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    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
    My Own Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2007
    I worried family members last year with my decision to repeatedly play A John Waters Christmas. Will probably do it again this year, for that is what happens when they do not lock up the stereo.

    And, while not a Christmas tune, Banging In the Nails by Tiger Lillies is jolly good fun.
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    @ Miss, God, Banging In The Nails is a great song.

    For all you retail workers, I pity you greatly. The music shop two doors down from where I work has, at present Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, Wham's Last Christmas, John & Yoko's Happy Christmas (War Is Over) and Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime on constant repeat from the speakers outside their store. So, blasting that music onto the pavement. ONLY those four songs AND ONLY 30 seconds of each at a time. It's like the most annoying ADD Christmas mix ever.

    And I still love Christmas music!

    And spare a thought for the poor staff of the stores in Otaru, Japan. Otaru is famous for making intricate glasswork, music boxes and kaleidoscopes, and has dozens of shops selling these ummm... trinkets? And EVERY SINGLE ONE has a different, horrendous music-box-chime-muzak Christmas Mix CD. I cannot imagine that any of the people working in those stores will be anything less than genocidal by the end of the holiday season.
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    Fairytale of New York has already been there. That gets played everyday by me at Christmas.

    Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen is pretty good:

    My other favorite is The 12 Yats of Christmas:
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    Jonathan Coulton - Chiron Beta Prime

    djbc has some nice Christmas mixes / mashups, as well. Hit-or-miss at times, but the hits are lovely.

    Can't believe Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis hasn't been mentioned.

    Louis Armstrong - Cool Yule seems fairly friendly as well. And I'm personally partial to Wesley Willis - Merry Christmas.
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    Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson

    His cover of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is especially good.
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    The Vince Guaraldi Trio's Charlie Brown Christmas Special Soundtrack is a crowd-pleaser. Good jazz and no annoying lyrics to get stuck in your head (other than 'Christmas Time is Here').
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
    Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band - Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Other than that and the canonical Fairytale, I avoid Christmas music except when I want to make a point and annoy someone. In which case it's Christmas Elvis back-to-back.
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    For sheer geeky joy I can heartily recommend Porn Orchard's 'This Holiday Season'.

    It's a song that imagines what might happen if Pete Murphy (of Bauhaus) and Tom Waits collaborated on an Xmas song. It involves reasonably good impressions of the aforementioned legends and some very silly lyrics. Awesome stuff.

    Aside from that I've been working in retail for the last six years so actual Xmas music tends to make me slip into a coma and mutter about wrapping paper and seasonal discounts until people take pity on me and shoot me full of tranquilisers until the holiday period is over.
    • CommentAuthorcragum
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
    personally, i hate all christmas music to death.
    it's probably more because i hear too much of it when i hear it at all: many of the songs are actually quite good, and it takes at least some skill both to write and to preform them. if it weren't for the fact that they're played nonstop for 2 or 3 months in every store ever, i might even enjoy the occasional song.
    that said, when far removed from the flood of other songs, most variations of santa baby are fairly enjoyable.
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    Just listened to Porn Orchard's 'This Holiday Season'. Perfect!!! They hit it right on the head!!!
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
    White Christmas has always made me smile a bit, but just about everything else makes me hit the radio as fast as possible. Oddly enough, this particular Dec. 24 I've had Paint It, Black stuck in my head all day.