#825: 2011, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

by George_East on December 25, 2013

For the third year out of the four Christmases that Allthatsleft has been in existence it has fallen on me to post our Christmas song.

It has become something of a tradition on this blog for our Christmas Day song to be something a little outside the usual Christmas classics.     The more obvious stuff has tended to be posted on other days in the Christmas period – like the Christmas Eve postings of the Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s peerless Fairytale of New York and the Crystals’ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (from the only great Christmas Album of all time, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector).

As a reminder our Christmas Day songs so far have been:

2010: 2007, Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, Christmas 1979 (‘a merry fucking Christmas to you all’);

2011: 1959, Eddie Cochran and the Holly Twins, All I Want For Christmas Is Elvis (a wonderful sentiment);

2012: 1999, Low, Just Like Christmas (a minor indie classic)

This year’s song is the best Christmas song of the decade so far.  Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ commitment to recording old skool southern soul using analogue recording equipment for extra authenticity has made for some of the greatest retro sounds of recent years (check out her extraordinary 100 Days, 100 Nights album if you don’t know her stuff).

This is a wonderful song in a 1960s soul style sung from a very logical  young child’s point of view.  How is she going to get her presents when she lives in the chimney-less projects:

Momma sat me down and said

Baby, Santa Claus does magic things

As soon as you’re asleep a chimney will appear

And in the morning you will see what he brings

Don’t you worry

There ain’t chimneys in the projects’.

So there we have it. That’s the explanation.  I hope Santa brought everything you wanted, whether down a real chimney or a magic one specially created.

Wishing the best of Christmases to all of our readers from all of us here at All

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