This year I wrote nearly 300 Christmas cards but in solidarity with my Postal Worker comrades I then picketed myself to make sure they didn't get delivered. As a result I got none in return. Instead I am sending this cheery Christmas web link. A bit like Jesus might have done. If he'd have had a computer. And the internet. And not just a donkey. Like Jesus I have compiled a list of all my best You Tube releases and, as he might have done, if he'd been a bit more tedious than he was, I've kept a record of all of their hits on You Tube so I can judge for my own benefit (as literally, NO ONE , else would be the slightest bit interested) which are the more popular with the public each year. For me that's definitely not the sign of a growing insanity of which subject neither me nor my imaginary friend Dave the Talking Squirrel know anything about.
The interesting thing for me is that Top of the chart again is THE PARTISAN SONG...which has 388,679 views. I've always found it heartening that this Red Army marching song played in the style of the Shadows is so popular. However, this year You Tube made it 'restricted'. So I had to put it up again..and the new version only has 56 views. However, this is 30 more than my newest release 'ANOTHER WATERCOLOUR PICTURE' by the Visitors, which only has 26.
Interestingly also making a break into the big time is 'DROP DEAD DARLING' which was released again this year on the CHERRY RED compilation album C85. However, as I did 2 versions of this the 2002 version by the Red Smed band is easily winning on 923 views while the original Sedgemorons version from 1985 is somewhat behind on 636.
This means the Top Ten this year is
- The Partisan Song (Red Smed) 388,679
- Leon Trotsky (Red Smed) 6,897
- Katyusha (Red Smed) 6,696
- Secret Seven (The Dangerous Brothers) 2,252
- Bridgwater (Red Smed) 1,661
- Route 666 (Club Whoopee) 1,587
- Me & My Clone (Me and Cathy) 1,112
- Fat Bald Dave (Me and Cathy) 1,042
- I'm Too Fat to Rock (Red Smed) 959
- Drop Dead Darling (Red Smed) 923
Odd that the top 3 are also possible to mistake for You Tube documentaries or hits by the Red Army Choir, that the next one could be someone searching for Enid Blyton, or a Travel guide to an interesting West Country town. Or that 2 of the top 10 are just me and my daughter with a portastudio in the attic of my old flat on West Quay with me playing all the instruments...Who can explain such a phenomenon. Or. Even be bothered to.
More's to the point, instead of wasting your time on Christmas TV, here's the full list with all the links you'll need to hear them for yourself......