Video: Billy Bragg and Florence and the Machine – “Fairytale Of New York” (Live in Session)

Media | By on Dec 24th, 2009

There’s not much going on in the news so I’ll just keep posting videos. Billy Bragg and Florence and the Machine covered the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” in a live session on BBC Radio 1 for the Rob Da Bank show. While it’s always interesting to hear covers of the Pogues, this one could have been a little bit better. I like Billy Bragg’s part of course but not sure I like Florence and the Machine’s part of the song. It lacks a certain emotion I guess? It’s just not the same as Kirsty MacColl singing it with Shane MacGowan. It could be that she was doing it live and reading the lyrics and comes off, kind of boring? I don’t know, you be the judge and watch the clip below:

Billy Bragg, Florence and the Machine version of the song:

Here’s the orginal song by the Pogues:

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