Looks Unfamiliar: Ben Baker – Just Cross That Four Out And Put A Five In

Now - The Christmas Album (Virgin/EMI, 1985) - listen to Ben Baker and Tim Worthington talking about it in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.

Joining Tim for a special Christmas edition is writer, broadcaster and quizmaster Ben Baker, who’s looking back to the original Now – The Christmas Album from 1985, which has been quietly consigned to Christmas Past for all manner of reasons – some of them more ‘problematic’ than others. Along the way we’ll be revealing the identity of ‘The Anti-Tim Song’, debating what we would have put on a second volume, exchanging some very frank opinions on Fairytale Of New York, and unveiling our new foolproof scheme for alluding to now-disgraced celebrities without actually naming them.

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About Ben

Ben Baker is a quizmaster and writer. You can find his website – with details of some of his collections of writing including Christmas Was Better In The 80’s – here, and follow him on Twitter at @benbakerbooks.

Ben Baker is the co-host (with Phil Catterall) of Don’t Let’s Chart, a podcast counting down ridiculous charts and lists of statistics that nobody needed to collate ever, from The Least High Profile Performers At The Royal Variety Performance to The Top Selling Second Hand Pre-Cert Videos. You can find more about Don’t Let’s Chart at Ben’s website here, and follow the show on Twitter at @dontletschart.

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You can read much more about eighties pop music in Tim’s book The Camberwick Green Procrastination Society, a collection of columns and features. The Camberwick Green Procrastination Society is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Some of the stranger Christmas Singles of the eighties – including Oh Blimey It’s Christmas by Frank Sidebottom – were covered in the Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra with Stephen O’Brien, which you can find here.

Ben has been on Looks Unfamiliar as a guest twice (which you can find here and here) and also appeared in another Looks Unfamiliar Extra looking at the show that gave this one its name – cost ITV daytime nostalgia show Looks Familiar – which you can find here.

Further Reading

2 Hours Of Wicked Mixes To Keep You Moving All Night Long is a feature about Now Dance – the first ever Now That’s What I Call Music! spinoff from 1985 – which you can find here.

You Can’t Imagine Summer Without It is a look at Now – The Summer Album, the bizarre follow-up to Now – The Christmas Album; you can find it here.

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