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People Absolutely Hate Jon Bon Jovi’s Cover Of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale Of New York’

Jon Bon Jovi recently covered the Pogues’ 1987 Christmas classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ and listeners are, to put it delicately, not pleased.

Bon Jovi’s version, which appears on his new A Bon Jovi Christmas EP, sees the singer handle all the vocal parts himself, despite it being originally a call-and-response duet between the band’s Shane MacGowan and singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. He also very clearly tries his hand at emulating MacGowan’s thick Irish accent… to fairly appalling results.

On YouTube, the song has 1400 “thumbs down” reacts compared to around 500 “thumbs up”, and the comment section is filled with viewers slamming Bon Jovi’s rendition. On Twitter, the reaction’s not much better.

Even Steve Lillywhite, who produced the Pogues’ original version, took to social media to share his thoughts, declaring Bon Jovi’s interpretation “the worst ever version of this song” and calling it an “embarrassing and pointless” endeavour.

While a shoddy cover version is nothing too out of the ordinary, the reverence with which listeners hold the Pogues’ original version may go some of the way in explaining the passionate response.

Earlier this month, while slamming the BBC’s decision to censor some of the original version’s more controversial lyrics, Nick Cave hailed it as “greatest Christmas song ever written”.

Should you feel particularly brave, have a listen and decide for yourself below.

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