Buckets Of Moonbeams’ Festive Five: 4) Jesus Christ by Big Star

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Not your traditional logs on the fire, gifts ‘neath the tree, snow a-falling Christmas song then. It wasn’t a hit… it wasn’t even released until nigh on half a decade after it was recorded. And even then barely a soul heard it.

Further down the line, Big Star are a big(ger) deal, as is their album Third/Sister Lovers from whence this track came. It’s a ram shackle affair (to be expected at this junction in the band’s career) that mixes Anglophile guitars with southern fried Memphis horns over the top of which lead ‘Star Alex Chilton strains to sing “Jesus Christ was born today, Jesus Christ was born”.

And after all, that’s what it’s all about… right?

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