Don’t let that headline persuade you otherwise, I am a huge, huuuuuuge Ed Sheeran guy. Voice of an angel, I tell ya. “Barcelona” was my number 2 most played song on Spotify this year (I want you, baby…. *solamente*). But this is exactly my point, isn’t it?
If Ed Sheeran, the god, can cover “Fairytale of New York” and only do an “eh, it’s ok” job then that right there is proof positive that no one on planet earth should ever be trying to cover it. It’s out of your league, everybody. It’s perfect and you should leave it be.
I’m not much of a Christmas music guy, which I know is akin to saying I don’t like dogs, but I’m not. I’ll bang a little Mariah and a little Bruce around the tree, but I’m not one of those folks who finish their Thanksgiving dinner, take a big shit, then start decking the halls with balls of holly. You can keep your jingle bells, your holy nights, your drummer boys, and your Christmas shoes. That’s just not for me.
However, I play “Fairytale of New York” roughly ten billion times every Christmas season and another half billion out of season. It’s to Christmas music as Die Hard is to Christmas movies: they are Christmas themed, but they’re so great they work whenever the mood strikes.
So please, everyone else still breathing, never try and emulate The Pogues and Kristy MacColl. They made music perfection and if Ed Sheeran can’t do it then you don’t have a prayer.
PS – Gotta love a Christmas song that works “slut” and “faggot” into the lyrics.