Thursday, December 14, 2006

Comin’ down the Chimney, Down!

So my favorite Christmas song just came on the radio station KOSI 101.1FM, which right around Thanksgiving, started playing Christmas music 24/7.

I like listening to Christmas music cause I can sing along here at work, which doesn’t always work while listening to the ‘modern rock’ station (presumably because I am now an OLD LADY). You’d think I would hate it, as I worked retail for 7 years, and had to listen to it NON STOP. But it’s been a while, and I’m not cured yet….

Hemingway, my favorite song came on, which is Happy Holidays by Andy Williams (#2 on album)

There’s just something about the way he says, “Don’t forget, to hang up your sock!” that makes me boogie in my chair! It makes me get into the holiday spirit and want to watch White Christmas, or Elf!

But lo – what came on right after my holiday tune? “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews, from The Sound of Music! Is this a holiday tune? And if so, why? When did this become a Christmas staple? And where in the song does she sing about Christmas OR holidays? She just talks about her favorite things, like friggin’ whiskers on kittens!

Speaking of favorite things, has anyone actually listened to that crappy Christmas song, Santa Baby, by Eartha Kit? That entire song is about some tart who wants her sugar daddy to buy her EXPENSIVE things, like a yacht and a platinum mine! WTF??? Of course she deserves all these things cause she has been a ‘good girl’ which translates into THIS in my book….
Geez that song blowz.

But I was trying to thing of GOOD things while at work, so I created my list of favorite holiday tunes:

1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
2. The Carol of the Bells – any random choir of boys
3. Happy Holidays – Andy Williams
4. White Christmas – Bing Crosby

And last but not least:
5. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues (Shane MacGowan and Kristy McColl)

What are your favorite tunes?


Anonymous said...

Since I hate Christmas music almost as much as I hate Christmas I'm going to list my absolutely most reviled Xmess songs ever.

1. Feliz Navidad
2. The Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Suite(too many years of performing this ruined it completely for me)
3. Anything by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
4. We wish you a Merry Christmas - fucking falalalalas
5. Oh Xmess Tree

An honorable mention to the strongly disliked song - Grandma Got Ran Over

Anonymous said...

I don't normally listen to Christmas music all day, but this internet radio station is great:

It's holiday songs, both traditional and original ones, all done by rock bands and various artists. For example, the Flaming Lips doing "White Christmas," REM doing "Deck the Halls," and on and on. I really dig it! I keep having to look back at their playlist to see who is doing each song.


Anonymous said...

5: Merry Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keen
4: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - good call Amb-o
3: O holy night
2: Two-step 'round the Christmas Tree - Suzy Boggess
1: All I want for Christmas is you - Vince Vance and the Valliants

caffeinator_x said...

I pretty much share Amber's yuletide sentiment, (as does Thisnthat re: Nutcracker)

But I'll always have...

"Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" John Lennon

"Do They Know Its Christmas?" Band Aid

I cannot tell you HOW LONG I've pondered that about "Favorite Things".... if it's possible, I hate the innumerable jazzy, jazz vocal versions MORE than Julie Andrew's original.

Though, 'round the holidays when I was growing up, the Broadway cast recording of "Annie" was always on heavy rotation at the Caff household, so I guess I don't have much room to talk.

Anonymous said...

You all are scrooges...Xmas rocks. And any piece of music from The Nutcracker still makes my skin crawl even though I quit dancing professionally 15 years ago. And ANY chipmunk Xmas crapola....ugh!

My favorite list
1. Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses
2. Happy Christmas (war is over)- John Lennon
3. Little Drummer Boy- David Bowie and Bing Crosby.
4. Do they Know it's Christmas Time- Band Aid

Anonymous said...

oh and because I am a complete sap and love the movie 'Love Actually', the song at the end of that ...'All I Want for Christmas is You'(?) is great.

and my sons version of Dradle Dradle Dradle kicks ass.

jason said...

5. Little Drummer Boy Bowie and Bing Crosby
4. Merry Mother f-in' Christmas Eazy E
3. Blue Christmas Elvis
2. Merry Christmas from the family Robert Earl Keen
1. A Christmas Song Jethro Tull

I find the Jethro Tull song to be the most poignant this time of year when everyone is so wrapped up in consuming, consuming, consuming. Be it food, drink, or presents. Other than that, I really don't like much Christmas music. Most of the classic songs rub me the wrong way. I'm not much into the meaning of Christmas, either Biblical or the manufactured aspects. I do subscribed to the hope of peace on earth and goodwill towards man. That, and spending time with friends is my favorite part of Christmas.

Oh yeah,


locomocos said...

Holy Crap!
I totally forgot about Band Aid!
i LOVE that song!

I take off the Bing Crosby one, and put on the Band Aid! WOW!!!

Good calls on the Elvis and the wreather! haha! that made me laugh out loud!

I also like the Happy Hanukkah song from Adam Sandler - and I don't think I've heard the song from Bowie and Bing - I'll have to find it online to listen.

and thanks, Jade! That internet station RAWKS!!!!