Christmas Single of the Week: DZ Deathrays – ‘Lonely This Christmas’

It’s the most importantest singlingest SINGLE OF THE WEEK of the year this week, for come this week’s end the all important crown of Christmas Number One is bestowed upon some bollocks. Except that year it was Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name, that was fucking harsh – like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club.

Ever since that campaign there have been many a campaign to try and combat the vice like grip that X Factor’s inevitable winner’s single has on the position. However, even that’s waning these days as less and less people give a crap. There of course still campaigns doing the rounds, this year’s most popular one being to get ‘Number of the Beast’ by Iron Maiden to the Christmas Top Spot. Good on them, who doesn’t want the bells ringing out with ‘666 the number of beast’.

Check the CAMPAIGN HERE. Though why not go the whole hog, ‘Heretic Anthem’ by Slipknot, or ‘Raining Blood’ by Slayer  (or Jesus Saves to keep it festive). I don’t see why someone couldn’t’ve suggested something by Burzum, or SunnO))), or the entirety Dopesmoker by Sleep. Ah, well, didn’t Cannibal Corpse have a new album out this year?

Anyway, fuck all that, CULTURED VULTURESSINGLE OF THE WEEK, and thus our choice for Christmas number one of course, is DZ Deathrays cover of Mud’s ‘Lonely This Christmas’. A track that takes the almost comic woe of the original and genuinely pains its way through the heartache of the song making use a slow building and broken melancholy before letting loose with feral vocals, trashy as fuck guitars, and clattering rhythms. That’s sorrow right fucking there, and that’s fucking Christmas.

You may recall that we covered Pulled Apart By Horses’ cover of Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’, with which DZ Deathrays’ ‘Lonely This Christmas’ is a split/double-a-side, so if you want you can get both, but the pony we’re betting on is the song that sounds like it would score the introduction to a punk as fuck version of It’s a Wonderful Life.

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