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I Believe In Father Christmas
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Stuck In A Chimney You Can't Get Out Of

We've got a lot to thank the charity compilation series 'A Very Special Christmas' for because without it we may never have had Christmas recordings from the likes of the Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Run-D.M.C.or U2. The Dublin band recorded a rocking version of Darlene Love's 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' for the inaugural compilation in the series and it showed a band who up that to point could do no wrong. Imagine having the temerity to challenge the genius that was Ms. Love's version but rather than outdo her they took the song off in a singular U2esque thrill ride. The fact that they enlisted Darlene herself to do the backing vocals just proves the genius of the piece.

For all the success of U2's cover it is quite surprising that they have rarely attempted to build on this mini Christmas adventure. Sure lead singer Bono had a rousing line to sing on Band-Aid's charity record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' in 1984 and the band do reference the season on the otherwise non-Christmas tunes like 'If God Will Send His Angels', 'Peace on Earth' and 'Miss Sarajevo' but their cover of 'I Believe In Father Christmas' is their only other addition to their Christmas reportoire. There is a bootleg recording of Bono reciting John F. Deane's 'Driving To Midnight Mass: Dublin, Christmas Eve' poem for a Chicago radio station in 1984 but apart from the words there is no music apart from flashes of 'New Year's Day' (itself a candidate for inclusion on post Christmas playlists) in the background.

Greg Lake's epic from 1975 is a world away from your generic Christmas warble but it is again to U2's credit that they do it justice (and Lake has admitted as such in several interviews he has given). The U2 rendition was recorded in 2008 for Bono's Red Project and while it didn't boast the power of the orchestral movements of the original it still packs a punch as the band emote (through a combination of the Edge's chiming guitars and Bono's sincere expressions) the erosion in the way Christmas was meant to be celebrated.

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