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On The Radio 17/12/23 (And A Christmas Bonus of 24/12/23)

December 17th



Christmas Eve





Christmas is fast approaching. Shepherds are watching flocks. Geese are getting fat. Merry gentlemen are resting. The airwaves are filling with Christmas songs, and this year Ladbaby will not be No 1 for Christmas.


Pop In The Real World is no exception and last Sunday's show had its share of Christmas spirit. It's the first show I've not been able to listen to as we were away, so if you have any thoughts on it, please share.


The songs played were :


  1. Magic Pony Ride Pt 3 - U Ziq

  2. The Axial Tilt - Sunturns

  3. High and Dry - Radiohead

  4. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot - A Girl Called Eddy

  5. Thinking Of You - The colourfield

  6. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

  7. Always Get Through To You - Barry Can't Swim

  8. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - The Popguns

  9. The Holly and the Ivy - The Pearlfishers

  10. Iceblink Luck - Cocteau Twins

  11. Philadelphia - Shabason, Krgovich and Harris

  12. Hark The Herald Angels Sing - The Goo Goo Dollls

  13. Storm Chasing - Teleman

  14. Love You To Bit (Bit 5) - No Man

  15. My Soul Is On Fire - Lucky Jim

  16. Right - Khruangbin

  17. Wiyathul - Gurrumul

  18. Atheist - Christian Lee Hutson

  19. Crystal - Elton John

  20. African and White - China Crisis

  21. It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas - Pet Shop Boys

  22. Green Light - Lorde

  23. My Favourite Day - Fickle Friends

  24. Goodnoght Ladies - Lou Reed

  25. Harmony Around My Table - Tindersticks

  26. The Same Deep Water As Me - I Am Kloot

  27. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (featuring Kirsty McColl)


Christmas Eve


This time last year, if you'd told me I'd have a radio programme I'd have hidden the sherry and Baileys and made you a strong coffee. It's been enormous fun, made even better by all the interest and pleasure shown.,the lovely comments, and the tons of support and encouragement received. If any of these have come from you, heartfelt thanks.


At the risk of reducing the show's audience to zero, I realise that 18:00 to 20:00 on Christmas Eve may not be the best time for listening to the show. I've given a link to the show at the top of this blog so that if there is a better time for you to listen - while you're wrapping presents, stuffing turkeys or panicking at having forgotten Auntie Hilda's present - you can do so.


It's a programme with nothing but Christmas songs - new and old pop, carols and some solid gold Christmas favourites.


The songs that will be featured are:


  1. Todmorden Bells - Spaceship

  2. Christmas Isn't Christmas 'Til You Get Here - Kylie Minogue

  3. A Happy Christmas Baby - The Boy Least Likely To

  4. The Christmas Waltz - Laufey

  5. Blue Christmas. - Gabrielle Aplin, Hannah Grace

  6. Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn - The Blind Boys of Alabama

  7. Angels We Have Heard On High - Sixpence None The Richer

  8. White Christmas Pt 2 - Pink Martini

  9. Winter Wonderland - Cocteau Twins

  10. I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake

  11. Home Alone, Too - The Staves

  12. Home for The Holidays - Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler

  13. Christmas All Over Again - Calexico and Nick Urata

  14. Little Angel - The Lost Brothers

  15. When The Thames Froze - Smith and Burrows

  16. All That I Want - The Weepies

  17. Here We Come A-Caroling - Pomplamoose

  18. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year - Ingrid Michaelson, Zooey Deschanel

  19. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Phoenix Foundation

  20. Santa's Lost His Mojo - Jeremy Lister

  21. Old Toy Trains - Nick Lowe

  22. George and Andrew - The Boy Least Likely to

  23. Last Christmas - Wham

  24. Driving Home For Christmas - St Etienne

  25. Donna and Blitzen - Badly Drawn Boy

  26. Candy Cane Lane - Sia

  27. A Christmas We Deserve - ABC

  28. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

  29. Just Like Christmas - Low


Happy Christmas everyone and wishing you all the best for 2024.




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