I love Christmas No1s and have collected them over the years on 78, vinyl and CD.
Today we head into the 80's
Pink Floyd were my older brothers favourite band so this brings back memories of hearing this coming from his room!
The St Winnifreds School Choir record was hard to find - I think all the Grandmas had thrown them in the rubbish bin after Christmas! I finally found it about 5 years ago.
Although The Human League came from Sheffield, I can't recall having ever met or even seen Phil Oakey around Sheffield in all these years, although the girls used to hang out in the same club as me called 'the Limit' in the early 80's and Martin Ware had a record shop where I used go to buy records from him . About two years ago I was standing outside a bank in the city centre while Steve went inside to sort out his money. All of a sudden Phil Oakey walked towards me and greeted me with a big 'Hi' hugged me and kissed me on the cheek like he'd known me for years! He then said
'OMG I waven't seen you for years, how've you been keeping?
I realised it was probably a case of mistaken identity (although it would be nice to think that he had recognised me!) but I answered him in the same way - as though I'd known him for years.
'Fine thanks. You?'
"Yeah doing really well. OMG how long has it been since The Limit?" *Blows* "It must be 20/25 years!
"Doesn't time pass! Oh God it's great seeing you again"
"Yeah you too"
To which I got another hug and off he dissappeared down the road!
Steve came out of the bank and I said "you'll never guess what's just happened!"
To this day I have no idea whether I was who he thought I was or not!
Here are the next three songs -
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
St Winnifred's School Choir - There's No-one Quite Like Grandma
The Human League - Don't You Want Me