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The Couch?! Rocks around the Christmas tree


Merry Christmas
You won’t find the Couch?! in the Scrooge camp when it comes to a bit of festive frivolity, but news of the latest novelty Christmas song hoping to get us flocking to record shops provoked a spontaneous “Bah Humbug!”

It seems that a flock of singing sheep are hoping for pop glory with their version of Jingle Bells.

The Lake District’s “Baarmy Sheep” (no, we are not making this up) hope their take on the festive song will beat rival The Crazy Frog, which is also releasing a rendition of Jingle Bells.

The brains behind the Baarmy Sheep is 27-year-old record producer Charley Darbishire, who recorded the bleatings of sheep from a friend’s farm in and mixed them with Jingle Bells to create the hit.

The sheep are of course following (as they do) in a fine Christmas tradition of novelty tracks.

The Couch?! team has come up with its own flock of unforgettable (no matter how we try) festive No 1s.

* WARNING: The titles of these songs may provoke incessant humming. The Couch?! accepts no responsibility for the resulting mental or aural anguish caused to you, colleagues or loved ones.

  • Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby (1993)

  • There’s No One Quite Like Grandma – St Winefride’s School Choir (1980)

  • Can We Fix It – Bob the Builder (2000)

  • Save your Love – Renee and Renato (1982)

  • Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) – Benny Hill (1971)

  • Long Haired Lover from Liverpool – Little Jimmy Osmond (1972)

  • Telletubbies Say Eh-Oh! – Teletubbies (1997)

  • Lily The Pink – Scaffold (1968)

  • Mistletoe And Wine – Cliff Richard (1988)

  • When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis (1976)

What gets you rocking around the Christmas tree? Share your festive favourites by posting a comment below.

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