I wasn’t aware of this song in the Seventies. I was just a little kid listening to Donny Osmond and the Jackson Five on AM radio, so I didn’t yet know about amazing British music acts like David Bowie, Roxy Music, or Slade. But when glam-rock band Slade debuted this song in December of 1973, it became an instant classic. It reached Number One for Christmas week in 1973 and stayed there until February 1974. It is Slade’s best-selling single, and was voted the UK’s most popular Christmas song in a 2007 poll.
I know what I want for Chrismas this year – gigantic platform shoes!