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'Bells were ringing out for Christmas Day'

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A rare and brilliant 1988 St. Patrick's Day performance of "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, featuring the late, great Kirsty MacColl. The song reached No. 2 on the British charts back in '87.

Family and friends of MacColl, still upset of the handling of her death in Mexico in 2000, had told the media earlier this month that they hoped the song would finish the holiday season in the coveted "Christmas No. 1" spot in Britain as a way of honoring the singer.

Indeed, BBC reports that "Fairytale of New York" has finished on top of the charts this year (the fifth year in a row). Other 80s tunes in the top 5 include "Last Christmas" by Wham! at No. 3 and then both versions of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 20 and Band Aid at 4 and 5.

In addition, Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan celebrates his 50th birthday today. He told the BBC his credits his lifestyle for surviving so long: "Smoking, drinking, partying -- that's why I've stayed alive as long as I have."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:27pm]

    

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