Tuesday, November 27, 2007

X-Mas 2007

Some people like to get their holiday shopping done early. I decided to get my holiday blogging done early. So this year I'm posting a bunch of holiday songs all at once--call it a compilation if you like, or think of it as me stopping by to D.J. your Christmas party without having to deal with me drinking up all your eggnog, insulting your guests and throwing up on your sectional. Individual tracks are available for download by right clicking on the links, or you can just download a zip file of the whole thing.

1. Burt Bacharach - "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle"
Like much Christmas music, this song is stupid and sentimental. It's also pretty catchy.

2. Redd Kross - "Super Sunny Christmas"
Redd Kross are one of my favorite bands. It borders on criminal that so many of their albums are out-of-print.

3. Peter Wood Singers And Orchestra - "A Ride On Santa's Sleigh"
I found this on a Christmas music blog called Fa La La La La.com. The whole album is still available there, and is well worth checking out in its entirety.

4. Sy Mann - "Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
For some a little bit of Switched on Santa goes a long way, others will want to hear the whole thing. Fortunately for those in the later group, the whole album is also available at Fa La La La La.com.

5. Belle & Sebastian - "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto"
This cover of the classic James Brown Christmas song was performed at a Peel Session on the BBC in 2002. Who knew Belle & Sebastian could give up the funk?

6. The Three Suns - "Sleigh Ride"
The Three Suns were Mamie Eisenhower's favorite band. This is the sound of Christmas in the White House circa 1959.

7. The Davis Sisters - "Christmas Boogie"

8. The Screaming Santas - "I Love X-Mas"
I posted this last year, but it's worth hearing again.

9. Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Winter Weather"
The brief swing revival of the mid 90s was pretty annoying, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers were a good band. Certainly there is no arguing with Katharine Whalen's voice, as this track amply demonstrates.

10. Commander Cody - "Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas"
This is another one I posted last year. I get hits in April from people looking for this song. I can understand why.

11. Esquivel - "Here Comes Santa Claus"
I posted a couple other songs from this sadly out-of-print CD last year. There are currently some reasonably priced used copies on Amazon. Grab one now!

12. Game Theory - "Linus And Lucy"
This cover of the Vince Guaraldi classic was issued as a bonus track on the CD reissue of The Big Shot Chronicles.

13. Claudine Longet - "Snow"

14. Shonen Knife - "Space Christmas"

15. June Christy - "The Merriest"
June Christy is one of my favorite jazz singers. Her holiday album, This Time Of Year, is almost entirely unique in that it contains no standards, but instead a group of songs written specifically for the album. The album--with arrangements by the great Pete Rugolo--is well worth checking out, as is nearly everything Christy ever did.

16. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - "The Christmas Song"

17. Marty Robbins - "One Of You (In Every Size)"

18. Luna - "Eggnog"
This song appeared on a CD EP called Indian Summer, which doesn't seem to show up in any of Luna's discographies, but I know exists because I own it.

19. Milton DeLugg & The Little Eskimos - "Hooray for Santy Claus!"
The classic film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free. Now you can watch it 365 days a year.

20. NRBQ - "Christmas Wish"
This is just a great song anytime of the year. [It's also been reissued on a Deluxe Edition of Christmas Wish, so I took it down. Downloads of individual tracks from the album are also available at Amazon.]

21. George Jones - "My Mom And Santa Claus"
If you've been reading this blog for a while you know I am a big fan of George Jones. If you haven't, you do now.
**Bonus track (not in the zip file)** George Jones - "I Want A New Baby For Christmas"

22. Treacherous Three - "Xmas Rap [X-Rated Version]"
This makes we want to breakdance, old-school Christmas style.

I'll be back with new posts in 2008. Possibly sooner. Happy Holidays.


Tacim said...

oh thank you darling!
i love xmas

Anonymous said...

At this juncture, much as I did last year, I would like to send a big Merry Christmas shout-out to the great Milton DeLugg.

Thank you.

Pete Bilderback said...

Milton DeLugg will celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008.

Other than his Chuck Barris projects (Gong Show, Dating Game, etc.) DeLugg was also co-author of "Orange Colored Sky," a hit for Nat King Cole and recently covered by Richard Thompson. (This is another song my son Will took a shine to at one point, requesting it over and over again).

Apparently DeLugg is still music director of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Micah said...

I can never have too much Christmas music. Thanks!

Katherine said...

"Santa Claus is a Black Man" by Akim & the Teddy Vann Production Co. is awesome. It's featured on the CD entitled "A John Waters Christmas."


Pete Bilderback said...

Katherine, thanks for pointing that one out. As a Baltimore area native, I'm a big John Waters fan.

Also, as I did last year, I strongly advocate the purchase of Daddy Is Santa Really Six Foot Four? The American Song-Poem Christmas. It just wouldn't be Christmas at the Bilderback homestead without such chestnuts as "Santa Came On A Nuclear Missile" "The Peppermint Stick Man," "Santa Claus Goes Modern," and "Rockin' Disco Santa Claus." The album is available for download from emusic (if you haven't already done a trial of emusic you could get it for free) and iTunes.

spikedcandy said...

thanks for this amazing compilation! hope you had a great christmas :)