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Christmas and the Wintry Mix

Posted: December 10, 2014 in Opinion, Rock Music
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Wintry. That’s a cool word, no? But anyway . . .

Christmas songs. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you just can’t avoid ‘em this time of year. Like most of you I have my own collection, the only difference being that mine is far superior to yours. It makes no difference if you like the classics or the contemporary, Shoe: Untied has them for you. With that in mind, let’s take a look-see into The Shoe Musical Archives to find what’s filed under “Christmas” . . .

O.K., first let’s take a look at some of my personal all-time favorites, the old rock standbys if you will:

Happy X-Mas (War is Over) – John Lennon

John singing of Christmas, peace, love, and the end of war. What more could you ask for?

Father Christmas – The Kinks

A traditional Christmas song that tells the story of a department store Santa Claus who is beaten up by a gang of poor kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys. Good times.

Punk Rock Christmas – Sex Pistols

Pretty much a straight-forward punk rock Christmas song. How they got the lads to do it I’ll never know. Well, money I suppose.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2

The great U2 remake of the 1963 Darlene Love classic. Bono shreds on lead.

Little St. Nick – The Beach Boys

Christmas in the original Beach Boys style. I can’t have Christmas without this one.

Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen

The Boss’s live version that brings down the house. “It’s all cold down on the beach . . . “

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Chrissie Hynde

The classic as only Akron’s own Chrissie can sing it. Simply beautiful.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – The Beatles

You didn’t think I’d have a mix without the the lads from Liverpool, did ya? Good stuff.

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum – Jimmy Buffett

Along with Christmas in the Caribbean, Buffett’s best holiday party song.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp

Great rockin’ version of this Christmas classic, but with a Mellencamp touch. Great fiddle too.

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty

“And right down our block, little kids start to rock . . .”

Honorable Mention: Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid, Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen, Christmas in the Caribbean – Jimmy Buffett, Santa Baby – Rev Run & The Christmas All-Stars

Next, let’s take a look at some newer fare, tunes that have caught my ear in recent years:

Christmas Time – Smashing Pumpkins

Simply one of the most beautiful, touching Christmas songs I’ve ever heard. More emotion than in any other Billy Corrigan vocal. Check out the video at the end of this blog.

Everything’s Gonna to Be Cool This Christmas – Eels

Mr. E telling himself that everything’s going to work out . . . maybe.

The Man in the Santa Suit – Fountains of Wayne

Only the quirky band from the east coast could sing it like this.

Lonely Christmas Eve – Ben Folds

Ben’s version from the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” soundtrack. Stellar.

Christmas – Blues Traveler

Bluesy number from the early 90’s. And yes, Popper blows the harmonica.

Christmas Time Again – Extreme

Maybe Gary Cherone couldn’t stick with Van Halen, but he kills this song.

The Lights and Buzz – Jack’s Mannequin

“It’s Christmas in California, And it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time, But I’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters. It’s good to be alive.”

Waking Up On Christmas – The Smithereens

Straight-ahead rocker by the legendary Smithereens.

Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants

“I saw my baby wearing Santa’s beard, She kissed him once and whispered in his ear, I saw my baby wearing Santa’s beard, I wish he would go, He’s breaking up my home . . .”

I Want an Alien for Christmas – Fountains of Wayne

FoW pretty much saying that, well, they want an alien for Christmas.

Honorable Mention: Snowman – Barenaked Ladies, Last Christmas – Jimmy Eat World, I Hate Christmas Parties – Relient K, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sister Hazel

I also would like to mention a few other Christmas gems you might enjoy. You may not hear these in your local Wal-Mart, but here goes:

Who Put the Dick on the Snowman? – Rodney Carrington

A heartwarming story about some kids who made a snowman in honor of their father. Sure to pull at your heartstrings.

Ho Ho F***ing Ho – The Monty Python Singers

A Christmas song with a Monty Python twist. Great for Christmas office parties or church socials.

Merry F***ing Christmas – Mr. Garrison from South Park

As politically incorrect as you can possibly imagine.

I’ve Got a Boner for Christmas – Nerf Herder

Pretty much what the title suggests. Perfect for sitting on front of the fire with that special someone.

Well, there ya go. I also have a ton of the usual suspects such Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano, McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime and the like. Yeah, yeah, I have some Alvin & The Chipmunks too. What can I say? I enjoy Christmas music of all kinds.

Want a Wintry Mix? Gimme a holler.

Originally posted on 12/13/12.