Seasonal salutations. Here at Auld Speak we pride ourselves with our goodwill to all men, I even bought a Big Issue from one of those foreign folks, so with that in mind here is our Christmas present to you.
Christmas is a time where you can indulge in your guilty pleasures in the safety of your own home, or a Heathrow terminal, whatever takes your fancy and not even music is safe from this tinsel and turkey terror. Wham! and Mariah Carey are wheeled out every year to soundtrack your christmas dinner and then you get the treat of dancing awkwardly with your eldest relative to Shakin’ Stevens and Elton John trying desperately not to accidently break them.
Spare a thought though for the Godfather of Soul. James Brown died 4 years ago on Christmas Day, throughout his career he released a number of Christmas songs that were brought together in this compilation ‘Funky Christmas’. It is a horrendously overlooked album during Christmas time and has some real festive funk going on in it. ‘Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto’ is also one of the best titles for a Christmas song that I’ve ever heard.
Some people dream of a White Christmas and others worry about a Blue Christmas, but there is nothing quite like a Brown Christmas. So add some funk to your festivities and some soul to your holiday season with the undisputed King of soul music.
Move the fuck over George Michael, this is James Brown’s time to shine.