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    • CommentAuthorbiglig
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    Driving home the other night I accidentally tuned into the BBC Radio 1 chart show, which I kept listening to because something sounded wrong... Eventually I figured it out: now their chart includes downloads, and this week everyone is downloading Slade and Wizzard and Paul McCartney and Band Aid and Andy Williams and so on to make Christmas Playlists.
    All this reminded me to dig out my own Christmas song playlist. Over the years I've gotten this to the point where it has almost none of the things Radio 1 were reluctantly playing, so I reckon one good push of suggestions from the Whitechapel locals will make it completely interesting.
    I'll offer up one of my favorites to get started: I am a big fan of Marcy Levy (a.k.a. Marcella Detroit), and her version of Santa Baby can be streamed from here.
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    VANDALS-get a gun for christmas, grandpa's last christmas, and hang myself from the tree. quality stuff from a band that is usually generic as hell.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I avoid Christmas music as much as possible, and so the only things on my Christmas playlist are obvious as hell. I'll mention em anyway; A Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, and Better Days by the Goo Goo Dolls... when I want Xmas music I just put those two on repeat for a while then go back to real music.
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    Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas Tunes - every CD. Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas Tunes
    My Favorites are: The twelve Pains of Christmas, We wish you weren't living with us, Yellow Snow, and Sled Zepplin
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra stuff simply because it's usually ridiculous.
    Jethro Tull has a Christmas Album I enjoy...
    ummm...
    Keith Emerson (from The Nice and Emerson Lake & Palmer) has one, very good.
    and I have a Christmas Jazz Piano album that bschory gave me, very good.

    other than that I really hate Christmas music.
    The Bob Rivers stuff is great.
    there are songs here and there that I guess are christmas-y (like the Vandals ones) that I like, but I can't think of any of them off the top of my head.

    Wait, yes I can - Emerson Lake & Palmer's I Believe in Father Christmas. It's a good tune.
    Thats it though.
    ~Ian
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    Tom Lehrer's Xmas carol.
    Anything from Danny Elfman's Nightmare Before Xmas score (for that matter, the score for Die Hard 1 has a christmassy feel...)
    Neglect not the Cthulhu Carols from the HPL Historical Society!
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra stuff simply because it's usually ridiculous.
    Jethro Tull has a Christmas Album I enjoy...
    I agree with this.

    I also listen to a lot of black metal this time of year. Unrelated, but still, just like clockwork! This year has been Farsot, Deathspell Omega, Darkestrah, Watain, and a bunch more I'm lacking the proper memory to discuss.
    Neglect not the Cthulhu Carols from the HPL Historical Society!
    This, I must investigate. Cheers.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007 edited
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    Dunno. Not really in the Christmas spirit at the moment. Can't go wrong with Billy Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and Jul Det' Cool by MC Einar.

    Otherwise this is pretty much it, except "We're All Going to Die" by Malcolm Middleton. Because I'd be very happy if this somehow ends up on some chart.

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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    There is nothing more insidiously evil than those generic Xmass tunes the stores start playing in mid nov. They get stuck in your head. They are awful and the only reason they play them is to suck money out of you. A country in Europe banned then from the workplace except on the 24 and 25th as a health and welfare law.
    Imagine working in some retail hell for 12 hours at a time ,tons of rude people and the same 10 Xmass carols over and over again. Canada and especially the US are the worst for all the consumer crazyness. The sheer mass of Xmass related garbage boggles the mind as well. I am all for spending time with your families and giving gifts but the carols and all the endless wrappings .cards and garbage I can do without.
    • CommentAuthoramp
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    The 8bitpeoples - The 8bits of Christmas

    Yes, Christmas chiptune. I mean what's the point of xmas songs if not to annoy? This one will do the trick.
    The release underneath it is pure genius though.
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    I myself am rather partial to this little ditty.

    Especially as it emphasizes the importance of connecting with those closest to you this season. After all, it's not what we buy for each other that is really important, but the meaning behind the gift.

    When you give the gift of yourself unmediated, you truly capture the spirit of the season.

    Oh, and no, it's not safe for work.
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    I work in retail. We've had Christmas music on since Thanksgiving. The joy it brings me is nearly unbearable.

    I like the song Father Christmas by the Kinks.
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    Oh wow! I love Christmas music so much, and really... I'm sure deep down inside you all do too. C'mon!

    C'mon! Just a little?

    OK so anyway the best Christmas song ever is The Jackson Five's version of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, but after that I'd strongly recommend:

    Low - Just Like Christmas
    James Brown - Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
    Milton Delugg & The Little Eskimos - Hooray For Santa Claus
    Crash Test Dummies - Jingle Bells (kind of a Ukrainian-death-chant version, lots of fun)

    All of Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift For You..." except for that final Christmas message from Phil that kinda makes my skin crawl.

    Any of Johnny Cash's Christmas stuff is guaranteed to be PHENOMENALLY depressing if that's what you're looking for this season.

    All those great Christmas hits that y're all probably pretending to dislike, but especially:

    Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
    Wham - Last Christmas
    Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
    The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
    Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

    Such great songs.

    And for more obscure pop stuff...

    Someone gave me a Christmas CD by a Danish Beatles covers band, where every song is a classic Christmas song fitted perfectly into the exact rhythm, style and structure of a classic Beatles tune. I can only find White Christmas/Ticket To Ride at the moment, but it's all awesome.

    There was some sort of b-list power-pop Christmas supergroup called The Tycoons who did a fantastic song called Every Other December, sung from the perspective of a couple at a Christmas familly gathering, who everyone thinks are going to break-up, but who in fact have fallen back in love, and are secretly expecting a baby, but perhaps that's the only thing that's bringing them back together, so maybe it's not such a great thing.... a fabulously complicated and subtle love song.

    The Damned - There Ain't No Santa Claus is lots of fun too, but doesn't sound too festive. Same with The Eels - Everything's Going To Be Cool This Christmas, which does include the line: "Baby Jesus / Born To Rock".

    Sorry about the long post, but somebody had to take this post seriously. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Someone gave me a Christmas CD by a Danish Beatles covers band, where every song is a classic Christmas song fitted perfectly into the exact rhythm, style and structure of a classic Beatles tune. I can only find White Christmas/Ticket To Ride at the moment, but it's all awesome.


    Apparently we do that with fucking everything. Not all of it good though.

    I did like the danish Cohen covers by a variety of artists though.

    Under Byen's cover of I'm Your Man
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      CommentAuthorRandy74
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007 edited
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    Jesus, it took this long for someone to post this...



    FEAR and the great Lee Ving

    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    "let it snow" and "winter wonderland" were the only ones which made me smile. hearing machinedrum's chopped up "winter wonderbells" this snowy morning was perfect
    http://xlr8r.com/mp3/2007/12/winter-wonderbells

    somewhere out there, a Bad Religion cover of "noel" exists which i've only ever heard once.
    • CommentAuthorratjin
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    The HP Lovecraft Historical Society's A Very Scary Solstice (mentioned above) is pretty much all I listen to. Here's the link to the first album. It's a bit superior, in my mind, to the second, though both are enjoyable.
    http://www.cthulhulives.org/store/store.lasso?1=product&2=4

    Of course, I also rather enjoy the Bowie/Crosby duet "Little Drummer Boy"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKTHvW2JcAA
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      CommentAuthorJoeViturbo
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    A Very Scary Solstice and An Even Scarier Solstice by the HPLHS FTW
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    A country in Europe banned then from the workplace except on the 24 and 25th as a health and welfare law.
    @Unsub: Which country was this exactly? And where did you hear about this?

    Very interesting, if true. I'd definitely like to know more.

    I do indeed work in retail. And the holidays do indeed infuse my days with cheer, let me tell you. Nothing brings out the happiness in people quite like feeling obligated to figure out gifts their loved ones might like, purchase those gifts on time, and plan and execute a big shenanigan about the whole thing, all at the time of year when their circadian rhythms are constantly asking them why they got out of bed that day.

    The phrase "Christmas music" for me is a synonym for a horrible strangled sound in the back of my throat. But "Fairytale of New York" is indeed great.
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      CommentAuthorSvetlana
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
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    Only two Christmas albums I like:

    Mojo Nixon and the Toad Liquors' Horny Holidays
    (includes a great cover of "You're a mean one Mr. Grinch)
    Hawksley Workman's "Almost a Full Moon"
    (A secular Chritsmas album! All lovely tunes about love, friends and family)