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Title: Gold, Frankie says and myrrh
Author: Ian Cranna
Source: Smash Hits

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood have tackled a lot of Important Topics already this year ó things like Sex, War and Love. Now they face up to the biggest issue of the lot ó Christmas. Are they for it or against? And why? Holly, Paul, Mark, Ped and Nasher tell all. Words: Ian Cranna. Photo: Peter Ashworth.

Holly

Christmas? Iím basically for it. Oh, deffo (laughs). Itís a good thing.

Where Iíd really like to be is on a beach in the Bahamas but I suppose in a way just because of the holiday value. I think Iíll be at home with my mum and dad in Liverpool. Everyone should be at home really. Iíve got like close family, like brothers and sisters and nephews, and mum and dad, but I donít see many relatives outside that. No doubt Iíll see them this Christmas, a lot of them! (Laughs). Oh, what fun!

No-one goes out on Christmas Day, do they? Everywhereís just desolate and everyoneís at home ó thatís what I donít like about it, the quietness. Itís a very emotional time, Christmas. I donít know why ó it just is.

Best and worst Christmas? The best one I think I got a fab magic set from my mum (laughs). I was very young, about six, something like that. I was very pleased with that. I was pissed off last
Christmas ó or was it the Christmas before? ó because I didnít want to spend another Christmas on the dole, because it can be a bit depressing, so maybe this Christmas Iíll be a bit happier.

The Queenís Speech? If it comes on the television while Iím sitting there in front of it, then possibly Ií ll watch it. I always like to see what sheís wearing! I I mean, they are a source of entertainment, the Royal Family ó I quite buzz off them in that respect.

Favourite carol? I suppose I should say íOh Come All Ye Faithfulí, shouldnít I? But itís íOnce In Royal Davidís Cityí I think. I used to do it in the church choir - that was my solo bit! (Laughs)

New Yearís resolutions? To be a bit more organised, basically. I just create this mess around me! (Laughs).I donít know ó itís just something I have a talent l for, creating disarray!

Paul

I like the presents. And the dinner! Of course Iím for it.

Iíd like to be on a beach somewhere ó I really hate snow. Iíd either like to be in a place where thereís real snow ó because we went skiing at the beginning of the year, the band, and we had a great time ó but Iíd prefer to be with sand, sun and sand.

Iíve got one sister, Monica, who my dad always spends Christmas with, and I tend to spend Christmas with. A lot of my sisters live in America ó they donít come home for Christmas so a family occasion is quite rare. Itís quite a big family but I donít really see them.

My best Christmas I think was when me and my twin sister were about ten and one of my sisters who lives in America ó she lived on an Air Force base over here, so we had an American Christmas and it was really over the top ó it was brilliant. Worst? OhÖ theyíre all bad when youíre drunk and stuck in town and you canít get a bloody cab home, and itís always freezing cold ó thatís the bit I hate.

The Queenís Speech? Itís always playing somewhere in the background but I never take much heed of it. Sorry, Lizzie. They do the job ó I suppose they do it well. I just donít like those hats and those coats they wear.

Favourite carol? I like íSilent Nightí ó I think itís great! (Giggles). And I like íRudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeerí, and íFrosty The Snowmaní ó itís great. Good song. I like that Phil Spector Christmas Album ó itís brilliant.

New Yearís resolutions? I donít need to make any! (Laughs). I just need to break a few! I never keep to them, so whatís the point? Itís too traditional for me, all that rubbish. I canít handle it. All these people ó do you need a New Year to do it?

Mark

Iím all for the getting drunk and getting presents bit! I suppose itís a good time, yeah. Nobody really knows what itís about any more ó they just go out and get drunk, donít they? I think itís a time when everyone can get drunk and get loads of days off work!

Iíll be at home in Liverpool. Thereís about eight of us in the house ó Iíve got a lot of brothers and sisters. I donít see my relatives that much but I have got a lot. One of them will always have a party.

The best Christmas Iíve ever spent would be when I got a bike ó it was called a Dragster, this bike, and everyone was buying Toppers and I had one that was different so I thought it was great. Christmas was better when you were a kid. Worst Christmas? Not last Christmas but the Christmas before ó it was dead boring. It just didnít feel like Christmas, know what I mean?

The Queenís Speech? Nah. More likely be ó what would I be doing then? Is that before the Christmas Top Of The Pops? I turn the telly off after Top Of The Pops, stick some records on. Iím not really bothered about it. Theyíre there and you canít do nothing about them, whether you like them or not. (Sarcastically) I just think theyíre underpaid ó they deserve a lot more money. I donít know how they can live on the pittance they get.

Favourite carol? I suppose itís the one you remember most from school ó that was íSilent Nightí. We used to go round where we used to live and sing Christmas carols with a guitar, me and Nasher. We did! We made loads of money ó we used to start out in about October!

New Yearís resolutions? I donít really make New Yearís resolutions. But I think we might be in New York on New Year so thatí1I be good.

Ped

Iím for Christmas, yeah. Because itís a happy time of the year and everyoneís happy and Iím happy.

I hope to be spending Christmas at home in Liverpool with my family ó mum and dad, sister ó all at home. I have quite a few relatives but I donít usually see them over Christmas Day. Itís usually like in between Christmas and New Year when thereís lots of parties. I usually see them all then. Cards? I always forget to send Christmas cards, or usually Christmas comes and Iíve got about two days before ó I always mess it up!

I donít think Iíve had a bad Christmas. All the Christmases Iíve had have been good for me. Theyíre all good. The most surprising Christmas present when I was younger was when I got a bike. That was about ten years ago. Usually you find out just before what youíve got ó you check all the cupboards upstairs to find the hidden presents. I wasnít expecting this because Iíd checked all the cupboards and you couldnít hide a bike in a little cupboard. Next door had it in! I didnít expect that so it was a good surprise.

The Queenís Speech? No. Iíve never watched the Queenís Speech. Itís not that I donít think Iíd be interested, itís just that Iíve always been out in the pub or something. Iím for them ó I just think itís good to have people like that, rather than just having nothing. I just like to have people you can look at and think, well, royalty. Nothing really deep ó just to have it, I think itís good.

Favourite carol? No. None at all.

New Yearís resolutions? To stop getting drunk, to calm down a bit, because Iím going a bit mad with the other two at the moment. Weíre all a bad influence on each other!

Nasher

Itís good. You get drunk! Nah ó Christmas is a time for giving and receiving. Itís generally the atmosphere that people have got. Everyoneís happy. Thereís not much to be happy about these days and Christmas is an excuse to forget it all.

Christmas dinner and all that? Dead good. Thereís only four of us and three of us still live at home ó my mum, my dad and our kid. Iíve loads of relatives. All the ones you havenít seen since last Christmas all come together ó you all go round to each otherís houses. It used to be great when you were a kid because youíd come back with about a tenner because theyíd all give you money!

Not last Christmas but the year before was the best Christmas Iíve had. I was in the pub for nineteen consecutive nights! Iíve never really had a real bummer of a Christmas. Best Christmas present? Subbuteo. Iíd already had the first edition when I was about eight or nine, and then I got the World Cup one when I was about ten ó the Continental goals and all that ó the spotted polka dot ball.

The Queenís Speech? No! I donít like them. I just think theyíre a waste of time. I wish I could get that much money for doing so little. Being a tourist attraction ó why donít they pay Nelsonís Column?

Favourite carol? íOh Come All Ye Faithful!í What a predictable answer! But you know when they all get dead loud at the end when theyíre all a bit raucous ó itís like all the aunties and uncles who were into going to church and all that used to sing it after Christmas dinner, drunk out of their heads!

New Yearís resolutions? To try and stop smoking. Again. Thatís been my New Yearís resolution for the past three years, but theyíre made to be broken, arenít they?