Friday Fall-ies: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Song: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"

Album: John Peel Session, Dec. 1994

Number of other compilations/live albums it appears on: 1

Possible Band Names Derived From Lyrics to This Song: N/A

How-ah many times-ah does MES add his famous suffix-ah: 5 (1 every 42.2 seconds)

Is the entire song just one part repeated over and over again? Nope, there's definitely a distinct chorus, but MES can't exactly take credit for this one.

Thoughts: Mark. E Smith may be a curmudgeon, but even he can get into the holiday spirit. One of the band's two dozen Peel Sessions found them tackling a couple of Christmas standards ("Jingle Bell Rock" was the other) and making them sound like Fall classics. OK, there are no sinister elements here and he even makes an attempt to clean up his singing style (note that low rate of "ah"s above) but it still sounds like no other band but the Fall. Actually, it sort of sounds like the Green Day song "Warning" that would come about seven or so years later. After a full month of the same seasonal songs you've been hearing for years, consider this one a Christmas music palette cleanser. (Also, the video below is obviously just a random person's personal video with the song as a soundtrack, so enjoy the baby footage.)

By David Malitz |  December 26, 2008; 12:14 PM ET Friday Fall-ies
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