Top 5 Bestest Festive Film moments – a Christmas Special from M&S HQ


Sorry, a simpler Simple Simon salutation you will never see, but effectively festive I’m sure you’ll agree.

O hai Santa! For Christmas I would like one low rent couplet please! Christmas came early kids, well happy with that. So happy in fact I might just sit back a moment and bask in the hot-like-lava glow that burns from the fireplace of my genius… Seems the moment has passed. Fleeting and futile. Much like my prep school performance of an infant ‘Inn keeper’, which ran disastrously, and thusly…

Act II, Scene II: Bethlehem. Enter stage left – Mary and Joseph.

(Joseph knocks at the door of the final Inn)

Joseph: “We have travelled many miles and are hungry and tired. My wife is heavy with child. Is there no room for us at your inn?”

Me: (nervous silence) “…There…Room… No… (wets self) sleep with the monkey in a barn?” (deafening silence)

…I never trod the boards again.

A rare and beautiful talent cut down before it blossomed. Clip was a total keeper for the VHS mind, kept Beadle in work for 15 years and me in Kicker’s throughout high school. Lesson: Repeated, ritualised humiliation on prime time TV is a total money-maker – can’t sniff at 250 sheets just for wetting your seven year-old-self in front of an audience of millions. Probably don’t want to sniff my school trousers though.

Such scenes are common place at this time of year, but no domestic disaster, no in-law inflicted incident can hold a Christmas-scented candle to these scenes of seasonal silliness, my Top 5 All Time Greatest Most Bestest Noel Movie Magic Moments:

5. The Muppets’ Christmas Carol – ‘Kid Gets Smashed In Face, Starts A Rumble’

Okay, I could quite happily post every single second of this film, it is absolutely the best Christmas movie ever, but for the purposes of the LOLZ, 1:59 in of this banger, ‘It Feels Like Christmas’, takes some beating. Literally. Absolute sparko. Keep an eye out for the two carol-ers, bottom right. Amazing.

4. Home Alone – ‘Kevin BB-Blasts Harry and Marv’

Another classic, and again; So. Many. multiple. Highlights. All of these are golden but for me, you can’t beat gangsta gunnage to the goolies – very special. Though for everyone ever forced to share beds with leaky cousins (or me), the sheer sinisterness of this scene is quite chilling.

3. Scrooged – ‘It’s a Toaster!’

Murray; a mighty fine man, a masterclass performance. PWND by the Fairy of Christmas Present.

2. Trading Places – ‘Which You Might Find In A Bacon and Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich’

I am a HUGE fan of eighties Eddie. Seriously, I swear I dropped a .1 at uni trading revision for RAW. This is perhaps not my favourite from the film (those have rude words in them) but this clip demonstrates perfectly Murphy’s knowing, bad-boy relationship with the audience with the best ‘look to camera’ ever committed to celluloid – and it is genuinely an increds feel good Holiday movie, I urge you to give it a viewing.

1. Elf – ‘You Did it!/Santa’s Coming!/Throne of Lies!’

A hat-trick of Ferrell hilarity. GET. INVOLVED. BUDDY.

I like to think that in the course of the single year since the release of Sigh No More The Sons have enjoyed something akin to the joy and excitement of waking on Christmas morning every single day: from shifting serious numbers of shiny discs and digital megabits, to selling out tours across continents and reaching more ears and finding more fans than they could have ever imagined, every second has been spectacular and owes as much to your belief in the band as the music itself. Humbled and indebted.

Have a very Merry Christmas, a wonderful New Year and I’ll see you all on the other side of the snow…



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  1. says:

    hi i just had a very close friend of mine pass away in a gas explosion, he was19 yrs old. before he died he begged me to learn your music so that i could sing w/ him in the car . he loved you guys so much. they played your music at his funeral and there were 1000s of people there. Before he died he talked about all of us geting together and going to a concert.i was wondering when you would be coming anywhere near Philadelphia so that we can all come see you. please if you can let me know thank u

  2. lavaallure says:

    Please come to Colorado USA when you guys are on tour! You guys made me fall in love with music again, and reminded me why we need it. You guys are also the first band in an incredibly long time that I’ve even bothered to check tour dates for. Please try and come to Colorado. I love your guys’ music, its genuine. Thank you for it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really hoping you come back to Canada soon! I feel foolish…but I “bought” tickets to your concert in Toronto online and made the STUPID mistake of paying before I got the tickets. Needless to say I was a little too trusting and not only did I not get to see your concert…but also lost $150! Anyways…I can’t wait until you come back to Canada (and I hope it is soon!) so that I can get tickets right when they come out and ACTUALLY get to see you! I truly love your music…amazing harmonies!

  4. brighteyes101 says:

    You should really come back to Minnesota! I can’t even explain your music. It’s too good. My whole family love you guys and totally want to see you live. Your folky, acoustic mix is just my cup of tea. Hope to see you in Minnesota so i can totally tweak at your concert. But a calm tweak.

  5. chiara.g says:

    Loved you guys since the first time I heard your music.
    But I have to say i’m disappointed. You guys toured the US last year and did not come to Florida. You guys are having some shows and festivals this year and you still have not added Florida. Come to South Florida PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pieabrosmama says:

    Come to the States-specifically come to REDROCKS in the Colorado mountains!! Would love to see you live!!

  7. stallingsfour says:

    ok, so today I just heard your music for the first time, now I can’t get your songs out of my head and I got your CD right away- PLEASE come to Pennsylvania!!! -Gettysburg Folk Festival, Harrisburg, Hershey, you pick- PLEASE!!!

  8. MsShel says:

    Please come to Australia, Easter 2012 (I know you’re playing in the US in 2011 at this time) and play our National Folk Festival in Canberra. Please?

  9. Anonymous says:

    please do not dicard this entry. I have ideas for an awsome video. please contact me at, I am a low budget director, but i have a great idea for one of your songs. Please contact me. This could be good!? give me a chance.

  10. obe1canobee says:

    Love your music! You really really need to come perform at The Ritz in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida!:) Perfect venue and close to us!:) HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

  11. gregtaylor says:

    A band playing incredible music with uncommon instrumentations, and who call themselves Gentlemen. I’m happy to join.

  12. ynot says:

    An Idea. Not sure if you have done this or not but here goes: At an appropriate venue, during Winter Winds when the Horn kicks in, have the artist that’s playing it discretely positioned in the crowd towards the back of the venue, security present of course, then have the lights drop from the stage and shine on them for a few seconds…. not sure if the details could be worked out but would really accentuate that part of the song and send the crowd over the top…

  13. Kat87 says:

    Absolutely love ya’ll music! Heard you guys last year at Bonnaroo and was hoping you would make it back this year?? You were most definitely one of the BEST concerts of the summer!

  14. nelly.shmorhun says:

    i reallly love all your music…it speaks to me!!! please come to Paris again, i was supposed to go but in the end could not make it!!!!!!!!!!!! please come to anywhere around Switzerland!!!!!!!! seriously people would love to hear your incredbile music

  15. cangelicbeau says:

    Hold on to what you believe on itunes PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!

  16. peacelady11 says:

    So yea. You guys should come to the states and do a whole tour! Love your music…hits my soul and have been doing some great emotional dancing. I would give anything to see you guys live! I can’t get enough of you!

  17. ReeSki82 says:

    question. found a video on “vimeo” for “dance, dance, dance” love it. tried to find it to download…no go. do you know where i can find it? absolutely dig it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love the album sigh no more. Unfortunately because I live in the U.S. I can’t purchase the bonus track “hold on to what you believe”. Is there any way of getting around this? It’s a great song, but obviously it didn’t come with my purchase of the album. Are you guys going to release that song in the U.S.? Hopefully I’ll get to see you guys play if you get a chance to come to Northern California on your next U.S. trip. Take care.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sadly I did not get a chance to see M&S live last year. I had such a bad time last year and im glad to see the back of it. Im determined to make the most of this year and seeing M&S live is at the top of my agenda. Just need some live dates. If they are gracing the stage at Reading festival again Ill be over the moon as I literally live next door to it.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I usually don’t beg…but please please please please come to North Carolina sometime! :D You guys are seriously incredible

  21. zenobia says:

    Really want to see you gentlemen! Arkansas and camping are not my cup of tea in the summertime. Hope you can come someplace nearer to St. Louis, MO.

    Some of the best music all round that I have heard in a long time. And I have been around awhile (56 yrs.) .

    God bless