In the spirit of Chrimbletide, these lovely bands have given NME.COM some freebies tastier than a mince pie topped with brandy butter AND ice cream. Cor!
Idiot Glee (feat. Lulu & The Lampshades) – ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ (BBC Maida Vale Session)
Rather than becoming the Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews of slacker indie, instead Idiot Glee and co get top marks for sounding exactly like the Moldy Peaches with their choppy piano and quirky boy-girl vocals. Better still, there’s none of the “but you’re old enough to be her father…” weirdness of the Welsh duo’s cover. Paul Stokes, Associate Editor
The Crookes – ‘It’s Just Not Christmas Without You’
A likeable enough doo-wop Xmas song by new Sheffield tykes The Crookes, which sounds quite a lot like Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, and as such is touched with melancholy. Here’s praying Joe Lean’s alright this season and not wandering the streets eating kippers in a dirty Santa suit like Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places. Martin Robinson, Deputy Editor
Poly Styrene – ‘Black Christmas’ (Kahn Remix)
Poly, DayGlo heroine of playfully serious punk and icon to Beth Ditto amongst many others, has made an unexpected and murderously festive return with this twisted true tale of a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. And here, Bristolian Sureskank collective member Kahn bludgeons the cute reggae-pop original into a glitchy, 8-bit spangled womper. Emily Mackay, Reviews Editor