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December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2012

‘Tis (almost) the season, Mbirders,

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!


  1. Giddie Up - The Dumbells (aka Roxy Music) 
  2. Three Ships - Jon Anderson
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas - The Insight (featuring Johnny & Edgar Winter)
  4. Christmas Time In Motor City - Was (Not Was)
  5. Let’s Get It Together This Christmas - Harvey Averne Band
  6. Winter Wonderland - Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
  7. Mele Kalikimaka - Arthur Lyman
  8. Merry Christmas Baby - Dr. John
  9. Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
  10. The Wildest Christmas - The Boys Next Door
  11. Deck The Halls - Metal Mike, Alison & Julia 
  12. Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue
  13. Please Leave Me Home For Christmas - Imperial Drag
  14. Ghost of Christmas - Manic Street Preachers
  15. Christmas, Bring Us - The Grip Weeds
  16. Christmas Was Better In The 80s - The Futureheads
  17. White Christmas - The Wedding Present
  18. Christmas Spirit - The Wailers
  19. Christmas in Prison (Live) - John Prine
  20. Christmas '83 - Centro-matic
  21. Silver Bells - Arlo Guthrie & Ed Gerhard
  22. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Jethro Tull
  23. Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
  24. Children Go Where I Send Thee - Odetta
  25. River - Cee Lo Green
  26. 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!

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus: Mbird Edition

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus: Mbird Edition

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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(Not to be believed) Awesome Christmas Funk!

“Who can say they don’t need help in any way?  Who can show me someone who’s strong enough today?”
We all need somebody to lead us… We need a brand new Christmas right away.