Archive for November, 2013


Once upon a time and long, long ago, in a land of unfeasibly wide lapels, sparkly eye-shadow and towering platform soles, the Christmas single was as much a part of the festive season as mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe. Much has changed in the intervening years (fashions included, thankfully) but the bells still ring out for the hit singles of Christmas past. Yes, it may be 40 years since Slade and Wizard fought for the Christmas number one under the unseasonably hot lights of the Top Of The Pops studios [*] — longer yet  since  the Plastic Ono Band wished us Happy Xmas (War is Over) — but Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of tinsel-strewn glam pop to get the party started, now would it?

Which brings us to Christmas eve 2013 and the triumphant return of the Monkey Fingers to the Downs Hotel, Woodingdean. The five festive Fingers will be on top Xmas form and the band will certainly be looking to augment its characteristically eclectic mix of classic British 60s and 70s RnB with a few Christmas pop crackers (whilst hopefully avoiding the more obvious Christmas pop turkeys). So do join Brighton’s premiere 60s and 70s RnB band for some great tunes (with added tinsel and sleigh bells) down at The Downs Hotel, Woodingdean, 24th December, 9pm ’til midnight.

Gawd bless us, every one!

* For those of a tender age: back in 1973 Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody famously beat off Wizard’s I Wish Could Be Christmas Every Day to the top of the pop charts (and the latter had to be content with number 4).