The Darkness almost topped the chart with this, er, seminal Yuletide classic.
“After an intense year we were actually taking some time out, but then we were summoned back to do promotional work because in the midweek chart our song was Number One. We thought, ‘Oh fuck, do we have to?’ Back we came, we did some more work, then it didn’t go to Number One, so we fucked off back on holiday. It would’ve been a nice tokenistic victory but ultimately it’s still one of those songs that’s important to a lot of people’s Christmases. It was supposed to be a bit of fun and sentimentality, but then it also had stuff about bell ends and ring pieces in it, which people seemed to appreciate. Even if some people don’t think about The Darkness at any other time of year, they certainly do at Christmas, and that’s a great thing. The song has done its job.”