December 25, 2010

Christmas Mix 2010

If you never noticed how melancholy many Christmas songs are, you'll notice it here...
  1. "Valley Winter Song" Fountains of Wayne, a bittersweet wintertime travelling song.
  2. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2's soundcheck recording, from the first A Very Special Christmas charity album, is my favorite version of this sad Christmas song.
  3. "Baby It's Cold Outside" Ray Charles & Betty Carter, or, as my wife calls it, the almost date-rape song? No means no, Ray!
  4. "Christmas Wrapping" The Waitresses' charming New Wave white-girl rap. Why hasn't there been a romantic comedy movie based on this song?
  5. "Sleigh Ride" Ella Fitzgerald, a terrific Christmas record.
  6. "Have Yourself Christmas Trouble" Mr Fab & The RIAA rearrange all the words of Bing Crosby's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to tell a bleaker story: "Hang yourself up upon the highest bough", "Faithful friends who are dear to us, will be far away"...
  7. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid was the ideal post New Wave supergroup for me, 12 years old, going on 13, for Christmas 1984.
  8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Judy Garland sings it with the original, super melancholy lyrics.
  9. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" Aimee Mann, another hopeful Christmas song.
  10. "Winter Wonderland" Ray Charles' version, as heard in When Harry Met Sally...
  11. "White Christmas" Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, maybe my favorite recording of this song.
  12. "Evil Santa" Bill Murray & Gilda Radner, from the National Lampoon Radio Hour.
  13. "Santa Claus is Coming To Town"[live] One of my all-time favorite Bruce Springsteen performances. Electric!
  14. "Christmas Song" [live] Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
  15. "Let It Snow" Vaughn Monroe, as heard at the end of Die Hard.
  16. "Auld Lang Syne" [live] Guy Lombardo
  17. "Skating" Vince Guaraldi Trio
(I assembled this mix in 2010 but never posted it to the blog until 2011. That's why it's backdated to 12/25/2010.)