Kofi's hat

Kofi's hat

MP3s, music news and reviews, and a sprinkling of pop culture. Named by Aqualung's Matt Hales, after his son.

My Photo
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ink in my blood, a song in my heart. Metaphor is my middle name.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Too Early For Christmas Songs? Bah!

This Santa Claus fellow is married. He is very, very old. He is a father figure, and not even in a George Michael "Father Figure" video sense.

Anyway, I don't think a strong attraction of any kind is responsible for the "screw me Santa!" Christmas song. It seems the real attraction is to the double-entendre, with poor old Santa a mere prop. The lazy songwriter wants someone to toss slutty Christmas-themed double-entendres at, and jolly Old St. Nick seems like the most convenient guy. He's always around at Christmas, and who else can you say that about? The reindeer perhaps, but that's going a step too far for most mainstream songwriters (this is not a bad thing. Also, reindeer tend to stay on the roof, which makes them less convenient targets for seduction attempts.)

"Shimmy Down the Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking)" was released in 2004 though Alison Krauss wrote it with her brother back in 1988. Aging the lyrics didn't improve them, but Krauss' voice remains lovely and strong... even when trying to woo Santa Claus.

Spotting the first Christmas tree lot of the season this evening has inspired the first Christmas songs post of the year 'round here. Sure, the lot still contained pumpkins. It's the spirit that matters, darn it. My Christmas shopping has begun, I have been listening to Christmas songs, and it feels like time to post some.

A few lumps of coal for the naughty boys and girls, and a few treats. Those who don't celebrate Christmas, or just plain dislike it, might like one of these.

All links save one are via Fileden (thanks, Drew); any feedback about it welcome.

Edited: to note that I uploaded the songs again, this time to SendSpace. Would like to keep the links alive longer, and the (regular account) Fileden bandwidth limit is just too low for us (liked them other than that).

Alison Krauss - Shimmy Down the Chimney (Fill Up My Stocking) (available on Shimmy Down the Chimney: A Country Christmas.

Joy Electric - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (available on The Magic of Christmas)

Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman (available on the Snow EP)

Oscar the Grouch - I Hate Christmas (available on A Sesame Street Christmas For the holdouts)

Celine Dion - Blue Christmas (available on These Are Special Times)

Twisted Sister - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (available on A Twisted Christmas. Actually pretty good.)

Al Hirt and Ann-Margaret - Baby, It's Cold Outside (available on Traditional Christmas - Volume 2)

The Partridge Family - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (available on A Partridge Family Christmas)


Blogger Kyle McGaw said...

Great kooky Christmas selection ! I have a great version of Baby It's Cold Outside by Blossom Dearie and the man whose name I do not know but his voice I recognize from all those School House Rocks cartoons that Blossom Dearie also worked on.

7:39 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Thanks! :) The song sounds nifty... it's probably Bob Dorough along with Blossom Dearie.

1:42 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home