At a party in Delhi recently, 50-year-old Jyotsna Gokhale told people how she was part of a group aiming to’ Last Christmas’ from Wham! a no 1 worldwide hit “Please listen to it again,” she announced to a somewhat confused audience Gokhale is part of a worldwide group of people who hope to make the song trend every Christmas year – it never did
Growing up in Kanpur in the 80s, she and many like her remember the great times they had with friends and cousins, and “Last Christmas” is part of those memories and wonder years She remembers to the 1984 hit, released that same year as Band Aids “Do They Know It’s Christmas” The late George Michael (GM), who wrote the lyrics and music for “Last Christmas”, was also part of Band Aids charity single to raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia, which included other greats like Bono, Phil Collins , Sting and many more made it to # 1 this year
“Do You Know It’s Christmas”
Last year Gokhale joined the Facebook group Last Christmas for UK number 1 with 7.3k members S Anand from Maharashtra is one of the group administrators helping Tanya Davies who originally started the group in October 2018. 33 year old Anand who is part of about 10 to 15 GM groups due to his “angelic voice”, remembers her own father, who kicked the song out at a young age and whose big loudspeakers echoed with bass “We had a band back then and it had no cover, but I remember playing it many times, ”she says, quoting three other songs that she clearly remembers: ‘Faith’, ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘One More Try’
The Facebook group has mostly UK members, followed by the US and the rest of Europe. Anand’s friends are Justin Bieber fans who can’t understand their passion “I remember when he died on Christmas Day in 2016, my whole body was deaf; I couldn’t believe he wasn’t anymore, ”she says of the irony of losing her icon on a day he sang about
This year there is also an annual international George Michael Tribute on Christmas Day on Facebook where they “hope to set global and national records for most streams of a song in one day for” Last Christmas “”
Today the biggest competition the group has is from “that terrible Mariah Carey song,” as Gokhale puts it, and refers to “All I want for Christmas is you” The Guardian deemed it appropriate to post a “Mariah Carey v Wham! – Who should finally get their festive piece no Get 1? ‘In which two authors cut it out, one says Carey’s song “sounds like it is blessed with the sparkling stardust that seems to fall into its opening notes” and another saying, “George’s tale of woe may be ahead of the game”
Lots of musicians tried the song after that – including Whigfield and Taylor Swift – but fans agree that the GM original really was the best. Gokhale is already playing “Last Christmas” on repeat on Spotify and Apple Music She hopes that it is all in the world too
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