‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’ and ‘Merry Christmas Kiss My Ass’ the pinnacles of a Yuletide pop-punk playlist. From Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds southern chimes of ‘Red Right Hand’ to the pompous persona of ‘Choke’, a synth spin off project of Dallon Weeks/Ryan Seaman, all wrapped up by a Fleetwood Mac heritage classic tied together with a My Everything Grande ribbon. The best playlist present in a festive 2017 winter stocking.
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Clanging chimes and woozy whirring is the resonance of Birminghams finest 1920’s notorious group of gangsters. By order of the Peaky Blinders, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds rendering ‘Red Right Hand’ is the sole soundtrack for the Shelby’s sinister syndicate. Vindictive vocabulary with Cave crooning “Where the viaduct looms/Like a bird of doom’ as Thomas Shelby “In a dusty black coat with/A red right hand” crosses the corrupted criminal land of the Blinders brutal business to Nicks malice hums and tenebrous tones.
Happy Holidays You Bastard – Blink-182
If it was Christmas eve and Mark Hoppus had only wrapped two presents, every flake of festivities would be drained from Santa clause’s Lapland grotto. Struggles of acting in a civilised manner amongst family members and the holiday hype affects Hoppus distinctly as he vents his familiar frustrations fuming how much he hates your guts, insisting to never speak to you again unless in return for alluring activities.
Choke – I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
Transmitting from the unsuccessful times of the 80’s A-ha wave where the world wasn’t ready for the alternative arrangement. I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME has been found with the discovery of tapes uncovering the audacious, vintage and dazzling Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman duo performances of the fantastical ‘Modern Day Cain’ to the brassy boldness of ‘Choke’, a deathly expression of Weekes’ cultural un-appropriation for the lavish LA life.
Panic! At The Disco – Feels Like Christmas
Santa Clause otherwise known as Brendon Urie has delivered the golden gift of Christmas musical festivities. “To end the year right, here’s a little holiday jam I wrote for you” Urie’s phone notes recite, with the Panic! At The Disco showman optimistic for the upcoming new year and the holidays ahead. Attaining a instrumental breakdown akin to the swinging ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, a Sinatra inspired song marinated with Beyoncé undertones has been given a sparkle of magic to construct ‘Feels Like Christmas’. “Celebrate the holidays with presents to spare” and “Fire up the mistletoe like the tree” chants the tenor tones and soaring singing of the Las Vegas shining star.
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
Next song in the chain of the repertoire of The Winter 2017 playlist is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours pinnacle ‘The Chain’ better know to innocent millennial’s as a Harry Styles cover song. Luring the listener in with the patting of a on beat drum and twanging guitar in cohorts with Buckinghams, Nicks and McVie’s harmonious hums, is the mere calm before the bridge storm. The brewing bass lines interrupt the steady pacing of the tranquility before it and adds a whole other apprehensive, daring, rugged dimension to the cleverly crafted chain.
Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass – All Time Low
All Time Low’s rendition of Wham! famed lyrics “Last Christmas, I have you my heart/But the very next day you gave it away” exposes a more brutal approach to festivities “When I gave you my heart/You ripped it apart/Like the wrapping paper trash”. The forth record Dirty Work bonus feature is one of pure pop-punk versions of lyrical holiday hell and categorical coarse vocals of Alex Gaskarth all topped of with a jingle of bells for instrumentals.
Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart – Ariana Grande
The exchanging of hearts resulting in the life saving organ being given away, ripped apart or a project of self-greed for Ariana Grande. Popularised by Styles performance of the graceful ballad which he put a charming Cheshire approach on during the songwriting process, with Grande marking the sweet song as “Beautiful” when describing her immediate impressions stating “The first time I heard it I was so touched and moved. It was beautiful”. Sweeping piano melodies and glossy feminine vocals by Grande explore the story of clinging onto last fragments of hope and adoration of a disloyal significant other.
Fools Gold (Recorded At RAK Studios, London For Spotify Sessions) – Niall Horan
‘Fools Gold’ is still the shining distraction that is making Niall Horan fly home to his One Direction foundations. As the 24 year old launched his debut solo The Flicker Sessions autumnal tour in promotion for his numbingly mellow album Flicker, whilst it wasn’t a picture perfect fitting of Horan’s affiliates Where We Are stadium tour the resonance of being on stage in front of a set of dedicated human beings struck a chord of nostalgia. Like Harry and Louis displaying their affection for the boy band days with tracks ‘Little Black Dress’ and ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ stars in set lists, the Irish individual took his homage further, recording a silky ambient acoustic version of the Four favourite.
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