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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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

search: "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland"

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

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

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

Fear - Fxxk Christmas

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

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

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

Cocteau Twins "Frosty the Snowman", haha!

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

Pogues/MacColl seconded, of course.

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

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

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

'zat you, santa claus? - RJG plays

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

The Wedding Present - "No Christmas"

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

Search : Ray Charles - That Spirit of Christmas

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

Destroy: "Merry Christmas (War Is over)"

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

the yobs - oy santa

and the rest of their christmas album.

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

paul mccartney - rudolph the red-nosed reggae

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


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

I've always liked Father Christmas by the Kinks.

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

Melt Banana - White Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

i think the Darkness one is pretty rank

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

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

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

Dominic The Donkey...chinga dee ching.

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

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

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

Heard Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" in a public setting (restaurant) for the first time ever last week. Probably a commonplace occurrence in Britain--not here.

clemenza, Monday, 25 December 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Repost of the 2015 Christmas concert w Gaby Moreno's soulful, shivery, yet no-frills delivery, mostly with a guitar or two (generally electric), a drum, mostly in Spanish, but you'll recognize the tunes (Gina Chavez and her uke or mando show up too):

dow, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 03:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Actually I don't recognize all the tunes, but all good.

dow, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

In 3 a.m. sleeplessness the other night I started mashing up Jefferson Airplane lyrics with "Sleigh Ride."

Horror grips us as we WATCH-- you die
All we can do is echo your ANG-- uished cry
It'll nearly be like a picture print
By Currier and Ives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives

WilliamC, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 04:34 (one year ago) Permalink

S: ...The Pretenders - "2000 Miles"...

― CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Monday, December 1, 2003 4:41 AM (fourteen years ago)

It's a weird Xmas/not-Xmas song but the way her phrasing is laid out upon the waltz is amazing and gorgeous. I love Chrissie.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

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

heard that for the first time this week. "christmas in california" is fantastic.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 23:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Just discovered this one this year. It's a new year's song rather than Christmas, but it's lovely.

Buttery males (Dan Peterson), Friday, 29 December 2017 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

it'd be cool if we can get a compilation of more christmas related songs this year

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Infinity did you catch the new Bloodshot comp this year?
I might amend Yesca's point to say that there are very few Christmas albums worth hearing after the 60s. Not really sure why that is, perhaps the labels had more power back then and could order a Phil Spector or Kenny Burrell to make one.

― campreverb, Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:29 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i guess i never replied to this but i liked these two tracks:

all our exes live in texas - how to make gravy
the yawpers - christmas in oblivion

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:50 (five months ago) Permalink

The new John Legend xmas album is quite good

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:59 (five months ago) Permalink

is it...


F# A# (∞), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:17 (five months ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:20 (five months ago) Permalink

St Etienne's Christmas album is only 10 GBP right now, which is a steal considering the cd would cost you 5 times that much on the 2nd hand market. Get one for you and a friend, with only 2000 pressed, i'm surprised they've lasted this long.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Search tool:

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 02:04 (five months ago) Permalink

I just did a CTRL+F and couldn't find mention of Frightened Rabbit's It's Christmas So We'll Stop. It's beautiful.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:02 (five months ago) Permalink

this is wiaiwya's new (and second) xmas lp. features amelia's new band, darren hayman, bill from allo darlin, that kind of crowd. out on friday.

^ the previous one

koogs, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:24 (five months ago) Permalink

I made it through all of Shatner Claus. I'd say about half of it works.

Jeff W, Saturday, 1 December 2018 20:07 (five months ago) Permalink

An in-progress playlist of my faves:

Fuzzy's "Christmas" and Aimee Mann & Michael Penn's "Christmastime" are annoyingly absent from Spotify.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Sunday, 2 December 2018 20:47 (five months ago) Permalink

mentioned itt already but needs to be posted anyway

Celtoes Adidas (Spottie), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Hip Christmas pointed out Rickie Lee Jones has some downloads on her site:

campreverb, Monday, 17 December 2018 04:14 (five months ago) Permalink

just found out Shoes did a christmas tune. classic Shoes

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 01:04 (five months ago) Permalink

How have we gone a quarter century without a solid addition to the canon. How.

Loggins and Rogers and G are...K3NNY (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Is there a consensus on the worst Christmas song? 'Christmas Shoes'?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:08 (five months ago) Permalink

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:14 (five months ago) Permalink

How have we gone a quarter century without a solid addition to the canon. How.

Because we realized that it's so much easier to just record covers of old songs than anything new. Or in Penatonix's case, covers of songs that have nothing to do with Christmas, but pass them off as Christmas songs.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:16 (five months ago) Permalink

I've only listened to last christmas by wham! twice this year so far which is a disappointment

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:17 (five months ago) Permalink

Julie on her second tour reminiscing
Three Decembers in New York City
Selling fir trees
Pack a truck with 90 fir trees
Pack 'em tight

Julie on her second tour reminiscing
The cassette of Daydream Nation worn out
The Bernadette Peters autograph on my cast
The CBGB t-shirt I'm wearing

The drive down from St. John
Was almost always easy
The drive back
On Christmas Day was not

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 20 December 2018 03:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Happy BreXitMAS!

Jeff W, Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:53 (five months ago) Permalink


Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” is surely part of the canon at this point and that was, what, 24 years ago?

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:23 (five months ago) Permalink

I presume Old Lunch meant since Mariah

Number None, Friday, 21 December 2018 13:17 (four months ago) Permalink

A Rhode Island favorite. "No Frosty!"

Jazzbo, Friday, 21 December 2018 14:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Yes, I meant since Mariah. There have been several additions to the xmas movie canon in that time, get with it musical artists.

Loggins and Rogers and G are...K3NNY (Old Lunch), Friday, 21 December 2018 14:55 (four months ago) Permalink

My favourite post-Mariah Xmas tracks (none of which I ever see ever becoming canonical):

Dar Williams, "The Christians and the Pagans" (1996)

Fuzzy, "Christmas" (1996)

Aimee Mann & Michael Penn, "Christmastime" (1996)

The Magnetic Fields, "Everything is One Big Christmas Tree" (2012)

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Friday, 21 December 2018 16:07 (four months ago) Permalink

koogs, Friday, 21 December 2018 16:12 (four months ago) Permalink

I have a playlist that I've ''''curated'''' and fashioned over the past years. It's bloody amazing. It's not only Christmas songs, soundtrack stuff, but also things that were xmas number ones or popular around Christmas time like Girls Aloud 'promise' or anything else I decide just sounds Christmassy. My OH added about 20 versions of 'last christmas' to it but I had to cull most of them.

― kinder, Saturday, December 5, 2015 5:39 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I never posted my playlist mainly because it's not a Spotify one but I'm on the lookout for lesser-known, GOOD, festive songs. It does have lots of the Home Alone soundtrack interspersed

kinder, Friday, 21 December 2018 16:26 (four months ago) Permalink

Some quality songs that sound like holiday songs but are not necessarily, I don't think:

And also 'Fjords of Winter' by Ladybug Transistor, which is apparently the only song in existence that isn't on YouTube but which is featured in this video at least:

I would love to see your playlist!

Loggins and Rogers and G are...K3NNY (Old Lunch), Friday, 21 December 2018 18:00 (four months ago) Permalink

donny hathaway, "this christmas"

andrew m., Friday, 21 December 2018 21:52 (four months ago) Permalink

I will never ever grow tired of this.
david axelrod and lou rawls in their prime.

mark e, Friday, 21 December 2018 21:56 (four months ago) Permalink

some of my favorites from dr. demento's xmas shows ca. '87-88:

bob rivers, "wreck the malls"
yogi yorgesson, "i yust go nuts at christmas"
cheech & chong, "santa claus and his old lady"
bob & doug mckenzie, "the 12 days of christmas"

andrew m., Friday, 21 December 2018 22:02 (four months ago) Permalink

that whole Lou Rawls album, my god.
I suppose think it's lazy to say there has been nothing great since Carey. Low's "Just Like Christmas" is pretty much canon at this point, and there's great stuff every year, note the Khruangbin above.

campreverb, Friday, 21 December 2018 22:21 (four months ago) Permalink

I *did* post my playlist after all!
Christmas Songs - S&D!!!!

thank you for these Old Lunch et al! Love the Cymbals one.
That Fuzzy one is going on the list

kinder, Friday, 21 December 2018 22:22 (four months ago) Permalink

ah yes, love that cheech & chong track!
i also love the barking dogs version of jingle bells from Dr Demento, cracks me up every time

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 21 December 2018 22:22 (four months ago) Permalink

Chris Molanphy's latest fits in with all this

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 December 2018 00:39 (four months ago) Permalink

FTR, I wasn't asserting that we've gone a quarter century with no good/great xmas music, just that nothing since Mariah has become a regular xmas rotation staple that you regularly hear on the radio or out shopping or whatevs. As someone else noted, anything 'new' I hear in those contexts is almost always a cover and rarely sticks around beyond the moment it was released. I'd even settle for a novelty single at this point. Where is the Jingle Cats of the 21st Century, I ask you?

Loggins and Rogers and G are...K3NNY (Old Lunch), Saturday, 22 December 2018 04:18 (four months ago) Permalink

my personal favourite

Number None, Saturday, 22 December 2018 06:32 (four months ago) Permalink

My Christmas 2018 Spotify playlist; the usual approach taken:

Check out also the latest Project Moonbase playlist, 'Santa Claus's Tomb':

Happy holidays, everyone.

Jeff W, Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Only slightly updated since last year, but still all my fav Christmas songs (that are on Spotify):

seandalai, Monday, 24 December 2018 22:50 (four months ago) Permalink

Atlas Sound - Artificial Snow :*(

J. Sam, Monday, 24 December 2018 23:10 (four months ago) Permalink

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