Coldest Night of the Year (Twice As Much [with Vashti Bunyan])

21 JANUARY 1966


The English sike-pop duo Twice as Much recorded the gorgeous track ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ with folk singer Vashti Bunyan in 1966, although it was not released as an album track until 1968. Even then the album (‘That’s All’) bombed. This song deserved much better.

One of the great things about this period in music history is going back to discover the massive amount of genuinely good songs that you never hear now because they failed to chart, for one reason or other. Maybe it was bad marketing, bad timing, muddy production, whatever. Songs that, if they were re-recorded by a mainstream artist now, would probably sell a million.

This song was written by Mann and Wiel (‘On Broadway’, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’) and deserved a wider audience. Vashti’s vocal performance is what makes this recording so good, although she had zero success as an artist until being ‘rediscovered’ in the 2000s.

Coldest Night of the Year (Twice As Much [with Vashti Bunyan])

'Baby baby it’s late and you’d better go,
It’s after three
Honey please have a heart, just look at that snow,
Take pity on me.
I can hear that north wind blowing,
And the fire is oh so warm
Well I know you should be going,
But how can I send you out in that storm

Baby its cold out there, and it’s getting colder
Baby it’s cold out there, getting colder
Matter of fact better cuddle up here
It’s the coldest night of the year

Baby baby I know if you wanted to,
You’d brave the snow
But I haven’t been well I might catch the flu
Or a cold in my nose
Lets snuggle close together
While the whole world turns to ice
Just the victims of the weather
Sending you home now just wouldn’t be nice

Baby its cold out there, and it’s getting colder
Baby it’s cold out there, getting colder
Matter of fact better cuddle up here
It’s the coldest night of the year
Ok? Why not...'