This Pet Shop Boys style cover of ‘Last Christmas’ is the tits

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By Alex

Here’s some fun pop trivia. The Pet Shop Boys had a Christmas number one back in 1987 with their cover of ‘Always On My Mind’, a country song from 1972 that is definitely not a Christmas song. Wham!, on the other hand, produced one of the best-loved Christmas songs of all time, but never hit the top spot. They were kept at bay by Band Aid with their charity single ‘Do They Know Its Christmas?’, for which Wham! also provided vocals. At the time of writing, Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ has never been number one, a minor festive tragedy given that it’s surely one of the best Christmas songs ever written.

Wham! and Pet Shop Boys both have claims to Christmas fame, but now the two can share the festive glory thanks to this PSB-flavoured cover of ‘Last Christmas’ by Brighton-based musicians James Cronin and Shonalika.

Cronin’s reworking of the Christmas classic features several Pet Shop Boys staples, such as the horn stabs made famous by ‘Always On My Mind’ along with its high-tempo samba beat. But most recognisable is the spoken word intro, a homage to the band’s debut single ‘West End Girls’. The deadpan style works surprisingly well coupled with George Michael’s melancholy lyrics, while Shonalika sings the rest of the track accompanied by a familiar synth arrangement and some sleigh bells for good measure.

‘Last Christmas’ has been covered many, many, times before, but never quite like this. Infused with some Pet Shop Boys sparkle, Cronin and Shonalika’s cover makes for essential Christmas listening.

@alexsnorris

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