Christmas Music.

BabelBabe went off on a pretty right-on rant on Christmas music. I tend to agree but I want to mention to the Internet where our paths diverge.

I agree with Badge that the Bob & Doug Mackenzie's is the best (and only acceptable) version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The rest--and especially the original--just suck dead wombats. The Allen Sherman version is passable.

I agree w. Gina on that "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" song. That one just flat-out sucks and even if I didn't miss my grandmothers to this very day, it'd still be a stupid--and stupidly unfunny--song. After 9/11/01 and the death of some people I knew, Weird Al's "Christmas At Ground Zero" isn't nearly as clever as I used to think. (In his defense, it was written eons before.)

I DO enjoy Stan Freberg's "Good Morning, Mr. Scrooge" which is a funny way of reminding people what Christmas is all about.

I don't have to listen to "the" version of a song or carol, so long as it's done well. To be sure, I PREFER it that way, but The Ventures' rendition of "Sleigh Ride" is just cool, man. I also have a soft spot for "Run Rudolph, Run" by either Chuck Berry or Brian Setzer. But I want to hear Der Bingle singing "White Christmas," and Nat "King" Cole's "The Christmas Song" not to the exclusion of all else, but in the great majority. Julie Andrews is great, too. Sometimes I go full-out the other way and crank up Andy Williams or Perry Como. Or if I feel REALLY reactionary, the Choir of St. Michael's Cathedral. Oh, and Vince Guaraldi. Gotta have my Vince Guaraldi.

OK, ramble off.



Gina said…
I am sort of ashamed to admit this (which is why I'm telling the Internet, I guess), but I like the Twelve Days of Christmas song. I don't ever want to hear it, mind you, but I *love* singing it with Teddy. There's nothing like singing "Five golden rings!" at the top of your lungs, knowing that your kid will probably remember it forever. Especially if you sing it in the summer, as we sometimes do.
Joke said…
My thing with that song is getting to day 10 and thinking ALRIGHT ALREADY...WE GOT THE POINT.

Sarah Louise said…
I really like the 12 days, unless people sing 5 gold rings instead of 5 golden rings.

My boss is freaking out at the teenagers right now, WOW!! She just kicked 2 of them out...drama at the library...
Badger said…
My all-time favorite Christmas novelty song/bit is Cheech and Chong's "Santa Claus and his Old Lady".

"I played with that dude, man!"

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