Friday, December 17, 2010

10 Non-Traditional Holiday Songs To Keep You Sane

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Devo: That'll be just the ticket to sanity. - SCREEN GRAB FROM YOUTUBE
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  • Devo: That'll be just the ticket to sanity.

We're all force-fed holiday cheer from Halloween through New Year's, and even if you really, really love Christmas music, hearing the same old standards and modern classics over and over again can begin to fill you with exactly the opposite of holiday cheer. To avoid the monotony of those soft-rockin' jingle-bellin' classics, we present ten non-traditional holiday songs that are actually pretty good.

1. Bishop Allen, "You'll Never Find My Christmas"

This track was released on The Christmas Gig, a fourteen-song album produced by Target and available for free download here. The whole album is worth a listen, but "You'll Never Find My Christmas" is by far the most fun. even inspired a cute Target commercial.

Target - You'll Never Find my Christmas, feat. Bishop Allen from Search Party on Vimeo.

2. Grandaddy
, "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland"

Grandaddy's adorably un-Christmasy-yet-traditional Christmas song was originally released as a promotional single and later appeared on It's a Cool Cool Christmas in 2000. The song was re-written to concern itself heavily with Mr. Parsons.

For example:

"In the meadow we can build a snowman and pretend that he is Alan Parsons
He'll say 'Have you listened to my new band?' and we'll say 'No, but we really like that one song
It goes, 'Time keeps flowing like a river''"

Listen to it here.

3. Tom Waits, "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis"

Really, this isn't a holiday song, per se. Tom Waits essentially reads you a letter billed as a Christmas card — but, it's great, and it has Christmas in the title, so why not?

4. Death Cab For Cutie
, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

Death Cab's cover of "Christmas," a song written by Phil Spector and originally made famous by Darlene Love, was recorded for Maybe This Christmas Tree. The sweet innocence of Gibbard's vocals emphasize the earnest melancholy in the lyrics, making it a very different retelling of Love's original upbeat version.

5. Devo, "Merry Something to You"

Devo just wants to say Happy Holidays and not offend...

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