Event #18: "2017 in Review" 19 Dec 2017 • Host: Matt Andrews

Our final Off The Record of 2017 saw us pass the mic to the group for you to share the music you most enjoyed in 2017. Rather than listening to a whole album, the night was made up of individual tracks from the group’s favourite albums released this year.

We enjoyed another musical quiz, with questions below:

Question 1

Q: How many Christmas-themed songs has Cliff Richard reached the UK top 10 with?

A: Four. They were:

  • 21st Century Christmas (#2 in 2006)
  • Millennium Prayer (#1 in 1999)
  • Mistletoe & Wine (#1 in 1988)
  • Saviour’s Day (#1 in 1990)
Question 2

Q: How many times has Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” been released?

A: Four: in 1984, 1989, 2004 and 2014.

Question 3

Q: Chris Rea was famously “driving home for Christmas” in 1988. But which of these cars was the highest-selling in the UK during the 80s?

A: Ford Escort. It sold 1.6m in the 1980s.

Question 4

Q: True or False? Shane MacGowan of the Pogues initially recorded both the male and female vocals for Fairytale Of New York himself until they came across Kirsty MacColl.

A: True. There’s a demo somewhere!

Question 5

Q: In 1971 John and Yoko sang “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” about the Vietnam war. But how many more years did they have to wait until war was, indeed, over?

Four years. The Vietnam war ended in April 1975

Question 6

Q: Jimmy Boyd recorded “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1952 at the age of 13. What was the divorce rate that year in America?

A: 25%. It’s unclear what proportion of this was down to adultery with Santa.

Question 7

Q: True or False? The song “Silent Night” was declared an “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO in 2011.

A: True. Another item on the same list is the Belgian tradition of shrimp fishing on horseback.

Question 8

Q: “Walking in the Air” was recorded for the 1982 movie The Snowman. But what was the name of the fictional boy who sings it?

A: James. Also, there’s a David Bowie intro to the Snowman and it’s amazing.

Question 9

Q: Paul McCartney released “Wonderful Christmastime” in 1979. What was the terrible name of the accompanying B-side?

  • Drum All Ye Faithful
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae
  • Little Drum’n’bass Boy
  • God Rock Ye Merry Gentlemen

A: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae.

Question 10

Q: How much in royalties is Mariah Carey estimated to have made from “All I Want For Christmas Is You”?

A: $60m: the 11th best-selling single of all time.

Question 11

Q: In the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”, what is the seventh item?

A: 7 Swans a-Swimming

Question 12

Q: In 2009, Rage Against The Machine got the Christmas Number One with “Killing In The Name Of”. How many times does the uncensored version of the song include the word “fuck”?

A: 17

Question 13

Q: True or False: Actor Neil Morrissey has had more #1 singles than Morrissey from the Smiths?

A: True (Neil Morrissey recorded the Bob The Builder Christmas #1 in 2000)


There was a huge list of music nominated by pretty much everyone in the room (18 festive music lovers) – thanks to all of you. The playlist is below – some fantastic music from the last twelve months (and beyond).

Spotify playlist of songs

See above to see who nominated each song which matched our theme, "2017 in Review".