Merry Xmas Everybody from The Hours

British band The Hours have produced a music video for the version of the classic Slade track, Merry Xmas Everybody. The video is simply a 4 minutes and 16 second shot of a naked man in a Santa hat (presumably homeless) placing himself on a corner of Wardour Street in Soho, London. Pedestrians pass him by, unaware of the film cameras on the first floor of the building across the road. Occasionally someone drops some money in his dish. The promo ends with the words, “Merry Christmas Everybody from The Hours”.

Naked man begs in The Hours Christmas music video


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Credits

Band members Antony Genn and Martin Slattery were inspired to make the video when they saw a TV advert for Slade’s Greatest Hits, featuring the 1973 song Merry Christmas Everybody. They recorded the song, put it on their MySpace site (December 10) and sought a film director. They approached Tom Carty, based in London, who on listening to the song believed it had something to say about humanity in 2007.

Carty explains, “I thought it would be interesting to put a naked homeless man on the street, purely not knowing what people’s reactions would be. I was hoping that someone might give him a jumper and do something more proactive, but I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t.”

Merry Xmas Everybody was shot in four takes on December 11 by director Tom Carty via Gorgeous Enterprises with director of photography George Steel and producer Helen Littlewood. Post production was done at Absolute Post and The Mill, London. Editor was Ted Guard at The Quarry.

Lyrics for Merry Xmas Everybody

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It’s the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red nosed reindeer?
Does he turn up on his sleigh?
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody’s having fun,
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun.

Are you waiting for the family to arrive?
Are you sure you’ve got the room to spare inside?
Does your Granny always tell you
That the old songs are the best,
Then she’s up and rock ‘n’ rollin’ with the rest…

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody’s having fun,
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun.

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
Are you hoping that the snow will to start to fall?
Do you ride on down the hillside
In a bobby you have made?
When you land upon your head then you’ve been Slade.

So here it is,
Merry Christmas,
Everybody’s having fun,
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun. (x 4)