Jon Bon Jovi has released a new cover of The Pogues’ 1987 classic, Fairytale Of New York… and it’s getting the dragging of its life.

The duet, sung by himself, is apparently part of a three-track release titled A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas and even attempts an Irish accent in some lines.

The original, sung by Pogues’ frontman Shane McGowan and Kirsty McColl, features on the band’s third album, If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

Nick Cave described it as “the greatest Christmas song ever written”, adding that “it is a magnificent gift to the outcast, the unlucky and the broken-hearted.”

The same can’t be said for Jon Bon, with comments such as “you give Christmas songs a bad name” on YouTube.

Others included: “If 2020 was a Christmas song” and “Sweet Jesus. He has absolutely murdered it. That’s appalling” and “He pronounces ‘Galway’ as if he’s only ever seen it written down, and never actually heard the song he’s covering.”

And this absolute belter:


“Everybody involved in the production of this should be tried at the Hague for crimes against humanity.  This is a reprehensible and unjustified attack on music, Christmas, the Irish and all that is right with the world.”

Steve Lillywhite, who produced the Pogues’ version and was married to MacColl at the time, tweeted it was “The worst ever version of this song. Sorry Jon … embarrassing and pointless.”

Jon also replaced the controversial line, “you cheap lousy f****t” with “you’ve lost all your swagger.”

Check it out for yourself here –


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