A Labour MP Made Us A Christmas Playlist And It’s Pretty Good

Some members of parliament actually know about music. Stella Creasy MP tells BuzzFeed about her favourite festive records.

It’s Christmas. So we asked Stella Creasy MP to make us a playlist.

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Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, is probably the only British politician to have written the sleeve notes for a vinyl reissue of a Wedding Present album.

When she’s not winding up Wonga with her campaign against payday loans, Creasy is advertising for researchers with “knowledge of mid and late 90’s indie music”. Basically, she makes it very clear that she Likes Her Music.

Here are her choices for a festive soundtrack – with her comments on why she chose them.


“As the Grinch once said, ‘Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.’ In which case, I hope more food, more relatives and more trying to find the receipt for the goods you need to return will be replaced by more time for family, friends and finding space to remember all that has been good about the last year. These are the songs I hope can help to do that.”

1. The Flaming Lips – “Christmas at the Zoo”

“First, the quirky and slightly psychedelic Flaming Lips…”

2. Saint Etienne - “I Was Born On Christmas Day”

“Then sunny pop from St Etienne…”

3. Eels - “Everything’s Gonna be Cool this Christmas”

“…and the Eels for Christmas morning and opening stockings.”

4. Stevie Wonder - “What Christmas Means To Me”

“Perfection… especially a favourite of my friend Ali who is right about all things Motown.”

5. The Maytals - “Christmas Feeling Ska”

“Ska (a favourite in my office) that no right-minded relative can complain about for awaiting the arrival of relatives and last minute present wrapping.”

6. Snoop Dogg - “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto”

“The genius that is a rap Christmas song from Snoop Dogg.”

7. The Ramones - “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”

“Ramones to silence any bickering about how many roast potatoes each plate gets.”

8. Otis Redding - “Merry Christmas Baby”

“Some Otis with which to serve the Christmas pudding.”

9. Elvis Presley - “If Every Day Was Like Christmas Time”

“Slump in a post lunch fug and doze to Elvis.”

10. She & Him - “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

“I defy anyone not to feel sleepy when you listen to this for the first time.”

11. Tracey Thorn – “Joy”

“Boxing Day requires a dose of the haunting but beautiful voices of Tracey Thorn…”

12. Joni Mitchell – “River”

“…and Joni Mitchell.”

13. Tellison - “Good Luck It’s Christmas”

“For being wistful about 2013, go for the indie sadness of Tellison…”

14. Death Cab For Cutie – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

“…or Death Cab for Cutie.”

15. Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

“And if you want to avoid Boxing Day blues, remember no Christmas would be complete without Kermit, or in this instance Gordon Levitt and Lady Gaga performing at his behest to sing in the New Year for you.”

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