Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to. Joining Tim for a special Christmas edition is writer Stephen O’Brien, who’s brought along some little-heard eighties Christmas Singles including Hokey Cokey by The Snowmen, Jingle Bells Laughing All The Way by The Hysterics, What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors by Dennis Waterman and George Cole, Oh Blimey It’s Christmas by Frank Sidebottom, Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC, Old Fashioned Christmas by Anne Charleston And Ian Smith, and Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II, not to mention Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s stilted stately home natter, Boris Gardiner’s mercifully forgotten third single, and the thorny question of whether Keeping The Dream Alive by Freiheit is a Christmas Single or a load of old twaddle. Along the way we’ll be hearing the World’s Worst Jane Leeves Impression, revealing who wrote and sang the theme tune for The Quatermass Experiment, narrowly avoiding giving the actual official worst Christmas Present possible in the entirety of all history, and finding out how to get accidentally mistaken for an extra in Neighbours.

You can find Stephen’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can get Stephen’s book 80s UK Christmas Singles from the Amazon Kindle Store here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll probably also enjoy Tim’s new book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.


As a special extra Christmas treat for Looks Unfamiliar listeners, here's a compilation of highlights from the archives, with extracts from Christmas-themed podcasts of Christmases past by Tim Worthington, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall and Darrell Maclaine-Jones. A lot of this hasn't been available for years, and a lot of it is still rather funny, so we hope you enjoy it!

Along the way we talk about Now - The Christmas Album, Val Doonican, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, School Fairs, Department Store Grottos, Last-Minute Shopping and Disastrous Office Parties; run down charts of Bad Santas, The Worst Ever Christmas Songs and The Best Ever Christmas Quotes; and listen to bewildering Christmas Singles by Russ Conway, Rotterdam Termination Source, Mr. Christmas, Percy Sugden from Coronation Street and The Count from Sesame Street. We'll also be finding out who Tim thinks is more important than Father Christmas, who Ben suspects might BE Father Christmas, what happened when Phil went carol singing, and what the other tape in Darrell's house was. Not to mention who recorded a song called 'Santa's A Big Fat Fuck'...

You can find more regular editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find tons more Christmassy stuff, including a list of the Best Christmas Presents of 1986 and an in-depth look at the Christmas Special of Rentaghost, in Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.