Stars are one of my favorite indie pop outfits. The Pogues are one of my favorite Celtic punk bands. So in a weird way this cover makes total sense, at least in my eyes. Since we’ve already done some Celtic music on Friday to get you prepared for today, we’re just going the pretty cover route today, instead of doing something full blown.
Stars version is very pretty, but the shambling drunken beauty of the original is gone, replaced with something a bit more septic, with a little more sheen to it.
Still, their take with Torq and Amy going back and forth is quite lovely.
Oh and here’s a video of The Pogues joined by Joe Strummer, David Byrne and Kristy McColl back in 1988. And yes, I know this song is considered a “Christmas” song generally, but you’ll just have to deal with it.