The battle for this years’ Christmas number 1 looks set to be between Anglo-Irish folk-punk band The Pogues and German-born former geopolitical consultant Henry Kissinger.
Following the death of Pogues frontman Shane McGowan bookmakers have tipped their classic Christmas hit ‘Fairytale of New York’ to take the coveted top spot. However, following Kissinger’s death earlier this week some experts believe the controversial former US diplomat could top the charts with the re-release of his 1971 novelty hit ‘I’m Carpet-Bombing Cambodia For Christmas’.
‘Its too close to call’ says industry expert Fenton Barnes.
‘Most bookmakers have The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl as favourites but Kissinger seems to be gaining ground, particularly as ‘I’m Carpet-Bombing Cambodia For Christmas’ is getting so much airtime on Radio 2’.
‘‘Fairytale’’ is a stone cold classic, no-one’s disputing that - but many people are looking for something a bit different this year and ‘Carpet-Bombing’ is a bit of a forgotten classic’.
‘It’s so catchy that when you hear Kissinger singing in that Germanic brogue of his ‘This year’s list is a different version, I’m asking Santa for a ground incursion’ you just can’t help but sing along’.
‘I don’t suppose it will do much business in Indochina but you can’t please everyone’.
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