From the daily archives:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sad To See You Leaving 2011: Socrates

December 24, 2011

Perhaps, one of the greatest football matches ever played took place on the 5th July 1982, when Brazil met Italy at the Estadio Sarria, Barcelona for a place in the semi-final. Brazil had been outstanding throughout the competition, they’d hammered Scotland and New Zealand and comfortably overcame a very good team from the Soviet Union. […]

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#362: 1963, The Crystals, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

December 24, 2011

Last Christmas Eve, Jackie South posted what is undoubtedly the greatest Christmas (and Christmas Eve) song of all time: The Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s A Fairytale of New York. So in an effort to match that I have decided to post a song from what is undoubtedly the greatest Christmas album of all time (a […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2011: Pete Postlethwaite

December 24, 2011

Maybe he will be remembered most for playing Mr Kobayashi, the lawyer, in The Usual Suspects or the band leader in Brassed Off but for me his greatest film performance was the one that originally made his name as a film actor: as the violent father of a working class Liverpool family in Terence Davies’ hugely […]

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#361: 1924, Vernon Dalhart, Wreck of the Old 97

December 24, 2011

I’ve been watching the BBC documentary on country music this evening, and although it wasn’t played, it has inspired this pick.  The song was the first ever million-selling record and did much to popularise Country music, or ‘hill billy music’ as it was then known. I’ve posted before that if rock’n’roll is often inspired by the automobile […]

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