Not much of a country fan, but I usually like Willie Nelson. Man oh mab, did he phone it in with his X-mas album. Ouch!
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Your list MIRRORS mine !!
I'm totally sick and tired of the Maria Carey (screech owl) so much, I asked the general manager at Borders Books to change it out, a lot of customers agreed, after much bitching about that and the Phil Collins (weeping remakes)
And yes, Transiberian, what the hell is this crap, sounds the SAME no matter what tune they try to REMAKE.
Thanks for posting this thread, i'm ready for headphones.
My town also has a station that converts to "Christmas Music" after Thanksgiving, but plays mostly "celebrity" psuedo-Christmas songs, so I don't have it on very much. At the serious risk of getting flamed, among my least favorites that this station plays constantly (like once every two or three hours) are:
"So This Is Christmas"
"Last Christmas" (how this gets classified as a Christmas song is beyond me)
"Wonderful Christmastime" (now I know I'm going to get flamed -- I'm dissing Paul McCartney)
"Do They Know Its Christmas?"
Christmas music is one genre where my wife and I are both extremely biased towards the traditional versions of things I remember as a kid. I do not care for most newer versions of old standards.
Maybe if we were Christian that would help.
I still look forward to hearing the old standards again each year though by the time Xmas comes around I typically am ready to submit..
Hey , I heard a catchy hawaiian themed Christmas tune (name?) in the last few years on teh radio that I liked!
Radio stations LOVE this time of year, its most always the light rock station in any given town and they make a pile of money on commercial revenue and many dont use talent saving them labor cost on top of it all.
One day is about all I cant take, and that means maybe a few hours the night tree goes up as we are usually laughing, frustrated with bad light strings and buzzed on some holiday drinks.
I suppose thats part of why I cant stand it after that cause I dont drink much!
Same deal here in Richmond - mostly bad stuff they play. Why don't they put some of the newer cd's in their rotation? We put the squeezebox on holiday shuffle here at home and have wonderful Christmas music - everyone from Annie Lennox, Sugarland, McGarrigles, Bruce Cockburn, Jewel, Indigo Girls, Shelby Lynne, K.T. Tunstall, Emmylou Harris, and old standards by Dean Martin and Perry Como! No Kenny G or Josh Groban in the mix!
Added yet another great Christmas album, Etta James "The 12 Songs of Christmas". There is great Christmas music out there if you avoid mainstream. I own "Jazzy Christmas" with Dexter Gordon, Branford Marsalis and others each doing their own tracks. Ella's are great albums. Avoid Andy Williams and the ilk.
Dtc has it right. Anything from Bing, Frank, Dean, even Sing Along With Mitch is preferred to schmaltz some radio stations play. We do listen to a cd of songs from the "Rudolf" special that has instrumental versions as well as the original songs.
I dont mind when someone does a new cover of an old standard. What dont understand is why anyone thinks we need new contemporary Christmas songs. One in particular that makes me gag is about a kid buying new shoes for his dying mother! WTF?!!!
Cant get away without recommending Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra's "A Christmas Cocktail". Jazz/Lounge/Crazy that actually sounds really good.
*I say this not to exclude Christmas or any other religious celebration, only so as to include New Years!!!
I recall the Ramones tried their hand at Christmas jingles. Or such classic's as,"I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus", or "Grandma got run-over by a reindeer"?......childhood traumatization.....elder medical trauma....Happy Holidays!! Maybe, Kelly Osbourne"s "SHUT UP"! Ok, that one's not Christmas specific.....