Growing up the son of a liturgical Episcopal priest, Christmas music was verboten in our house until after the 4th Sunday in Advent. So, it makes me nervous when Dave makes me post my Xmas mix right as December dawns… Anywho, Jing Jing A Ling! Let me know what rings your bell.
Dave has asked me to put up my annual Xmas mix again this year for your easy listening pleasure.
Per usual, it showcases this years’ particular pop obsessions (Roxy Music, the Bee Gees, the Manics [although I left out the Dead!]), outre cover versions (Cee Lo, J Tull, Jon Anderson), and selections from my Christmas vault that I propose for canonization (Ed Gerhard, John Prine, Byron Lee). Now – I submit to you this question: what makes the Glam and Power Pop sub-genres the ground most fertile for holiday originals.? Taste and see!
Giddie Up - The Dumbells (aka Roxy Music)
Three Ships - Jon Anderson
Please Come Home For Christmas - The Insight (featuring Johnny & Edgar Winter)
Christmas Time In Motor City - Was (Not Was)
Let’s Get It Together This Christmas - Harvey Averne Band
Winter Wonderland - Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Mele Kalikimaka - Arthur Lyman
Merry Christmas Baby - Dr. John
Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
The Wildest Christmas - The Boys Next Door
Deck The Halls - Metal Mike, Alison & Julia
Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue
Please Leave Me Home For Christmas - Imperial Drag
Ghost of Christmas - Manic Street Preachers
Christmas, Bring Us - The Grip Weeds
Christmas Was Better In The 80s - The Futureheads
White Christmas - The Wedding Present
Christmas Spirit - The Wailers
Christmas in Prison (Live) - John Prine
Christmas '83 - Centro-matic
Silver Bells - Arlo Guthrie & Ed Gerhard
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Jethro Tull
Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
Children Go Where I Send Thee - Odetta
River - Cee Lo Green
Thank You for Christmas - Bee Gees
If you’d like to hear more selections, please check out my treasure trove of Christmas goodness on A Rather Lovely Thing, the Fishwick family blog. Adeste Fideles!
Every year since 2005 I’ve done a Christmas compilation called “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus” (see our blog to check out years’ past). Dave was kind enough to let me surface from the code mines for a few hours to bring you a collection of some of my favorites from across the years. It wasn’t easy to cull for a “best of,” but here we go and I won’t tell the Advent police if you start listening to these now. Enjoy!
Now Sound of Christmas – The Free Design
White Christmas – He5
Baby Jesus – Matthew Sweet
Jesus Christ – Big Star
Santa Claus, Go…
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