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Monday, 21 December 2009

The 7 Greatest Christmas Songs You've Never Heard - #2

Penultimate entry, and i'm forced to ask: Drugstore... what happened to them? They are best known for their 1998 hit "El President", which is best known because it features vocals by Thom Yorke.

This track comes from the Xfm Charity album "It's a Cool, Cool, Christmas" which is, like all such efforts, a hit and miss affair. Honourable mentions are due to The Eels, Calexico, Snow Patrol, and Belle and Sebastian - each of their tracks were recorded before the bands hit the peak of their fame, and are now interesting curios of what was to come from.

But Drugstore never hit the same heights again, although each of their releases attracted it's fair share of praise. They gave an original track to the Xfm project. (as far as I can tell) and it's a lovely, laconic song. It plays on the traditional themes of homesickness and "Why can't it be Christmas everyday?", offering a chance for redemption and leaving behind the past, without being too sentimental or trite. 

As with all of Drugstore's stuff, the best thing about it is Isabel Monteiro sultry vocals. The instrumentation is virtually non-existent compared to the Spankers at #3, but it suits the song and is exactly as accomplished as it needs to be.

Well worth 3 minutes of your time between now and Friday.

One left, then - it will be up by Christmas Eve.

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