Things We Love This Week: Singing Dogs, Shoplifting Santa, Anti-Xmas Spirit

The biggest of apologies to the purists who only want ‘cool’, ‘good’ and ‘meaningful’ music from this blog. This week we’re going against the grain and featuring some big name pop and rock acts. Simply because it’s Christmas (kinda). Let your hair down.

Robbie Williams

Yep, you are seeing correctly. We are in fact featuring Robbie Williams in this week’s blog, and that’s for two reasons. The first, you’ll be pleased to know, is because we are fully embracing the arrival of Christmas. That’s final. The second is because we physically couldn’t not feature some singing dogs.

As he goes about his family Christmas, the former Take That member’s seriously cute canines have been put under the seasonal spell in his new song Time For Change, winking at the camera, singing along to the choir, and melting our hearts. Did we mention there’s also a giant snow dog?

Williams continues his festive feels at London’s SSE Arena Wembley for Christmas party shows on December 16 and 17, after a set at the London Palladium on November 24 for the Magic Of Christmas event.

Noel Gallagher

Every Christmas needs a comical robbery. That’s how the saying goes, right? In Gallagher Brother No. 1’s new single, Wandering Star, a slightly groggy-looking Santa Claus helps out a shoplifter by hiding her from a supermarket guard.

Later, viewers change their mind about the shoplifter, realising the pressures and difficulties single parents on the breadline might face at this time of year, struggling to afford presents for their children. Director Dan Cadan points us towards raising a glass to, “those less fortunate but equally as deserving”.

Gallagher and the High Flying Birds will open for U2 at their Australian and New Zealand shows later in the year, and they also play an exclusive outdoor London show at Kenwood House next summer for the Heritage Live concert series.


Mabel is not a fan of Christmas. While everyone else is talking about the most wonderful time of the year and enjoying baubles and tinsel with their loved ones, Mabel is all on her own. “Sorry I’m not so merry,” she sings. “Christmas time isn’t my vibe.”

But you do like sleigh bells, classic Christmas chords sequences and that cheesy, glittery sparkle sound, right Mabes? Lyrically, though, Loneliest Time Of Year takes all the tropes and turns them on their head. Listen below.

Mabel will support her debut album, ‘High Expectations’, with a tour in early 2020 and a short run of UK shows next week.


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