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"Not happy about this, one of the greatest songs of all time"

A BBC radio presenter has reignited the debate about The Pogues' classic hit 'Fairytale of New Yo...

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18.14 5 Dec 2019


"Not happy about this, one of the greatest songs of all time"


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18.14 5 Dec 2019


A BBC radio presenter has reignited the debate about The Pogues' classic hit 'Fairytale of New York' by stating he will not play the song on his show this year.  BBC Radio Solent's Alex Dyke objected to the 1987 song's lyrics, sung by Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl, which see their characters calling each other an "old sl*t on junk" and a "cheap, lousy f******".On his radio show he told listeners that he would not be playing the song as he felt Christmas songs should be about "excited children, toys, Christmas trees, snowy streets, ski lodges, reindeer, wrapping paper, Santa, family, peace on earth and love".  He described 'Fairytale of New York' as a "nasty, nasty song".  Well Tom gave Ivan his take on the contentious issue.


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