“Plastic Christmas” – The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams

4 stars (out of 5)

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Rubettes ScrollerOk, how about this to create a bit of a festive mood? The Rubettes featuring Alan Williams have just released a Christmas single. They were one of the few high profile acts in the early seventies not to score a Christmas hit before the bottom dropped out of that particular market, so they’ve missed out on all the repeat plays that the likes of Wizzard, Slade, Mud and Showaddywaddy get every year on local radio, shops, bars and clubs. So they’ve done something about it.

They’ve reworked Plastic Bertrand’s “Ça Plane Pour Moi” (with full writer approval) as a Christmas song and put together some visuals for it full of cute animals and Christmas images. It’s either a work of genius or totally cynical media manipulation; maybe it’s both, but it’s brilliant. They even manage to sneak in a reference to their massive seventies hit “Sugar Baby Love”. It’s top Christmas fun and you really should have a look at it here: