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December 18, 2007

I just read in the Guardian that the BBC is censoring the Pogues’ Christmas song “Fairytale of New York,” apparently for the first time (it was a hit in both 1987 and 1991, and is a perennial favorite on British radio in December). And, to be fair, it does contain a couple of drunks breaking up spectacularly on Christmas eve, culminating in Kirsty MacColl calling Shane MacGowan a “cheap lousy faggot” and ending with one of my favorite lines in any holiday tune: “Merry Christmas your ass, I pray God it’s our last.” And yet, it really is a great Christmas song.

So, just to spite censors everywhere, here’s the video from back in 1987. The only really offensive thing is Shane MacGowan’s teeth. Enjoy:

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