In December 2014, Otway released the EP A John Otway Christma5. Featuring a re-working of his 1980 near-hit DK 50/80 titled OK Father Christmas, Otway teamed up with former collaborator and Grammy award winning producer Steve Birkitt to produce the EP. With a group of fans performing the backing vocals, Otway hoped this new EP would give him a third hit and his first taste of the charts since Bunsen Burner. He also travelled to Iceland with his beloved Sinclair C5 to record the video featuring a pack of huskies and a couple of dancing reindeer. Despite the video being a resounding success with over 100,000 views through facebook and YouTube, the single failed to make an impression on the UK Singles Charts, but it did hit number 16 of the UK Indie Chart - Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure had struck again.
The B-Side Rocking with the Reindeer, was a catchy number written by Murray Torkildsen. The EP was completed with re-workings of live favourite Middle of Winter and The Snowflake Effect.
1. OK Father Christmas 2. The Middle of Winter 3. Rocking with the Reindeer 4. The Snowflake Effect