December 2008 – Holy Ghost


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DCLXXIV – December 2008

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7211
6
RIGHT NOW (NA NA NA)
Akon
7212
1
GREATEST DAY
Take That
7213
2
USE SOMEBODY
Kings of Leon
7214
1
RUN
Leona Lewis
7215
3
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY / PEACE ON EARTH
BandAged
7216
8
LISTEN
Beyonce
7217
2
BROKEN STRINGS
James Morrison and Nelly Furtado
7218
5
ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS SONG
Geraldine
7219
2
HALLELUJAH
Jeff Buckley
7220
1
HALLELUJAH
Alexandra Burke

 

Oh yeah, I remember Right Now and its intensely irritating chorus now. It’s been a few years since I last saw the Greatest Day video, but yes, it does still look very much as though Gary Barlow and friends are declaring their undying love towards a load of skyscrapers.

This week’s not a particularly great one, I’m afraid. More stadium rock from Kings of Leon and a rendition of Run that starts off absolutely brilliantly and then tumbles headlong into howling-power-ballad territory at the halfway point. Oh… bloody hell… it turns out Terry Wogan did reach the Top Ten after all – he was one half of BandAged along with Aled Jones. There are two bright sides to this – the first being that this single raised a few quid for charity and the second being that Floral Dance still only got to No.21.

Listen. I did, but wish I hadn’t. Broken Strings is better from James Morrison, more like this will do nicely, ta. Bit of advice for Mr Morrison though, if your hotel room’s on fire, it’s a good idea to put the guitar down, stop singing and get the hell out of there. Next on the list is Peter Kay again. Don’t blame me, I didn’t bloody buy it. The year ends with two versions of the same song – namely Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. His version got to No.36 this week, so there’s a rendition of this song for everyone – hooray! The reason for the Hallelujah-overload was The X-Factor’s decision to use it as the 2008 winner’s single sparked something of a backlash. Leonard Cohen’s version had never reached the chart before and Jeff Buckley’s had only previously got as high as No.65 the year before, but there was a mass mobilisation to stop Alexandra Burke’s rendition from getting to the top. Nothing against her personally, it was more a protest against ITV making a mockery of the race for the Christmas Number One over the past few years. Out of the two, for me there’s no contest – Jeff Buckley nailed it, so any cover versions that followed his are redundant.

 

There you are then, that was 2008. Bit of a quiet year, to be honest. I’ve sat through worse years, it has to be said; anyway, I suppose we might as well move on to 2009 and see what that’s going to serve up…