The festive classic ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ by Wizzard holds wonderful memories for me. I was a lad of 11 years of age and had a brand new racing bike for Christmas! If I remember correctly too, it also snowed on Christmas day…although that might just have been wishful thinking.
The song was written by lead singer Roy Wood who also has the honour of being the first singing voice to be heard on the Radio 1 when he, and his band The Move, blasted out ‘Flowers in the Rain’. Mr. Wood is also noted as being a founder member of The Electric Light Orchestra, or E.L.O. as they are more commonly known.
Wizzard’s classic festive song has been released 10 times since its original date but has never beaten the number 4 spot. The original video below was filmed in August 1973 and had the air conditioning turned down to its lowest setting to get the Christmas atmosphere just right.
It shows Wizzard, with Wood decked out in festive gear, being joined by a group of schoolchildren from the midlands and joining in with singing and playing toy instruments.
Below is the original video which holds such special memories for me…I wish I was 11 again! Further down, there are different versions from the music world, none of them come even close to the original ‘I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday’ by hairy rockers Wizzard!
Wizzard – I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday
Girls Aloud – I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday
Here we see Girls Aloud bopping away to the festive classic back in 2005 at the Christmas Mania gathering. The group looks pretty happy with themselves but Cheryl Cole looks a little out of place and a little detached from the rest of Girls…or is it just me? I don’t think the song was ever recorded or released…good job!
The Big Reunion – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Available as a digital download, The Big Reunion consisted of British Bands 911, Five, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, B*Witched, Blue, and Honeyz. It was released in 2013 and followed a documentary about the bands, who were big in the ’90s and ’00s, and their Big Reunion. Although it’s a weak version of the song, all proceeds were split between six Text Santa charities: Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.
Leona Lewis – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Taken from Leona Lewis’s Christmas album of 2013, this live version was recorded at the Rockafella Centre Christmas Lights Switch on. It’s an upbeat version, starting slowly but building to a crescendo. I can’t help thinking Leona has tried to do a Maria Carey with this song…the composition is very much in the tone and pace of ‘All I want for Christmas is You‘…but I could be wrong!
Wilson Phillips – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
A fair version of the Christmas Classic from Wilson Phillips. It’s taken from their 2010 album ‘Christmas in Harmony’. The bad news is the video editing of this song…talk about jumping around! I don’t think one shot lasted for more than a couple of seconds? Poor editing indeed!