Every year, DJ Riko makes a long mix of Xmas mashups. This year, the featured song isn't really a mashup. It's more along the lines of a parody, putting Santa-specific lyrics over the Beastie Boys' Sabotage.
Sabotage Santa Claus (Listen All Y'all)
Note: I picked this mainly as an excuse to link to the video for Sabotage, which is one of my favorite music videos.
I'm always a little amazed at the quality of the songs the South Park guys can create. The Mr. Hankey song is a favorite. The best section?
Here's a game I like to play
Stick me in your mouth and try to say
'Howdy ho ho yum yum yum
Christmas time has come'
Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo
So, we went to see a performance of The Nutcracker yesterday. I have a few versions on the old hard drive, but none as weird as the one by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. You see, they're a choral group, which is problematic regarding a piece with no choral elements.
Or is it problematic? Apparently not, if you're Fred Waring. If you're Waring, you just create lyrics and use them to carry the melody lines. The result is both odd and awesome.
Dance Of The Sugar Plums
Dance Of The Toy Flutes
Waltz Of The Flowers
This song by Neurotron 606 was just sitting in my vast collection of tunes. I think I got it when someone foolishly asked to use one of my own songs on a CD. The CD had several other better songs, including this one. I think. I'm really not sure.
Anyway, it's a good song. I could imagine Doctor Manhattan singing a version of it.
I Cloned Myself For Christmas
I'm not really the biggest fan of musical mash-ups. Sure, they're clever, but I wouldn't listen to a bunch for an extended period.
This one is no different, really. It's not something I'd listen to multiple times over the festive holiday season.
Sure is clever, though. It's the only means via which I'll listen to
Last Christmas. Give it a play!
No Sleep Til Christmas (Beastie Boys vs Wham!)
Christopher Lee died earlier this year. The man was a legend. Here are just a few of his many roles in life:
Oh, and he also recorded symphonic metal, including some Xmas tunes!
Let's shift direction. Instead of something weird, how about a normal song, sung extremely well?
I'm simply in love with Zee Avi's voice. It's the voice folks like Zooey Deschanel wish they had. This Christmas song was my introduction to her. Sweet song. Sweeter voice.
No Christmas For Me
I love this dour Xmas song. I have no idea as to its origin, nor do I know why the sound quality is so crappy. Sure has a nice little harmony going in the chorus.
I Hope Santa Kicks Your Butt For Xmas
Seriously? No, not really. In truth, I love Xmas! Some people don't, though. Here are two totally different songs called
First up is Fear, the infamous punk band. This is a live version. Get the studio version as a bonus track on
The Record. But don't let this one song be the reason for picking up the full album. Pick up the full album because it's Fear in all its glory.
Fuck Christmas - Fear
Next is Monty Python's Eric Idle. He released this just a few years ago. More an excuse for the liberal use of
fuck than anything else, it's a swell holiday song.
Fuck Christmas - Eric Idle
If you don't like SpongeBob SquarePants, well, then we likely can't be friends. Too bad.
Spongebob has an important holiday message for everyone! Plus it's actually a catchy song. Double plus this video is done with stop-motion Legos!
Don't Be a Jerk; It's Christmas
(Special Note: Yes, I know the Lego folks think the plural of Lego is just Lego. Fuck them! It's Legos; you and I both know this! Remember, folks, language is a societal construct. Don't let corporations tell you how to express yourself!)