Single review: Alan Fletcher & The Pacific Belles – If You Want a Happy Christmas

Musician and actor Alan Fletcher (AKA Dr Karl Kennedy from Australian soap Neighbours) has teamed up with 1940’s jazz trio The Pacific Belles to record and release If You Want a Happy Christmas, a brand new yuletide song just in time for the festive season.

A jaunty, fun and retro tinged mid tempo pop song complete with the traditional Christmassy sleigh bells, If You Want a Happy Christmas is like the illegitimate yet irresistible lovechild of Walking In a Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells.

Starting off with a slow, ‘conversational’ intro sung between Alan and The Pacific Belles, the main section of the song soon kicks in, upping the tempo and excitement. Sung with enthusiasm and a festive aplomb, the song barrels along.

A nice addition which makes If You Want a Happy Christmas stand out a little more from the crowd is the addition of the 1940s-esque three part block harmonies provided by The Pacific Belles. Instead of trying to sound current and modern the single instead has a warming, classic, post-war-innocence kind of vibe. And considering that festive songs only get an airing for a very small portion of the year, the innocent, fun songs that anyone and everyone can enjoy are the types of Christmas songs that tend to have longevity while others fall quickly from memory.

The group also recorded an equally fun and chaotic (in a good way) music video which you can see at the end of this post.

You can get your hands on the single from Amazon and iTunes now! You can keep up to date with Alan Fletcher by following him on Twitter or visiting his official website, and also be sure to visit The Pacific Belles’ official website.

You can also read my 2011 interview with Alan Fletcher here!

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