Having entered December, it is now acceptable to start discussing Christmas. To celebrate this, Impact Music are going to guide you through 25 of the best festive songs ever written. Behind the flap on Day One is The Darkness’ classic ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’, presented to you by Ian.

Kick-starting advent, with both in-your-face guitar playing and fashion sense, it’s The Darkness with ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’. The music video is actually one of the few where the band are not wearing cat suits, which perhaps says something about the commitment The Darkness put in to changing clothes for Christmas season.

Released in 2003, it accompanied the peak of the Darkness’ success with their debut album Permission to Land. The song was the favourite by the bookmakers to take the Christmas #1 position. However, at the last minut,e Gary Jules’ cover of ‘Mad World’ (remember any of this?) pushed them into second, leaving a more solemn and thoughtful Christmas for all.

Ian Fillingham

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