Monday 19 December 2011

Aidan John Moffat - (Oh What A Night ) Before Christmas

Every now and then a tune comes along that makes you smile, laugh a little, dance and sing....even  make you go back to the old days of taping something off the radio and then pressing pause to make sure you can note the lyrics.

Ladies and gents, Aidan John Moffat of Arab Strap fame has come up with the Christmas goodies with the release of his Christmas EP Oh! What A Not So Silent Night Before Christmas.

i was only alerted to this bandcamp release via The Sunday Times Culture magazine - always good for 'hottest downloads.' It is a self release via bandcamp. If only a record label had released this and put some money into a video, it would be amazing.

The lead track is amazing enough, Aidan singing over a sample of the Frankie Valli classic 'Oh What A Night', staple of many a fine wedding. 

To take such a recogniseable piano riff and tune and take it to somewhere completely different...and I mean COMPLETELY different, takes some doing. It is a piece of piss for Moffat though. This guy is prolific, his imagination, lifestyle and way with words lead to a seemingly endless supply of songs.

Listen to this, please. It is total genius as Aidan is woken by a pissed up Santa and 

Some sample lyrics.....

the children pretended to sleep in their beds, 
with visions of consoles and phones in their heads
while Mum was in latex flexing her lip, a little abuse always helps us both kip

his cheeks were quite ruddy, his nose like a cherry
his eyes were all bloodshot and he reeked of cheap sherry

he has a spectacular massive beer belly
like a homeless cartoon of the santa's on the telly

Santa passes out and Aidan has to sort out the presents himself.

Was it all a dream, an alcoholic stupour? Well leave that to your own imagination.

The rest of the EP? 'Santa Clause is Coming to Town' is a throwaway, the cover of 'Last Christmas' by Wham! is much better, Aidan going for it karaoke style and you believe him.

The EP closes with the title track, a spoken word version of track 1.

My Christmas song of the year, if only this got the press thaT Tim Wheeler and Emmy the Great are getting.


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