Bear Music Christmas Special

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The Assumptions of the Virgin by Titian.

Usually on Sundays we post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. However with tomorrow being Christmas Day we thought we should have a Christmas Special and select our all-time favourite Christmas Song. That was the idea, however this proved more difficult than we originally thought mainly because there are just so many great Christmas Songs out there. However we decided to persevere and see if we could pick just one song to be our favourite

Some of you with a very long memory may remember one year we chose The Progues’ Fairytale of New York as our favourite Christmas song and indeed for many years it was. However, that song has been done to death at Christmas and kind of outlived its usefulness. We have also previously chosen Gary Jules’ cover of Mad World. We still love that song here at Jammy Toast but there is just something inherently wrong at this time of year to featuring a song which is basically about death and dying.

This year they have also made one of those clever camera trickery things where Elvis Presley sings Blue Christmas with Martina McBride. Everything on the video looks so real until you count on your fingers and realise that Martina was only about ten years old when Elvis died. Brilliant video though go and watch it.

Jona Lewie’s Stop The Cavalry, Wham’s Last Christmas, John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over), Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, Coldplay’s Christmas Lights, Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song, Greg Lake’s I Believe In Father Christmas, Mike Oldfield’s In Dulci Jubilo, Sky’s Toccata, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, George Michael’s Jesus To A Child, Aled Jones’ The Snowman (Walking In The Air), Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas, and many, many more…

We finally decided on a song which was released in 1984 by a new band whose first two singles had gone to #1 in the UK – this song followed them to #1. Despite it being regarded as a Christmas song, it has absolutely no reference to Christmas within the lyrics. However, the accompanying video features the Nativity, and the single cover was The Assumptions of the Virgin by the Italian Renaissance artist Titian. The single spent just one week at Number One in the UK, outsold by the Band Aid charity single. Since then, reissues and/or remixes of the song have been top 10 UK hits on two other occasions, hitting #10 in 1993 and #6 in 2000.

The song has also charted in the UK sung by Holly Johnson and a cover version by Gabrielle Aplin. Aplin’s recording of the song also went to #1 in the UK, exactly 28 years after the original single topped the charts.

Holly Johnson, who co-wrote the song, later reminisced: “I always felt like [it] was the record that would save me in this life. There is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end.”

Have you worked it out yet?

One more clue… “I’ll protect you from the hooded claw, keep the vampires from your door.”

Christmas #1

Jammy Toast Christmas #1

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Flat Eric is a star of Levi’s commercials for Sta-Prest One Crease Denim Clothing. His name comes from an idea for a commercial that included having a car run over his head and flattening it. The idea was not used but the name stuck. Flat Eric rides with his friend Angel around California, evading the police as a wanted criminal.

50 Comments on “Bear Music Christmas Special”

  1. This is one of my favourite songs. LOVE Holly Johnson and Ive seen him around Liverpool a couple of times and he looks fabulous!! Great choice dad especially as Holly is only a stones throw away from our little town. ?

  2. 19 called before she left her job at the grocery store, asking if I needed any last minute things.

    I told her, all I need is YOU.

    Hearing her little giggle after I said that was everything. :heart:

  3. Already crying… aww Leon we are all so lucky to have had you in our lives and to have been invited into yours and June’s living room every Friday night. You made so many people smile :heart:


  4. I think we’re ready for Christmas. Presents are wrapped, labels have been written and Mr and Mrs Brown seem happy that their latest calculations of timings for the Christmas lunch are correct.

    1. Oh stop wittering on, it is obvious that Larry, Gladstone, Kevin Smith, Jim Royle, Aisling and Voyager just couldn’t sleep so they visited Jammy Toast!


  5. Yet another Christmas without a baby so I’m dressing up my cat in matching PJs and watching her unwrap a pile of expensive gifts that she doesn’t find half as amusing as the boxes they came in. It’s totally the same thing, really.

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