I always had mixed feelings about Christmas songs. Growing up I heard them constantly for the whole month of December. Some I liked better than others, but many have grown tiresome all these years. That said, there always were some more unusual ones that I liked, so I figured I would share some of these.
1. White Whine in The Sun by Tim Minchin. This is the Christmas song that these days I can most relate to, it comes from the point of view of an Atheist living in Australia. Of all the versions available, I find this live version to be my favorite. I also had the pleasure of seeing performed live a couple years ago.
2. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. This one has been getting more attention in recent years and even some radio play. I don’t mind, because the total surrealism of this pairing totally trips me out. Also note this was Bing Crosby’s last public performance.
The awkwardness and assumed one-ups-manship of this song is parodied here:
It also spawned this parody by Stephen Colbert and Willy Nelson.
3. Peace at Least by Rotary Connection. In this sixties R&B number Minnie Ripperton and company sing about Santa getting stoned out of his mind… on Mistletoe.
When I shared this one with a friend, he topped it with this number by Arlo Guthrie, which accuses Santa of being a drug addict and a communist:
4. Merry Christmas (I don’t Want to Fight Tonight) by the Ramones. Ok, now for something a little more rocking.
5. A Christmas Song by Jethro Tull. Next we have something of a Christmas guilt trip by Ian Anderson and the guys Jethro Tull. I never really understood what it means, but I take it as a call to be more appreciative.
6. The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes. This is a nice little rocker.
7. Must be Santa by Bob Dylan. This is a track from the ever controversial Bob Dylan album Christmas in the Heart. What can I say? It was a charity album and the man’s legacy in the history of American music was well sealed by this time.
8. An Atheist Christmas Carol by Vienna Teng. A pretty little piece. Not so blatantly Christmas or atheism oriented as the title suggest, and a bit soft edged, but still nice.
Ok, that’s more than enough of these. Enjoy.