFe

I thought I'd copied and pasted it but couldn't find it. Will do yours, thanks!

Still too soon for Christmas songs, December 1st at the very earliest. I think Steve's US trips are getting to him!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

H, I copied most of the Beeb's smiley addresses and pasted them on a document for easy access.. I particularly liked the laugh one!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Helen on this one..I love Christmas but Christmas songs in November.... what next, Easter Eggs in shops in January?.... Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Christmas songs but just not in November and I have always loved Noddy Holders Pension Plan, sorry folks! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well... it's nearly December... Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SantaFefan wrote:
Well... it's nearly December... Laughing


True, but I would rather they waited for a few days into the month!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The official policy of Radio 2 is apparently that Christmas tracks are supposed to be played a maximum of 2 weeks before Christmas

That's still a little too early for me and I think mid December is soon enough
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish that policy would apply to people getting married... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in a shop today where the predictable xmas tacky music was making itself heard on the system. When I got to the payment desk I rolled my eyes at the assistant and said "I'm glad it's you working here and having to put up with this awful music and not me" and she replied "It drives us all mad. Even the manager doesn't like it, but head office tells us we have to because it's supposed to encourage people to spend money in the run-up to Christmas".

And that just about sums it all up!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Lamacq has just played a festive track by The Boy Least Likely to. Is this the first one to be played on Radio 2?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Rumer sings Bacharach at christmas Reply with quote

I heard this on Smooth radio the other day. Very nice for Christmas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXlC4RxOG-0
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Evan Elpuss wrote:
Steve Lamacq has just played a festive track by The Boy Least Likely to. Is this the first one to be played on Radio 2?

Steve Lamacq's playlist is now up and this was the track. The Boy Least Likely To Blue Spruce Needles
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
I'm with Helen on this one..I love Christmas but Christmas songs in November.... what next, Easter Eggs in shops in January?.... Wink


I know it's not quite Easter Eggs but in sainsbugs the other day they had a display with all the Christmas goodies - cakes, puds etc and a stack of hot cross buns next to it lol.

On the question of shops my own personal take on the seasonal music is that if they played nice Christmas carols or music people would be inclined to stay in the shop for longer as it is more soothing than the frenetic crimbo pop songs. Anyone else agree?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gutsygub wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
I'm with Helen on this one..I love Christmas but Christmas songs in November.... what next, Easter Eggs in shops in January?.... Wink


I know it's not quite Easter Eggs but in sainsbugs the other day they had a display with all the Christmas goodies - cakes, puds etc and a stack of hot cross buns next to it lol.

All the seasons are blending in to one.... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gutsygub wrote:
I know it's not quite Easter Eggs but in sainsbugs the other day they had a display with all the Christmas goodies - cakes, puds etc and a stack of hot cross buns next to it lol.


Apparently Marks and Spencers sell Hot X buns for 50 weeks of the year Rolling Eyes !

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back on the Christmas theme I've old fashioned favourite and pop favourites

So hear goes and I may add some others. Real oldies first!

I need a little Christmas (from Mame) Angela Lansbury

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwd4Fj3cTPo&playnext=1&list=PL158156E7BDC44EAD&index=12 or the original
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLtoW8bx1oE&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Christmas Dream - Perry Como (from the Odessa File)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOmNeQHyLA4

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Pop ones

Sleigh Ride - Ronettes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co7ZGOjGV4A


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me guess which two weeks M & S don't sell hot cross buns Helen

How about Easter week and the one preceeding

Everything is now so full on and back to front it really wouldn't surprise me

They could use the excuse they couldn't get any supplies owing to demand elsewhere Shocked
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I've eaten all the mince pies and am ready for the hot-cross buns now! Actually, we do eat them all year round. Last week we ate up a xmas pud we found in the back of the kitchen cupboard. It's only fruit cake, after all.

Easter eggs in November? Bring 'em on!!!

It's all so materialistic now I just don't care.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting point.

Indeed do you just eat Turkey only at Christmas time.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Let me guess which two weeks M & S don't sell hot cross buns Helen

How about Easter week and the one preceeding

Everything is now so full on and back to front it really wouldn't surprise me

They could use the excuse they couldn't get any supplies owing to demand elsewhere Shocked


It's the 2 weeks round Christmas, and I'm sure if they had room on the shelves in the stores they would sell them! I must admit I buy them quite frequently. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Bah! Humbug! "
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Mayhew wrote:
Interesting point.

Indeed do you just eat Turkey only at Christmas time.


I haven't eaten Turkey since 1975.

Wink

I've just had to endure a TV ad for the "Now That's What I Call Xmas" 3CD set.

Gawd help us all. Same old boring tosh repackaged. Mind you, I bet there's a good few suckers will buy it. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Harris played a couple of Christmasy ones in the last hour of his show: http://www.bobharris.info/pages/playlist.asp?progcode=u28112010
And Elaine Page played this on this afternoon's show: Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley & Chris Kolfer We Need A little Christmas. So it's already started!!
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