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By KATHRYN BRADLEY
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Most people don’t wish it could be Christmas every day, despite the lyrics of the popular song that has seemingly been played on repeat since the beginning of November,
And following a month of almost constant rain, you are more likely to be walking through puddles and mud than a winter wonderland of snow.
So it is no surprise then that a tune that features lines about tangled tinsel, faulty fairy lights and losing the end of the sticky tape has been racing up the charts, much to the delight of its Sheringham-based composer.
Matt Stevens, who goes under the pen name of Oscar Foxley, composed the festive love song ‘Christmas Gets Worse Every Year’ and released it with Scottish a cappella group The Other Guys, who he met through an old Gresham’s School friend, on December 5.
The tune, which features Mr Stevens singing about the down sides of Christmas and realising he needs to declare his love for someone special before it is too late, was an instant success. It ranked above established stars Robbie Williams, Bruno Mars and boy band One Direction at number two in the Amazon Download Chart for several days and went straight to number one in the Amazon Classical Download Chart, where it stayed for more than two weeks. Within two hours of it being available for sale on iTunes, it went to number 64 in the main chart. Within a week the song was number nine in the UK Official Independent Singles Chart.
The accompanying music video, released on video sharing website YouTube, which features Mr Stevens singing with the a cappella group, has been viewed by more than 128,000 people.
Mr Stevens, 24, said: “For an original song, the success has been quite amazing. If someone had told us we would be at number nine in the UK charts a week before we would have thought they were crazy.
“Even more heartening though was the positive response people have had to the song. People were getting in touch saying that it was beautiful and had made them cry, and that it was their favourite Christmas song. We never expected to touch so many people.”
Comedian and television present Stephen Fry tweeted about the alternative festive song calling it a “wonderful Christmas song”, and classical composer Eric Whiteacre has also supported it, saying he hoped it would reach Christmas number one.
There was an official congratulation for The Other Guys featuring Oscar Foxley from the Scottish Parliament and there have been reports of an Australian surgeon playing the song while in the operating theatre.
Mr Stevens said a man was even singing the song to himself whilst standing behind his mum in the post office queue in Sheringham, which he said made his mum’s Christmas.
The tune has also been played on Radio 2, as well as other local and commercial stations.
Mr Stevens said: “It is a lovely feeling for a composer to hear their own music on the radio, and to know that somewhere, someone else might be enjoying it at that very moment.”
Mr Stevens is now planning to write more songs for the group and hopes to release a set of songs for Valentine’s Day.
As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.