Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An Untraditional Christmas - Tuesday Tune, vol 103

I've been around for a lotta Christmases, which means I've heard a lotta Christmas music.  Mostly, I've heard the same 18 (give or take) songs over and over and over.  And over.  And over.  And over.  And over.  And frankly, I'm rather tired of those 18 songs.

I've had enough Jingle Bells in a Winter Wonderland, Good King Weceslas resting on ye Merry Gentlemen, Rudolph's Red Nose Watching Mommy Kiss Santa, and Halls that are Decked.  Please, I say, Bring that Torch to Jeanette so she'll quit Isabella-ing, and Baby I KNOW that it's cold outside.  I have a thermometer.

Before you holler Hah-Bumhug at me or shout sacrilege, note that I do enjoy these over and well-done Christmas greats.  It's just, well, there's a lotta creative people in this world and I think that we need more originals.  That's why today's Tuesday Tunes are all about Christmas tunes that are not among the traditional 18 (give or take.)

So here you go.  I'd also like to provide a giant "shout out" to Vera's friend Mr. Reese, who, by 'n large has the greatest music collection in the United States (give or take.)  Many of these nontraditionals were brought to my attention by this Mr. Reese.

Merry Christmas you Suckers Roger Twiggy
Oi to the World No Doubt
You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch The Hit Crew
Best Kind of Friend Christabel & the Jons
Soul Cake Sting
Clean Up For Christmas Aimee Mann
That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! Sufjan Stevens
The Christmas Waltz She & Him
Christmas Smorgasbord Swedish Chef
Mary's Boy Child Trailer Trash
Everyone's A Kid at Christmas Time Stevie Wonder
Snowed in with You Over the Rhine
Christmas Song Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Boots The Killers
It Snowed Meaghan Smith
Your Holiday Song Indigo Girls
The Heart of Christmas Matthew West
Our December Thriving Ivory
When A Child Is Born The Moody Blues
Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year Rosie Thomas
Christmas Lights Coldplay
Snowflakes Jeremy Fisher
Mistletoe and HollyFrank Sinatra
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Christmastime Smashing Pumpkins
Fairytale in New York The Pogues
Merry Christmas Eve Better Than Ezra
Christmastime Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
Christmas Day Dido
Do They Know Its Christmas Band Aid (1984)
The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks
'Zat You, Santa Claus? Louis Armstrong
Christmas Vacation Theme National Lampoons
Wish List Neon Trees
A Very Special Acoustic Christmas Alison Krauss
Papa Noel Brenda Lee
Star Of Wonder Tori Amos
Cinnamon & Chocolate Butterfly Boucher
Christmas The Who
Christmas is Going to the Dogs the eels
Old Toy Trains Joe Nichols
Happy ChristM.A.S.S. M.A.S.S.
Christmas for Two Sixpense None the Richer
Holidays Silver Swans
Mistletoe Colbie Callat
I won't Let You Lick My Candy Bar Susan Kay
The Christmas Queen Miss Piggy
Christmas In New Orleans Louis Armstrong
A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) Glasvegas
The Dear Aquaintance (A Happy new Year) Regina Spektor
Holiday Road Lindsay Buckingham
River Sarah McLachlan
Very Merry Christmas Dave Barnes
Candy Cane Christmas Darius Rucker
Christmas This Year (feat. Leigh Nash) TobyMac & Leigh Nash
Christmas Wish She & Him
32 Feet And 8 Little Tails Gene Autry
Another Christmas Song Stephen Colbert
Don't Need A Reindeer The Moody Blues
Better Do It Right Smash Mouth
Darlin' (Christmas Is Coming) Over the Rhine

Do you have a favorite nontraditional?  Please, do share.  The more the merrier.


Celeste said...

Christmastime by the Smashing Pumpkins. Or maybe it's just Billy Corgan by his onesie. Either way, that voice, those bells... it's obnoxious after the 12th time, but I love it.
And for some reason Angel of Harlem by U2 is highly Christmasy to me. Go have a listen.
Love Tuesday Tunes, thanks Rabid

Hen Pecks said...

You rock.

(That's not a song, it's what you do)

Jenn said...

These are great!! To make my Christmas Spin mix I used less traditional versions of traditional songs, so people would recognize the music, but so I could find stuff that was workout-worthy. Check out relient k (yes, reliEnt), Hoodoo Gurus (imagine sprinting to Little Drummer Boy!), and Smashing Pumpkins (props, Celeste). Merry Christmas, Rabid!

Jenn said...

PS When did the Indigo Girls get so old?!?

Jenn said...

PS When did the Indigo Girls get so old?!?

megan said...

Ummm I noticed you totally snubbed the "biebs"

rabidrunner said...

Celeste, I like your Angel in Harlem ideas as a Christmas tune.

Hen Pecks, you cluck! (it's not a song, it's what you do. Grin.)

Jenn, the Indigo Girls got old, like, yesterday I think. I have a couple Reliant K songs and I quite enjoy them, one is the Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah. Perhaps I should do traditionals next year in the not-so-traditional style? Will also check Hoodoo Gurus. Thanks!

Megan, how did I snub the Biebs? It wasn't on purpose, although there's no Biebs in my music library. The Yahoos have forbidden it.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler is my favorite Christmas song.

radracer said...

Smart yahoos.

And if I hear more blathering about noiseless nocturnal events being calm and bright, I'm going to strangle someone.

My current favorites are Mistletoe performed by the Northridge School Chorus, and a Run DMC tune that I can't remember the title of at the moment.

rabidrunner said...

Rad, great catch. It's Chritmas in Hollis! I'll add it later.

Moe said...

I'm shocked you don't have Ragpickers dream