Christmas Songs - S&D!!!!

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Search "Troika" or whatever it's called, and that Run DMC one and The Pogues, innit. Destroy Cliff. MORE!

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

search: "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland"

mookieproof (mookieproof), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I just got some fucking mad version of "Troika" off SLSK. it's by Keith Emerson. I amy never celebrate Xmas again.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

search the Phil Spector Xmas album, Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" and De La Soul's "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa"

M Matos (M Matos), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

S: Ramones - "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)"
Vibrolux - "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Chieftains w/ Elvis Costello - "St. Stephen's Day Murders"
Centro-Matic - "Fuselage (It's Starting To Look Like Christmas Again)"
(actually, pretty much all of the Idol Records Electric Ornaments compilation is good to great, if you like North Texas local bands - Deathray Davies, Centro-Matic, Vibrolux, the Mag Seven - but I doubt it's still available)

D: most "traditional" Christmas music

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Lou Rawls - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
anything by Sandler & Young

Bryan (Bryan), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm a sentimental coot, but Vince Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown Christmas" and the John Lennon song (as well as the Pogues) get the "S".

D: McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" and that George Michael monstrosity.

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fear - Fxxk Christmas

Nate (Nate), Friday, 28 November 2003 22:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Shit, Nate beat me to it.

"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" by the Damned.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 28 November 2003 23:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No Doubt's "Oi To The World" cover is fun.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 28 November 2003 23:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Cocteau Twins "Frosty the Snowman", haha!

David A. (Davant), Friday, 28 November 2003 23:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pogues/MacColl seconded, of course.

David A. (Davant), Friday, 28 November 2003 23:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Roches - "Winter Wonderland," complete with Brooklyn accents!

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Saturday, 29 November 2003 00:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the pogues thirded
that "all i want for christmas is you" one
the low christmas album

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Saturday, 29 November 2003 00:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'that "all i want for christmas is you" one'

the one by mariah carey. gorgeous song. love "last christmas" by wham as well.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Saturday, 29 November 2003 00:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the flaming lips have a heartwarming one called "christmas at the zoo" as well.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Saturday, 29 November 2003 00:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Fall, "No Christmas For John Quays"

I think Kindercore released a Christmas cd a few years ago--original songs by K-core artists...

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Saturday, 29 November 2003 01:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'zat you, santa claus? - RJG plays

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 29 November 2003 01:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

S: Low Christmas EP, Flaming Lips' White Christmas, Radiohead's Walking in a winter wonderland and the White Stripes' Christmas EP

D: 'novelty' Christmas songs, Mr Blobby, etc

jellybean (jellybean), Saturday, 29 November 2003 01:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

man, why hasn't anyone mentioned the beach boys yet?!

Also S: The cover of Mud's "Lonely This Christmas" my mate Feedle did. It's truly beautiful!

dog latin (dog latin), Saturday, 29 November 2003 01:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Wedding Present - "No Christmas"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 29 November 2003 03:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
Best Christmas song ever made. So wonderful, so cheesy and so everything wonderful about them. Probably ranks one higher then Go Go's Vacation in my all time list.
Pogues - Fairytale of New York. Or whatever the hell its called, you know the song.
Henry Rollins reading The Night Before Christmas
The Swans (or was it Doves, I always get those names mixed up for some gawdawful reason) - So This Is Christmas
Elvis - Blue Christmas
Jill Sobule - Merry Christmas From The Family
Carolyn Mark & Her Room-Mates - Something that resembles 'The Christmas Song'

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Saturday, 29 November 2003 03:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search : Ray Charles - That Spirit of Christmas

brian, Saturday, 29 November 2003 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Elastica - "I Wanna Be A King Of Orient Aah"
Weddings Parties Anything's grumpy rendition of "Jolly Old Christmas Time"

Poppy (poppy), Saturday, 29 November 2003 08:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

those are search obviously, also search: Dolly Parton's Xmas album
Destroy: Amy Grant's Xmas album

Poppy (poppy), Saturday, 29 November 2003 08:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: "Merry Christmas (War Is over)"

cis (cis), Saturday, 29 November 2003 10:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the yobs - oy santa

and the rest of their christmas album.

brian badword (badwords), Saturday, 29 November 2003 10:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Vitesse: "The Last Days of December"
Can: "Silent Night"
Mark Mothersbaugh: Joyeux Mutato

Mr. Noodles -- "Christmas Wrapping" OTM.

quickie holiday records by big artists recorded solely so that they'll have some new product in the shops during the December shopping season (way too many to list)

d.w., Saturday, 29 November 2003 11:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If I never, ever, ever, ever heard the following sung by any artist....again, I'd be a much happier reindeer:

1. "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
2. "Frosty the Snowman"
3. "Jingle Fuckin' Bells"

I especially loathe scat-splattered jazzy renderings of Christmas songs as well. Makes me want to shave my head, speak nothing but backwards Latin, become a full thelemite and go live in Bolskine House on Loch Ness.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 29 November 2003 11:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

paul mccartney - rudolph the red-nosed reggae

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 29 November 2003 11:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like most of the big Christmas tunes. I am a Christmas rockist and hate records which 'subvert' Christmas or show its 'dark side' though. And Alex in NYC has a rare encounter with 'the money' when it comes to jazzy versions.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Saturday, 29 November 2003 11:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 29 November 2003 12:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've always liked Father Christmas by the Kinks.

weather!ngda1eson, Saturday, 29 November 2003 12:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search - Helen Love, "The Happiest Time of the Year"
Josh Rouse, "Christmas with Jesus"
Simon & Garfunkel, "Silent Night"
Pogues and Low fourthed and thirded, respectively.

Ben Dot (1977), Saturday, 29 November 2003 18:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reggae" is one of the moe insane offerings from McCartney's solo career!

I'd love to hear the Kinks' "Father Christmas" and Mud's "Lonely This Christmas", yet I don't believe I ever have.

For me:
Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here"... evokes childhood's christmases; beautifully melancholic. Piano playing of levity and gravitas; a spare production... very moving. Love the choral version.

Lew Stone produced 1946 version of "Let It Snow". A less obvious choice than "White Christmas" certainly, though that too inevitably has its place; it was always *there*...

Flaming Lips' "Christmas at the Zoo" is reasonably good I suppose, yeah.

Ashamed to say that Wham's "Last Christmas" has its place in my yuletide affections... I always seem to associate childhood christmases with things like Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley's "Thank You Very Much" from the 1971 film musical "Scrooge", starring Albert Finney. This always got shown on TV around the xmas period; I strongly recall watching it at junior school near the holiday and soon after it being on TV. ;-) Really loved the film, and this song in particular brings back so many memories...

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 30 November 2003 13:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

d.w.: where does one find Can doing "Silent Night"?

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Sunday, 30 November 2003 22:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Melt Banana - White Christmas

largehearted boy (largeheartedboy), Sunday, 30 November 2003 23:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*I'd love to hear the Kinks' "Father Christmas" ... yet I don't believe I ever have.*

Here's a Gone Daddy Finch version. 'Sokay. (Scroll down a bit.)

weather!ngda1eson, Monday, 1 December 2003 00:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ruff ruff ruff,
ruff ruff ruff,
ruff RUFF ruff ruff ruff...

Joe (Joe), Monday, 1 December 2003 00:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Peace on earth...(burumpa bum bum) can it be...

Joe (Joe), Monday, 1 December 2003 00:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

*Every* band should have a Christmas song.

S: Jona Lewie - "Stop The Cavalry", The Pretenders - "2000 Miles" (which Coldplay have apparently covered, for shame), Shane'n'Kirsty obv, "Last Christmas" oh yeah, Dandy Warhols - "Little Drummer Boy"

D: Cliff urgh. Most Christmas songs are aces tho, just cos it's Christmas innit.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Monday, 1 December 2003 12:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think the Darkness one is pretty rank

stevem (blueski), Monday, 1 December 2003 12:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Carnie and Wendy: "Hey Santa"
The Honeys: "Snowflakes"

harveyw (harveyw), Monday, 1 December 2003 13:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Squeeze: Christmas Day
XTC/Three Wise Men: Thanks For Christmas
Captain Sensible: One Christmas Catalogue
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Christmas All Over Again
Extreme: Christmas Time Again

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 1 December 2003 13:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Little Donkey" by Camera Obscura. They were on John Peels Xmas show a year or two ago, and I got the proper Xmas spirit while listening to it. U&K.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 1 December 2003 14:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nom: it's originally from a 7", apparently. Spoon Records posted it on their site a few years ago as an MP3 for a brief time. I need to find it, it's sitting on a CDR somewhere. It's very, very good.

d.w., Monday, 1 December 2003 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dominic The Donkey...chinga dee ching.

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Monday, 1 December 2003 15:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is such a weird song when sung by Frankie Valli.

Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

As sung by the Four Seasons this comes across like really surreal, mordant humor. Father walking in on his wife smooching a four-hundred pound mythical figure, and little Frankie sitting in the corner thinking it's all really quite an amusing scene.

Cunga, Friday, 25 December 2009 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Chris Rea - Driving Home For Xmas (The Revenge Re-rub)

Tannenbaum Schmidt, Friday, 25 December 2009 01:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

hearing the Jackson 5 sing it is weird too because I doubt irl the kids would have ratted their mom out to their abusive dad if they had caught her cheating, especially with a guy like Santa who would have made a pretty awesome stepdad

musically, Friday, 25 December 2009 03:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Lisa Mychols's Christmas album is a pretty good Beach Boys/Spectorpop pastiche, with The Wondermints as her backing band:

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Friday, 25 December 2015 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Mercaptan's cover of Franklin Bruno's "Invisible Mistletoe" has a nice lo-fi Swedish reggae feel, & the New Zealand Christmas-y folk song Te Harinui has a p.sweet surf version done by Waikato band The Hollow Grinders.

Festive video - Hasselhoff Experiment's late-90s bogan classic "What's The Deal With The Man In Red?":

etc, Friday, 25 December 2015 03:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I made a Spotify Playlist entitled Christmas Songs That Don't Suck.
I avoided covers of traditional songs for the most part.
If anyone plays it, I hope you like it.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 25 December 2015 13:49 (one year ago) Permalink

TS: Songs that mention Christmas but aren't really Christmassy (e.g. The Fall's John Quays, Tom Wait's Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis), vs. Songs that sound Christmassy but make no mention of it (e.g. lots of Brian Wilson)

― Dr X O'Skeleton, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:03 (3 days ago)

Randomly listening to the Abel Tasmans, and it turns out "Michael Fay" belongs to the former. For the latter, Steely Dan's "Charlie Freak" sure has a lot of bells in a Dickens-y fashion ...

etc, Friday, 25 December 2015 13:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Alternative Spotify Playlist title: "Fuck Grandma and the Reindeer Too"

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 25 December 2015 13:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Tracks on the playlist that are not mentioned in the thread above include:

King Diamond - No Presents For Christmas
AC/DC - Mistress For Christmas
Spinal Tap - Christmas With The Devil
GWAR - Stripper Christmas Summer Weekend
Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
The Vandals - Oi To The World (though someone mentioned the No Doubt version)
The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas
Eazy-E - Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas
Julian Casablancas - Christmas Treat (technically a cover)
The Fall - (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
Dragonette - Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)
Hanoi Rocks - Dead By Xmas
The Dirtbombs - My Last Christmas

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 25 December 2015 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 25 December 2015 18:39 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

The Moomins single I shared on the other Christmas songs thread is now on Spotify:

Jeff W, Saturday, 17 December 2016 13:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Search: 'Christmas Wrapping'
Destroy: 'Wonderful Christmastime'

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Neanderthal, Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Neanderthal, Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the entire St. Etienne Christmas record is worth seeking out. Not on Spotify unfortunately:

campreverb, Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this is my fav xmas album rn and it IS on spotify:

see also: both Rosie O'Donnell xmas albums, the RuPaul xmas album from like 1998, the Big Freedia xmas EP

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 19 December 2016 17:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah the song poem album is all-time

don't take my kindness for wokeness (seandalai), Monday, 19 December 2016 17:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Excuse me, but where is Wizzard!?

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 19 December 2016 18:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink


Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 December 2016 18:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I am so fucking sick of 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' that there isn't even an accurate term for it. I like it, and I like the Slade track too, but I'm sick to death of it. It's always been played to death every Christmas, but I used to hear the Slade track far more. Now it seems to be the Wizzard track I hear more.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Also, what's that Elton John one that sounds completely indistinguishable from his usual material, sounds totally non-Christmassy, isn't very good and sounds like it written during a Coke break?

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Step Into Christmas?"

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, destroy that one too.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

destroy: anybody who sings christmas songs as if they're VERY DRAMATIC modern pop ballads. christmas carols, by and large, neither require nor benefit from extensive melisma.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

destroy: "hallelujah" as a christmas song especially THIS YEAR

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

search: The Living Sisters - Harmony is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday

A recent go-to along w/ the low Christmas album

nomar, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Also destroy: 'Mistletoe and Wine'

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

why get so hung up on destroying things when you could be searching!

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lhasa de Sela - Peces en el rio

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Love that it's a Christmas song that sounds like Klezmer.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Did anything notable come out this year? I haven't been paying attention so much.

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

For Klezmer Christmas also check out the Klezmonauts' Oy To The World

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there's a really nice christmas record i enjoy by bulgarian voices angelite. i think it's out official now but i first got it as a bootleg radio broadcast.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

thank you seandalai checking it out.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

calzino, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Leslie Odom Jr's xmas album is SO good

simple arrangements & very pleasing nostalgic, old-school style, and his voice is gorgeous

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Xmas 2016 Spotify playlist. Lots of new, but a fair bit of old too. Featuring Sun Ra, Kacey, Kylie, Count Basie, ABC, Loretta, Ariana, Low and Moomins.

Jeff W, Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Nice piece by Richard Williams on David Sigerson's 'It's a big country'

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Um, Davitt. Damn autocorrect.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Merry shoegaze everyone

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Sunday, 25 December 2016 00:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Official Christmas anthem of the seandalai household

my hangover is a time machine (seandalai), Sunday, 25 December 2016 00:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Destroy: that dreadful Pentatonix cover of "Hallelujah" that my local holiday station has in aggressively high rotation.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Sunday, 3 December 2017 19:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Is that a Christmas song?

Ripped Taylor (Old Lunch), Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:30 (one week ago) Permalink

It is now.

MarkoP, Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

uggggh i heard that the other night on the way home from work. noped right out after like 10 seconds. Bleuch.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah and how is it even a holiday song. piss off

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

You rang?

Anne Git Yorgun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 December 2017 21:00 (one week ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 December 2017 22:46 (one week ago) Permalink

that Gregory Porter appearance on Marr earlier is still troubling my thoughts. He always had a touch of "Pebble Mill at One Bill Withers" about him, but his christmas album of Nat King Cole covers is absolute wank.

calzino, Sunday, 3 December 2017 22:49 (one week ago) Permalink

in good christmas music news, i got a copy of Daryl Hall & John Oates’ Home for Christmas album <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 December 2017 22:50 (one week ago) Permalink

i blame alexandra burke (really simon cowell) for "hallelujah" now being a holiday song

dyl, Sunday, 3 December 2017 22:55 (one week ago) Permalink

i made this last year and it features among others XTC, Alexander O Neal, Dragonette, Ariana Grande and The Marx Brothers

piscesx, Sunday, 3 December 2017 23:01 (one week ago) Permalink

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