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AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/11/10 2:23 p.m.

anyone familiar with Lord Buckley's "Scrooge"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7dDsYyTlio

and here's the text in case you're not bebop enough to understand him:

http://forum.poetryconnection.net/viewtopic.php?t=20940

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette HalfDork
12/11/10 2:23 p.m.

DIO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZELjIqHQlUY rollins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUgRRYmLvk&NR=1

Marty!
Marty! Dork
12/11/10 6:19 p.m.

Local H - Disgruntled Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q488YuCYc34

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette HalfDork
12/12/10 5:12 p.m.

toots and the maytals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PhqoRiVFAA

bob marley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0nVUs2f1DQ&feature=related

beenie man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYfEZcpcQ0s

lady saw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HR2nBO9zFY

Racer1ab
Racer1ab Reader
12/12/10 5:14 p.m.

How about some Slayer Christmas lights?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFjI7gT1FvI

Gubby
Gubby New Reader
12/12/10 10:48 p.m.

"Father Christmas" by The Kinks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk&feature=related

aeronca65t
aeronca65t Dork
12/13/10 4:46 a.m.

I know everyone is probably sick of ~The Waitresses~ at this point, but I still think Christmas Wrapping is the original, alternative Christmas song.

slefain
slefain SuperDork
12/13/10 8:45 a.m.

This thread delivers.

Rodney Carrington - Redneck 12 Days of Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Ht0KXpZ6c

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter SuperDork
12/13/10 9:28 a.m.

James Brown Soulful Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcQJj7d18eA&feature=related

Clarence Carter Back Door Santa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMj4Q6EVOW0

Otto_Maddox
Otto_Maddox HalfDork
12/13/10 10:24 a.m.
Wally
Wally SuperDork
12/21/10 6:26 a.m.

Probably all NSFW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0gbOJVQyzc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCxACwG7O0Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fdj5m1DEs0

byron12
byron12 New Reader
12/21/10 12:21 p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCg1I84VTaU

Wally
Wally SuperDork
12/22/10 6:26 a.m.
Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette HalfDork
1/12/11 12:50 p.m.

Holy thread revival

In celebration of " little christmas " = when my mom wou;ld buy clearance presents that we could not afford at xmas bob dylan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8qE6WQmNus

slefain
slefain SuperDork
12/7/12 9:42 a.m.

Back from the dead!

How about the Crypt Keeper spreading a little cheer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8A1jDTyxYM

mtn
mtn MegaDork
12/7/12 9:45 a.m.

Kruger Brothers: Bluegrass by way of Switzerland. Listen to their entire Christmas album here:

http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/krugerbrotherschristmas/

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 UltraDork
12/7/12 9:52 a.m.

Old school:

O Holy Night

And get off my lawn!

(Unless you're driving a sleigh)

DukeOfUndersteer
DukeOfUndersteer UltimaDork
12/7/12 9:54 a.m.

Didn't DMX cover "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer?"

ransom
ransom GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/7/12 10:02 a.m.

Elvis Costello and The Chieftains, St. Stephen's Day Murders

Same album, Jackson Browne and The Chieftains, The Rebel Jesus

JohnInKansas
JohnInKansas Dork
12/7/12 10:04 a.m.

Flogging Molly has a decent one, but I can't remember the name of it and can't access youtube at work... I'll post a link tonight.

Edit: of course, as soon as I post, I find it. Wasn't F.M. though, it was "The Season's Upon Us" by The Dropkick Murphys.

ditchdigger
ditchdigger SuperDork
12/7/12 10:08 a.m.

From a brilliant local guy that I have played with a few times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4vv7AXfEQI

Technically a post christmas or even a Valentines day song but Tom says it is a christmas song so I roll with it.

mndsm
mndsm PowerDork
12/7/12 10:19 a.m.
akamcfly wrote: Arrogant Worms - Santa's going to kick your ass

This makes me like Christmas music again. Thanks!

mtn
mtn PowerDork
12/7/12 10:27 a.m.
JohnInKansas wrote: Flogging Molly has a decent one, but I can't remember the name of it and can't access youtube at work... I'll post a link tonight. Edit: of course, as soon as I post, I find it. Wasn't F.M. though, it was "The Season's Upon Us" by The Dropkick Murphys.

Fairy Tale of New York by the Pogues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

dculberson
dculberson SuperDork
12/7/12 12:01 p.m.

The Crash Test Dummies (remember them?) put out a Christmas album a few years back that I still enjoy. It's twisted and dark versions of standards - but they haven't changed the lyrics at all, they just, well, darken the tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icy_lcKebD4

alex
alex UltraDork
12/7/12 12:42 p.m.

We'll get the plug out of the way first - my band's contribution to the genre of slightly goofy country Christmas tunes, recorded last year: Xmas With My Exes

And because December has historically been a rough time of year for my family, this classic's always in my rotation: If We Make It Through December

The Brian Setzer Orchestra tears it up on Jingle Bells - thankfully instrumental, and the only version of this song I can stomach.

Les Brown and His Band of Renown did a killer arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite (which is sort of a Cliff's Notes version of the Ellington/Strayhorn arrangement), which the the BSO also covered, slighly rearranged, and with an arguably better, more modern recording.

Sufjan Stevens has a couple Christmas EP's from the past decade or so, and he just released a 6 CD box set containing even more Xmas material, in addition to a lot of indie weirdness. Some of it's a bit self-aware and precious, a lot of it is really good, some of it is seriously great. Either way, it's refreshing to have a creative artist take on so much of the traditional catalog and do something new with it, because there are a ton of great songs in the catalog that get bogged down in traditional arrangements. Here's What Child Is This Anyway - I'm in completely in love with that synth sound.

For a bittersweet take on some of the classic mid-century catalog, look no further than Aimee Mann's One More Drifter In The Snow. With the exception of "You're A Mean One, Mister Grinch" - in which Grant Lee Philips deftly fills Boris Karloff's shoes - the record conjures the feeling of a slightly lonely night staring at the tree, with family somewhere a bit too far away. The melancholic Jimmy Webb tune Whatever Happened To Christmas (originally recorded by Frank Sinatra) leads off the album. If you, like me, are a huge sucker for clean, tremolo'd Telecaster, warbly Mellotron and lush chord changes, this is your Christmas record.

And while it may not be an "alternative" for a lot of folks, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's soundtrack to the Peanuts Christmas special is the sound of Christmas to me.

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