Skip to content
New Music

Rostam – “Fairytale of New York” (The Pogues Cover)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Musician Rostam Batmanglij performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on October 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Did you realize that the Pogues’ chintzy, beloved Christmas classic “Fairytale of New York” turned 30 years old last week? Rostam, who just released a Bob Dylan cover the other day, recorded a new version of the song as part of Spotify’s holiday batch of specially commissioned singles. Other contributions to the series include DMX’s “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer” and Miley Cyrus’s country-pop “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

To your immanent relief or disgust, Rostam’s “Fairytale” is a pretty faithful cover, with an uncredited female singer handling Kirsty MacColl’s part. (Spin has reached out to a representative for Rostam to learn her name and we’ll update if we hear back.) Happy Christmas, your ass—listen below.

Update (December 1): According to Rostam’s representative, the other singer on “Fairytale of New York” is a U.K. singer called COSHA.