It’s this time of year again when I try to avoid the annual Last Christmas terror at all costs. If you’re as tired of that song as I am, check out these seven alternative Christmas singles below.
1. Holy Moly & The Crackers – Punk Drunk Xmas Eve
We’re kicking off with one banger of an alternative. Holy Moly & The Crackers hail from the North East of England and are best described as “gipsy folk rock”, if there is such a thing.
Punks Drunk Xmas Eve is their first ever Christmas single and comes with a Tim Burton-esque video that is full of dark and funny moments. If you want to turn things up a notch this year, Holy Moly and here guys got you sorted.
2. Banfi – Caroline
Banfi are a pop rock trio from London who have themselves a name over the past few months with their single June and Happy When You Go. After sharing the stage with the likes of Bear’s Den and Amber Run, the band have just completed a near sell-out European tour. Caroline is their latest Christmas themed single.
3. Sparks – Christmas Without a Prayer
Speaking about the single Ron and Russell Mael said: “As the tradition has been in Sparks, every 41 years marks the time to share an ode to Christmas. It’s 2015, and ’tis the season. So please celebrate our “Christmas Without A Prayer” release. And stay tuned for exciting Xmas news for 2056”.
41 years ago, in 1974, Thank God It’s Not Christmas appeared on the band’s third studio album Kimono My House. Since that time, Sparks have created a unique musical legacy both on record and in live performances, most recently by founding the supergroup FFS, consisting of Sparks and Franz Ferdinand.
4. Smoke Fairies – Christmas Without a Kiss
Smoke Fairies’ video Christmas Without A Kiss is taken from their holiday-themed collection Wild Winter. In 2015, Wild Winter sold out entirely when it was released in a limited edition run and sold exclusively at Rough Trade as the December Album of the Month.
When asked why they chose to focus on a seasonally-themed record, Smoke Fairies explained, “When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album, the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. It’s part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. This was the inspiration behind the record.”
5. Palma Violets – Last Christmas On Planet Earth
Palma Violets’ Christmas single Last Christmas On Planet Earth is out now via Rough Trade Records. The single is backed up by Palma’s favorite All the Garden Birds sung by the Rhythm Studio Kids Choir. The single is available on Limited 7″ & digital.
6. Marika Hackman – Driving Under Stars
In between her debut album We Slept At Last and the follow up I’m Not Your Man, British artist Marika Hackman released the Christmas EP Wonderland. The EP features her own composition as well as her take on the classic O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
7. Phoebe Bridgers – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Phoebe Bridgers is a 22-year old singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. Her debut record Stranger In The Alps was released on September 22nd via Dead Oceans. More recently, she recorded a cover of the Judy Garland classic Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. In March 2018 she will head on a short run of UK and European tour dates.
Want more? Check out our Spotify Christmas playlist.
Also published on Medium.