Candice: I watched an interesting program last night on Christmas singles. There is a big thing in the UK about getting a Christmas number one. Some have been very successful with it over the years and managed to record a Christmas hit which is still being bought and played 30 years plus later.
A few years ago a had the pleasure of meeting Noddy Holder, the man behind “It’s Christmas” in of the most well-known and well sold Christmas records ever ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. Noddy had been presented with a star on the Walk of Stars in Birmingham, the West Midlands equivalent to Hollywood Boulevard (though with less hookers). We coupled his celebration with one of the Christmas events happening in the city, and nearly caused a riot. Noddy knew exactly what that record had done for him, he called it his ‘retirement fund’. And he was happy to pose for photos and shout that famous line as many times as we wanted him to.
Watching this show it demonstrated how the Christmas single had actually been a very clever ploy for certain bands and record companies. This is before the days of X Factor where Simon Cowell just uses it to line his pockets. Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop the Calvary’ wasn’t written to be a Christmas song but by including that one line about, “…wish I could be home for Christmas”. tipped it into that favoured slot.
The same can be said for films, ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’, even ‘Die Hard’ have a Christmas connection, meaning they get bought year on year.
Our book finishes at the Christmas party, with a spectacular entrance by the KOD team and spiked punch. Should this ever make it into a film I can see the pounds rolling in as it gets shown on ITV7 (or some other obscure channel) every year for time immemorial. Not that this was planned at all…
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Candice : I’ve been hanging out with the rich and famous this week. I’ve met a few celebs over the years due my different jobs and you can draw a lot of similarities between them and their lifestyles. The people I have met have come from very different celebrity sets – from one hit wonders to long term famous. Interestingly its often the one hit wonders (or reality celebs) who are the worst for thinking the world owes them a favour (Leona Lewis, any one?) Rather than the jobbing acts who have been around for years are much more aware of the fickle nature of celebrity and acknowledge what their place in the world means. Noddy Holder was lovely, completely aware that he pulled a blinder when he wrote ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and quite happy to shout ‘Merry Christmas’ very loudly for all and sundry.
The chaps I was hanging around with this week have also been around since the ’70’s: The Wurzels. For those of you who don’t know them, they specialise in a type of music called ‘Scrumpy and Western’. They hail from the west country and have been around for years as a comedy act, parodying main stream tracks. They were helping me out with promoting something for my current job and we did have a laugh as they tried to lip sync over and over again to the version of the track we had written.
It made me think about how Phil and I will be when we get our slot at the limelight. For years I’ve been on the periphery with my dabbling in TV work (another interesting bunch, the more famous the actor, the nicer they are) but this is our chance to be front and centre. I’ll have a rider of course – free Mulberry handbag at each venue, LK Bennett shoes etc. And I’ll be wanting my hair and make up done. I do love it when I get that done when I do a period drama.
Phil, well I think he’ll be taking lots of photos (I’ve seen his Flicker account since going to Oz) but I’m not sure if he’ll want to be in too many, being shy. But he has got previous of interviews and TV so he’ll probably be more comfortable in front of the camera than me, as I am usually playing a character. Rider, I’m not sure, muffins, tea and a railway magazine perhaps?
This time next year, perhaps we’ll be able to answer that question. What would be on yours?
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