Paul McCartney went through a period of experimental music creation, and somehow, this super popular Christmas song was one of the things that came out of it.
The echoey electronic riff is almost dubby, but somehow seems a bit offkey in pleasant way. The little instrumental intro in particular makes it hard for me to hate this!
A lot of people apparently do, which is fair enough I guess. There’s a load of Christmas songs out there that I get bored of after the first couple of hundred repetitions in the first week of December.
The lyrics are a bit vacuous, but to be honest it can expected from this kind of song. Different rules seem to apply to Christmas songs…
McCartney played literally everything on this, including the drums, bass, keyboards, guitar and synths. Quite impressive really.
The song was released in 1979 as a single and reached number 6 in the U.K. singles chart.
Apparently he makes about $400,000 a year from this song, so I’m sure he has a very merry Christmas…