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Stuck in the '80s only has one tradition: 'It was Christmas Eve, babe ... in the drunk tank'



When you spend 10 years of your life honoring a decade that's been gone for 25 years, I don't mind sticking to a tradition or two. And one of those is honoring the Pogues and Fairytale of New York every Christmas Eve. It is, it should be noted, the most placed Christmas song of the 21st centure in the U.K.

Written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan and released on Nov. 23, 1987, Fairytale of New York features MacGowan and the late Kirsty MacColl on vocals. Over the years, the song has dipped in and out of controversy, thanks to some rough language in the second verse that I won't repeat here.

This holiday season, Fairytale of New York got additional love when it was included in a Bill Murray's A Very Murray Christmas. In the Netflix special, the tune is performed by David Johansen, Jenny Lewis and Murray, with Paul Shaffer on piano.

It remains today, as it did in 1987, a classic. And it's a tradition I promise to uphold as long as I have space to honor it.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2015 10:40am]


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