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    Seeing Seb’s Christmas compilation the other day got me thinking that there must be a few people on here that also make up their own Christmas CD/ playlist each Christmas. I’m just interested to see what other people are listening to as I always like to expand my list and mix it up a little bit.

    Here’s my current mix, which is largely a mix of people doing interesting takes on well know Christmas songs, comedy songs and the odd classic well known one I always keep in.

    Bob Rivers – A Message from the King
    Ted Nuggent – Deck The Halls
    The Prog World Orchestra (Neal Morse) – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Bob Rivers – Twelve Pains Of Christmas
    Zakk Wilde – White Christmas
    BB King – Merry Christmas Baby
    The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Zat You Santa Claus? / Stray Cat Strut
    Jethro Tull – A Christmas Song
    Tim Minchin – Woody Allen Jesus
    The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Jingle Bells
    The Prog World Orchestra (Neal Morse) – Little Drummer Boy
    Spinal Tap – Christmas With The Devil
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Gregg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
    Bob Rivers – Holidaze (S’cuze Me, I’ve Got Gifts to Buy)
    The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
    Robin Trower – O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem
    The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York
    Weird Al Yankovic – The Night Santa Went Crazy
    Jethro Tull – Ring Out Solstice Bells
    The Prog World Orchestra (Neal Morse) – Shred Ride / Winter Wonderland
    Tim Minchin – White Wine In The Sun


    Ted Nugent is a racist cunt. Other than that, I love your mix!


    He is a terrible prick, but his version of Deck The Halls is good. The BBC used it a couple of years ago. Worth a look on YouTube.


    I’m just going for an instrumental version of Last Christmas looped throughout the big day. The morning DJ on 6music uses it as a bed and it always makes me smile.

    I bought Don’t Let The Bells End on three formats because I wanted it to be number one so much! The new Darkness album is brilliant as well.


    I like to break out KT Tunstall’s ‘Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas’ EP round about this time of year.

    Pete Part Three

    Away from the obvious stuff (and ignoring the swapsies I have with Ben):

    Hurts – All I Want For Christmas is New Year’s Day
    Fall Out Boy – What’s This? (from The Nightmare Before Christmas)
    The Killers – The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball
    John Williams – Christmas Star/ Preparing the Traps (from Home Alone …or possibly Home Alone 2)
    The Lancashire Hotpots – Carry You Home
    Murray Gold – The Stowaway


    What, no “Christmas in Hollis?”


    Hurts – All I Want For Christmas is New Year’s Day

    Yes, oh god yes.


    My choices are eclectic as fuck, so apologies. Some of them ain’t even about Christmas, but they just get me in the Christmas mood.

    Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas
    Hurts – All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day
    Kate Bush – Snowflake
    Flight of the Conchords – Petrov, Yelyena And Me (… I don’t even know)
    Elbow – Starlings
    Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
    Bee Gees – Heart Like Mine


    Ah, totally forgot about Kate Bush’s last album. Some perfect winter music in there.


    David Sedaris – Santaland Diaries
    David Sedaris – Six to Eight Black Men
    Neil Innes – Tinsel and String


    Bigamy at Christmas


    Tony Ferrino doesn’t get the praise he deserves.


    Murray Gold – Song for Ten


    Alot of my picks are on Alex’s list! but here’s a few more of my favorites:

    Chris Squire’s Swiss Choir – Run With The Fox (its terrible but I love it)
    Blackmore’s Night – Christmas Eve
    Sarah McLachlan – River
    Jethro Tull – Last Man at the Party
    Tori Amos – Pink and Glitter
    John Anderson – Where Were You?

    Ben Kirkham

    “Murray Gold – The Stowaway”

    Fucking brilliant.


    Oh gosh, “Six to Eight Black Men” … and pretty much every other Sedaris family Christmas tale. Do you have Holidays on Ice?


    > Oh gosh, “Six to Eight Black Men” … and pretty much every other Sedaris family Christmas tale. Do you have Holidays on Ice?

    The audio book, of course. :) Though it’s almost as fun to hand the book around and see if any of your relatives can read any of it out loud without corpsing.

    Seb Patrick

    For those who didn’t click through to my blog, here’s my DAMNED EXCELLENT list. I tweak it some years but make sure to ensure it always fits on a single CDR. AND it’s got a Rob and Doug song on it!

    1. Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here (2:44)
    2. Murray Gold & Neil Hannon – Song For Ten (3:29)
    3. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (4:01)
    4. Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien For Christmas (2:19)
    5. Loudon Wainwright III – Christmas Morning (3:49)
    6. Low – Just Like Christmas (3:08)
    7. The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2:41)
    8. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride (2:22)
    9. Grandaddy – Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland (2:59)
    10. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas (2:19)
    11. Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (2:48)
    12. The Vandals – Oi To The World (2:15)
    13. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick (2:10)
    14. Zombina & The Skeletones – A Chainsaw For Christmas (3:11)
    15. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) (2:06)
    16. The Kinks – Father Christmas (3:43)
    17. Rilo Kiley – Xmas Cake (5:24)
    18. Jonathan Coulton – Chiron Beta Prime (2:51)
    19. Spitting Image – Santa Claus Is On The Dole (3:48)
    20. The Long Blondes – Christmas is Cancelled (4:29)
    21. Half Man Half Biscuit – It’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas (3:48)
    22. She & Him – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (3:42)
    23. Badly Drawn Boy – Donna and Blitzen (4:19)
    24. My Chemical Romance – All I Want For Christmas Is You (3:45)

    Seb Patrick

    That Darkness track is the one I keep forgetting to add each year. Despite it being the one Darkness track I actually really like.


    You forgot I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek by The Go-Go’s.


    “I Want an Alien for Christmas” is awesome. Haven’t heard that in years.


    I love Fountains of Wayne but had no idea “I Want an Alien for Christmas” existed. THANK YOU.

    Lexo Ross

    The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
    The South Park Mr Hankey Album (I would name them all but then we’d be here all day)
    Family Guy – All I Really Want For Christmas
    The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York
    Weird Al Yankovic -The Night Santa Went Crazy
    Any performance of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, usually Alfie Boe’s


    Ah, Mr Hankey’s Christmas Classics. A proper gem, and no mistake.

    Ben Kirkham

    Mr Garrison’s ‘Merry Fucking Christmas’ is my favourite.

    Sam Johnson

    Agreed. That song is pretty much offensive on every single level. “Christmas Time in Hell” is also very catchy.

    Lexo Ross

    Deck the halls with Swiss Colony Beef Log lalalalalalalalala

    Ben Kirkham

    ““Christmas Time in Hell” is also very catchy.”

    My favourite lyric “There goes Jeffrey Dahmer with a festive Christmas ham. After he’s had sex with it, he’ll eat up all he can.” Obscene.


    They Might Be Giants – Feast of Lights

    Coz you can never have enough of the Johns in your life.


    Once again I’m probably the last to know, but, Howard Goodall has written A TON of Christmas music. I only know this because I just visited the Faber Music site to check whether his Red Dwarf piano arrangements are available yet (they’re not).


    I stole this off twitter.
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    Swear I’ve seen that before, very recently?


    It was on twitter! I grabbed it! I take no credit for it. It was. some Aussie guy!


    Hmm, maybe I cam across it on tumblr or reddit, or somewhere like that. Still, I like it :)


    Santa claus is on the dole was probably my fav spitting images sketch


    I have a soft spot for Darlene Love’s ‘All alone for Christmas’.

    In my opinion, the greatest Christmas song that nobody normal has heard is definitely the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Christmastime’. A quite wonderful little song and quite touching if you identify with it.


    Hmmm, I don’t listen to Smashing Pumpkins because of the way Bill Corgan took Pavement’s song “Range Life” very personally when it jokingly called out SP, and he’s kicked up a fuss about Pavement and Malkmus at every opportunity, refusing to play unless they get dropped from the same festivals as them, insulting them in the press, that sort of thing. Stephen Malkmus has always been good about it, said it was just a joke and he didn’t mean any harm, and that he still likes Smashing Pumpkins. It puts me off bands altogether when their members act the same way as Corgan has.

    Seb Patrick

    Aside from anything else, Pavement are musically about a bajillion times better than TSP anyway.


    I love you, Mr Patrick.


    > It puts me off bands altogether when their members act the same way as Corgan has.

    It puts me off bands altogether when their members sing the way Corgan does. Ever heard him live? He’s fucking awful.


    I will unashamedly state right now that I think Billy Corgan is a musical genius and that my Smashing Pumpkins fandom is probably more intense than my love of Red Dwarf.

    I can understand people being dismissive of the band because of his voice, BC’s persona in the media and the new line-up… points I all disagree with but there’s no denying that musically, the guy is fucking amazing. ESPECIALLY LIVE!

    They’re just one of those bands that have that Marmite effect.

    So I will simply say with the greatest respect that I strongly disagree with the above four posts. Well, except for the love of Seb!


    Oh I’m not saying he isn’t a musical genius, I’m just saying he needs a better sense of humour ;)

    I haven’t heard enough of the actual music to make any assumptions, really.

    Seb Patrick

    I think he’s written a few great songs, but it can’t be coincidence that the song of his I enjoy the most is one not sung by him: Celebrity Skin.

    I saw them live at Reading in 2007, and it was largely tedious, interminable drivel. Although I still think Tonight Tonight is great.

    And he does seriously need a sense of humour transplant. He’s always been far too pretentious/taken himself far too seriously.


    Any Christmas compilation needs this.

    If it doesn’t have it, I’ll add it.


    You better not be joking, Phil, coz I’m 100% in agreement.


    I’m absolutely not. It’s one of the reasons I most looked forward to December this year…an excuse to bust it out daily. :D


    > I think he’s written a few great songs, but it can’t be coincidence that the song of his I enjoy the most is one not sung by him: Celebrity Skin.

    I saw them live at Reading in 2007, and it was largely tedious, interminable drivel. Although I still think Tonight Tonight is great.


    I’d argue all day that he’s written way more than a ‘few’ great songs but you’d have to have listened to all of the albums and many of the b-sides to be aware of many of them. They’re definitely one of those bands where the singles aren’t always the cream of the crop. Fair dues on enjoying the ones not sung by him though, his voice is one I love but definitely something I can understand people strongly disliking.

    The Reading 2007 set was amazing however, that set was massively for the hardcores. They opened with ‘Superchrist’ which at the time was a song that they’d just written and wasn’t known by anyone outside the bootlegging community or those people who attending shows earlier that month in San Francisco. Come to think of it, it’s not widely known even now. That set the tone for the entire set, he played for his fans and he wasn’t fussed about crowd pleasing. Arrogant and selfish? Yeah probably but I didn’t care, those are the songs I wanted to hear.

    …and Phil, how the the heck have I missed that song? I’ve never heard that before in my life!


    >They’re just one of those bands that have that Marmite effect.

    They make everything brown, sticky and inedible?

    Seb Patrick

    Any Christmas compilation needs this.
    If it doesn’t have it, I’ll add it.


    Ahh Jo, I love Marmite too! It makes every meal better!


    >…and Phil, how the the heck have I missed that song? I’ve never heard that before in my life!

    I assume you mean that in a good way, and if so…then I’m pleased to have made a fellow Mega Man fan happy. :) (Street Fighter X Mega Man one week from today! Early xmas for me!)


    You assume correct sir!

    …and yes, Street Fighter X Megaman looks amazing. Being free just makes it even sweeter!


    There’s only one thing better than a Dr Buckles song, and that’s Dr Buckles doing a Bob Dylan impression.

    And Bowie.

    And Eno as well (hello).


    Smashing Pumpkins. Love most of Infinite Sadness and have listened to it lots of times over.

    Can’t get into any of their other stuff at all. But for Cupid De Locke alone I deem them worthy.


    I can hear “Duquesne Whistle” blowing out the stereo upstairs. I love the whole of Tempest, but that first track is my current favourite.

    Just to prove my cred when it comes to Bob Dylan :D


    Not to hijack the thread or anything, but I did a (probably too) lengthy essay on the closing track of Tempest recently:

    Noiseless Chatter Spotlight: “Roll On John,” Bob Dylan (2012)

    Wouldn’t normally pimp that here but if you’re a fan of the album (and I’m glad you are!) you might be at least slightly interested!




    I really enjoyed that article, though I have to admit I love most of Infidels and Street Legal (I know the production is muddied to hell, but Changing of the Guards I love wholeheartedly).

    But to get back to the Christmas motif, here’s a song by a band that was overrated at first, then became underrated, and is now an almost entirely different band.

    Hate all you want, but they were brilliant in their prime.


    I totally forgot to add anything from Dylan’s Christmas album, but it is indeed great. His last few releases have been particularly good in fact. I totally agree with the comments on Duquesne Whistle; it’s a massively catchy song.

    John Hoare


    do you like this I can find more


    Here’s my complete Christmas Comedy List:

    Blue Christmas — Porky Pig
    Buttcracker Suite — Bob Rivers
    Carol of the Bartenders — Bob Rivers
    The Chimney Song — Bob Rivers
    The Chipmunk Song — The Chipmunks
    Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire — Bob Rivers
    Christmas Money — Bob Rivers
    Christmas Time In Hell — South Park
    Christmas turkey blues — Arrogant Worms, The
    Decorations — Bob Rivers
    Didn’t I Get This Last Year (1993) (w/Grant Goodeve) (Do You Hear What I Hear) — Bob Rivers
    Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) — Lou Monte
    Down With Christmas — Paybacks
    Few Of My Favorite Things — Bob Rivers
    Flu Ride — Bob Rivers
    Frosty the Pervert — Bob Rivers
    Frosty The Snowman — The Chipmunks
    Grab Your Balls Like Michael Jackson — Bob Rivers
    Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) — The Chipmunks
    Holidaze (S’cuze Me, I’ve Got Gifts to Buy) — Bob Rivers
    Holy Shit, Its Christmas — Red Peters
    I Am Santa Claus — Bob Rivers
    I’m Getting Sued By Santa Clau — Bill Engvall
    I’m Mister Heat Miser — TV
    If Eminem Did Jingle Bells — Bob Rivers
    It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas — The Chipmunks
    Jesus’s Birthday — Bob Rivers
    Jingle Bells — The Chipmunks
    Little Hummer Girl — Bob Rivers
    Merry Fucking Christmas — South Park
    Microsoft Christmas — Bob Rivers
    Mr Mackey Bells — South Park
    Oh Holy Night — South Park
    Oh Holy Night (Shock Version) — South Park
    Over The River And Through The Woods — The Chipmunks
    Parking Spaces — Bob Rivers
    Pokémon — Bob Rivers
    Police Stop My Car — Bob Rivers
    The Real Slim Santa — Christmas Parody
    The Restroom Door Said ‘Gentlemen’ — Bob Rivers
    Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer — The Chipmunks
    Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town — The Chipmunks
    Santa Claus Is Foolin’ Around — Bob Rivers
    Silver Bells — The Chipmunks
    Stan — Christmas Parody
    There’s Another Santa Claus (1993) (Here Comes Santa Claus) — Bob Rivers
    Toy Sack — Bob Rivers
    The Twelve Pains of Christmas — Bob Rivers
    Up On The House-Top — The Chipmunks
    Walkin’ ‘Round in Women’s Underwear — Bob Rivers
    We Wish You A Merry Christmas — The Chipmunks
    We Wish You Weren’t Living With Us — Bob Rivers
    White Christmas — The Chipmunks
    Wreck The Malls — Bob Rivers
    Yellow Snow! — Christmas Parody
    You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch — Whirling Dervishes


    Dug out some of the christmas singles this morning…

    Seb Patrick

    Is that “Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me” in there?


    >Is that “Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me” in there?

    In my lot? Where?

    Seb Patrick

    Towards the top right, there’s a Goodies single. Wondered if it was that.


    Oh, right. No, sorry. It’s ‘Make A Daft Noise For Christmas’.

    Though I haven’t inspected it for years. i don’t know what’s on the b-side…

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