As we’ve established already, by 1988, Erasure clearly knew what they were doing. After the abysmal failure of Wonderland (1986), they had entered the charts with style in 1987 with The Circus, and recorded their first pop masterpiece in 1988 with The Innocents.
So on the run up to Christmas, they released a special EP, Crackers International. If you ignore the lead track, a frankly pretty poor song called Stop! you still get four good tracks, including The Hardest Part, which probably should have been the first track, and Knocking on Your Door, which is fun if forgettable.
Then come the proper Christmas songs. A brilliantly evocative song about loneliness and adulthood called She Won’t Be Home, and, hidden away on the limited edition second 12″, this truly haunting version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, at number three on our Christmas countdown: