White vinyl with cardboard cut out and keep nativity scene.
Mince Pies and Brandy Butter, Morecambe And Wise, elves and shelves. Some things were just meant to go together at Christmas. And so it is with The Boy Least Likely To and the holiday song. They go so perfectly together it is as if the Christmas song was a concept thought up especially for them. Songs from their full length album The Boy Least Likely To Christmas Special have become staples of alternative holiday soundtracks and playlists since its release in 2010. Like Christmas itself, the band’s songs are brimming with joy and excitement, at the same time as being undercut with a melancholy and a feeling of sadness, a longing for something absent or seemingly lost.
The band, made up of Peter Hobbs and Jof Owen, met when they were still at school and grew up together in the middle of the English countryside in the small Buckinghamshire village of Wendover. They spent their teenage years scouring countryside car boot sales for rare Dexys seven inches and Lee Hazelwood albums. Reading Carson McCullers, Anne Sexton and Smash Hits magazines. Watching John Hughes films and old videos of Top of the Pops. All the time putting together a collection of weird and wonderful instruments found in second hand shops, craft fairs and the Early Learning Centre. They released their debut album, The Best Party Ever, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. Their song Be Gentle With Me became one of those breakthrough songs that lent itself to a myriad of contexts. With a video starring Rashida Jones, their songs featured in everything from Greys Anatomy to Juno, from Coca Cola to car adverts. With their trademark glockenspiels and banjos, the songs from that first album have remained in the public consciousness through television and film syncs and placements long after the album's release. They were one of the last wave of mid-noughties indie bands who could happily play the Pitchfork stage at SXSW and appear on KEXP at the same time as enjoying mainstream success back home with appearances on Popworld, GMTV and the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
Included here are eight new original songs by the Boy Least Likely To alongside three seasonal cover versions. There are snowflakes and sleigh bells, christmas trees and mistletoe, donkeys and single parents. while George and Andrew imagines George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley reunited to spend a christmas eve together in a cornish pub. All in all, it might just be the best christmas party ever.