Christmas Music

December 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm (Uncategorized)

A little late, but better than never. Some things which make the holiday  go better.  (In no particular order)

1. Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry’s original, simply because it is the original. However, I do have a soft spot for Keith Richards cover, if only because Keith simply cannot sing, and there’s a certain charm in that.

2. A Christmas Gift for You– AKA The Phil Spector Christmas Album. Scandalously out of print, but for most people’s money, an absolutely marvellous Christmas record. Stand out track: Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please come Home).” 

3. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses. Worth including for the pun alone. Their biggest (non) hit. Clever, quirky, singalong. If you pick up the King Biscuit Boy live Waitresses CD, there’s a great version there too.

4. The Christmas Song– The Raveonettes. The best Christmas song the Jesus and Mary Chain never recorded. Lovely, sweet, dark.

5. The Christmas Tree’s on Fire– Holly Golightly. I love Holly, and this record is for all of us whose decorations are still up at Easter.  

6. I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake. Oh I did, believe me. This song came out when I was 8 or 9. Still makes me cry.

7.  Fairytale of New York– The Pogues with Kirsty McColl. Now who wouldn’t want to spent the holidays with Shane MacGowan? Er, who would? Apparently the most popular Christmas record in Britain of all time.

8. One More Drifter in the Snow – Aimee Mann. I’m a late arrival in appreciating the talents of Ms. Mann, but this holiday CD from 2006 is very fine.

9. Merry Christmas (I don’t wanna fight)– The Ramones. It’s the Ramones. It’s a Christmas song. What more could you want.

10. Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby / David Bowie. Just for the sheer cheese of it.  

Hope yours was good.

PS If anyone knows where I can find the Yobs version of “Silent night” or the Greedies’ “A Merry Jingle”, let me know

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