Bill Murray meets Phoenix – hear their festive single Alone on Christmas Day

Hear what happened when the comedian and the French band joined David Johansen and Jason Schwartzman to take on a Beach Boys song

The year’s most peculiar Christmas collaboration has been released – French yacht rock giants and comedy legend Bill Murray combining on a cover of the Beach Boys’ Alone on Christmas Day. The track also features Jason Schwartzman and the New York Dolls’ David Johansen, who has a previous seasonal link with Murray, after appearing with him in Scrooged in 1988.

In truth, it’s far more of a Phoenix song than a Murray one – his appearances are brief, and he doesn’t attempt to replicate Beach Boys harmonies, sadly. The song is taken from the Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola, and is released as 7in single and digitally, with proceeds going to Unicef. Have a listen and tell us what you think.

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