Thursday, December 07, 2006

And the boys from the NYPD choir were singing "Galway Bay..."

Rock Creek Rambler recently posted his "Christmas Songs I Don't Hate." I am, however, quite sure he left one off his list. A Christmas song, that is, that I find it hard to believe anyone hates. That's because it's the One True Christmas Song, and every year, it's worth taking a moment to gather together with friends and family, and remind each other of that tune, the only song that really matters at Christmas time.

That song, of course, is "Fairytale of New York." Enjoy the original (thx, Who Killed the Mixtape), or the awesome new version from Stars (thx, More Than Milk).


joelogon said...

Not only not hated, but it's a Christmas song that's good the whole year 'round. -- Joe

Erica said...

LOVELOVELOVE that's even better live with Shane and Emma Finer dancing in fake snow....

Adam said...

I love this song too - how can you not when a festive song contains the words scumbag, maggot and faggot?

And of course: "Merry Christmas - me arse"

I will check out the new one, nice linkage.

tom said...

I've actually met someone who couldn't stand that Pogues song. Kriston, maybe? Whoever it was, they were clearly a seriously disturbed individual. Thanks for the link to the Stars cover.

Another song I'd nominate: U2's "Baby Please Come Home" (or whatever it's called). I know it's uncool to like U2, but that's a pretty great Christmas song. Death Cab does an uninspired cover, if one is absolutely intent on avoiding Bono-endorsement.


Ron Sexsmith - "Maybe This Christmas"
Raveonettes - "Christmas Song"
Yo La Tengo - "It's Christmas Time"
Low - "Just Like Christmas"
Ben Folds - "Bizarre Christmas Incident"
Whirling Dervishes - "Mean One Mr. Grinch"
Eels - "Christmas Is Going To The Dogs"
Dismemberment Plan - "This Christmas"

And although no one can compete with the John Lennon original, the Polyphonic Spree version isn't bad.

Most of those are just the non-objectionable entries from some Maybe This Christmas albums, but I like em. That Tom Petty song that RCR links to is probably my favorite out of all of them, though.

divine ms. k said...

Believe it or not, there's a version of "River" sung by Robert Downey Jr. and Vonda Shepard that kicks ass.

Also, the Last Train Home "Holiday Limited" CD is universally excellent.

Jinxy said...

Nice choice.

Red Line said...

It's my favorite one, and like joelogon said, it gets plenty of iPod play all year long.

inanecrap said...

Best Christmas song ever. Hands down.