Posts tagged ‘X-Mas Files 2009’

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Christmas at K-Mart”

“I musta died and gone to heaven, cause hell is Christmas at the 7-Eleven…”

Known as “the Lenny Bruce of the Blues,” Root Boy Slim recorded six albums and allegedly got a $250,000 recording contract based solely on “Christmas at K-Mart.” Worth every penny, I’d say.

December 9, 2009 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Feliz Navidad”

The Jose Feliciano classic. I live for those horns every year. This song swings and rocks.

(Fair warning: I will someday own one of those light programming machines and bore you every year with my own choreography to obscure X-Mas tunes.)

BONUS: Debbie Harry covers “Feliz Navidad” with Spiraling. They give it a cool Blondie vibe.

December 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses

This is an xmas tune that I sorta rediscovered a couple years back; I always knew it was out there, but I never recognized its awesomeness till I sat down and gave it a close listen. A snide yet heartwarming story of “missed connections” with a happy ending, a detached vibe that belays the need for human interaction, and the horns. Oh yes, the horns.

(It’s also another tune with a horrific cover by a Radio Disney standby; avoid the Miranda Cosgrove version at all costs. The Donnas have a cover too but it has no horns, and thus, isn’t quite as good.)

December 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm 1 comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

I had never seen this video; clever, Mariah. Clever.

December 6, 2009 at 7:01 am 1 comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Happy Birthday Guadalupe,” The Killers

The Killers’ 2009 holiday single is damned catchy; soaring mariachi pop. All proceeds from “Happy Birthday Guadalupe” go directly to the (RED) Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs, with a focus on the health of women and children. Buy it at Amazon.

December 5, 2009 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Back Door Santa”

In honor of my colonoscopy today:

(This version is new to me; it kicks relative ass. However, the original Clarence Carter version on Stax is where it’s truly at, but it wasn’t on YouTube. Seek it out.)

December 4, 2009 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

25 Songs of X-Mas: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Broooce

Inspired by my toddler who discovered this tune on our local holiday radio station yesterday and excitedly exclaimed the second I walked in the door last night, “Daddy! Daddy! We heard Bruce!”

December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

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