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Tuesday, December 14

Your Christmas Rock CD

Good day. Because I can not get to all of you with patented Lono Christmas Rock 2004® CD, I am going to let you in on a set list. I have been collecting and compiling Christmas rock for about five years now, and have it down to a satisfying and diverse 15 songs or so. So, let's begin.

1. Happy Xmas, War is Over - John Lennon
2. Wish I had a River - Joni Mitchell
3. Feliz Navidad - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
4. 12 days of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie
5. Deck the Halls - Ottmar Liebert
6. Father Christmas - the Kinks
7. Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen & the E St band
8. Baby Please Come Home - U2
9. The Chanuka song - Adam Sandler
10. Santa Baby - Louis Armstrong with Earha Kitt
11. Let me Sleep, it's Christmas Time - Pearl Jam
12.Blue Christmas - Elvis
13. The Piano has been Drinking - Tom Waits
14. Do they know it's Christmas - Band Aid
14.Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry
15. Linus & Lucy - Vince Guaraldi

Obviously this isn't all inclusive. I have about 80 files of various christmas-ness. This list is meant to be diverse. There is jazz, a bit of classical, an homage to our Jewish friends, and of course Elvis. Certainly add you own ideas at the bottom. The order of the playlist is pretty flexible, with the exception of #1 and #2. Those have to be there. Trust me.

The variations just on this list are nearly infinite. There are about 8 different rock and roll versions of 'Run Rudolph Run, but I find Berry's to be the definitive one. Elvis has three different Christmas CDs on the market (trust me, I have two of them) and frankly any Elvis song can be interchanged. This was the old pilled up and wasted Elvis, so I find them all pretty amusing. As for the Band Aid song, I am referrring only to the first one. There are at least 3 different variations on the Sandler 'Chanuka song' as he updates it every few years. You will have a tough time finding that Big Head Todd version of Feliz Navidad, but it is worth looking for. I got it as a mailer from my friendly local Clear Channel outlet here in Denver (Big Head Todd is from Denver, see) from KBCO last year. The Tom Waits song? True, it has nothing to do with Christmas technically. However, give it a listen and tell me it doesn't remind me of drinking with your relatives in some bizarro environment.

The Eatha Kitt 'Santa Baby' is certainly not rock, but the best Christmas song ever written. You are forbidden from making a holiday compilation and not using that track.

In closing, I should warn you. There is a glut of bad Christmas stuff out there. Here is your first hint, anytime any band for any reason makes an entire Christmas CD - stay away! Only Elvis is allowed to be that self indulgent. The NOW folks make Christmas Cds, but are always more pop than rock.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

list doesnt have this barenaked ladies/ sarah mclaughlin version of we 3 kings. Its a must. Oh, and Whams last christmas. I realize my manhood just went out the window. I am ok with that.

-john l

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