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My list of Holiday songs

I wanted to shy away from the common traditional fare like “White Christmas”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Silent Night” and the like.


“Hula Holiday” by Rockapella: I could have gone with something from “Out Cold”, but I picked something off the “Bash!” album. I love this song! It’s so relatable. Ok, so I’ve never been to Hawaii or left the continental US. But I like the theme of celebrating Christmas in a warm climate. I like this song more than their other song about the same subject “Island Christmas”. That is a chill reggae groove. To me “Hula Holiday” just seems more fun. Barry Carl does a good impersonation of Santa with his deep bass voice. I’m not opposed to a “partridge in a palm tree”. I’d really like to see that. This is a good song to listen to during a heat wave in the summer.


“Oi to the World” I chose the No Doubt cover version. Which lessens my punk cred, but how much punk cred do/did I have by listening to No Doubt? It’s cool I’m familiar with The Vandals. I like “Pizza Tran” and “I got a Date”. For some reason my friend who was not into No Doubt really liked that song. We sang it at the senior picnic as a joke. I remember when they debuted it at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 1997 which I had recorded their set off the live broadcast off the radio. If I could not see Gwen hearing her was just as good. This song used to be very rare. It was only on the “A Very Special Christmas Volume 3” for a long time. Then they released it on their “Everything in Time” album. During the show she mentioned it was a Vandals cover song. 


The music video is pretty good too. I remember the first time I saw it. I was on a creative sugar high. That night I was eating nothing but Gummi Savers and mini M&Ms in the canister. Me on a No Doubt and sugar high made me doubly excitable. I saw the video on ABC’s “In Concert” I really regret that I did not tape that off the tv. Since I was on such a high I was not sure if I had really seen this video or that I dreamed I did. Sometimes I dream about made up music videos.

“Father Christmas” by The Kinks it’s an old song. I think it’s the oldest on the list. I first heard this song when I was like, I don’t know, eight? That was back when I still believed in Santa. When I first heard the song it disturbed me. I'm pretty sure I didn't really understand what they were really singing about back then. When I got older and more jaded the chorus made me laugh. I think I like the concept of kids harassing Santa for money.

“I Won’t be Home on Christmas” by Blink-182: I like their sarcastic look at the holidays. It’s true you have to be nice to the people you can’t stand all year.

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” I could have gone with “Christmas at Ground Zero”, but that song has sort of lost its meaning. It’s not a bad song by any means though.

“12  Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers. I first heard this song while listening to the Dr. Demento show. My favorites mentioned were five months of bills, Facing my in-laws, and no parking. Around the time I started listening to the Dr. Demento show was when I started to become more cynical about Christmas.

There were also local comedy songs played on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ. They even had Christmas CDs. Those were a hot item at my high school. There were songs like “Christmas Time in the 909” which is really a local subject matter, and may be lost on people who are not from the area. The 909 is the area code for the Inland Empire
which is an area that borders the Los Angeles area suburbs. Kevin and Bean like to poke fun at that location and say that the people there are more "hillbilly" like. The titles usually related to current events like "No Toys for OJ", or the titles had sexual innuendo like “Santa’s Swingin' Sack” or “Swallow My Eggnog”. There were tracks on that CD that were not songs,  they were greetings or skits.

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pikachulover Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

@Barry I wanted to mix it up a bit with some more obscure songs, and novelty songs.

BarryBgb Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 06:59 PM

I love that you put a Weird Al Christmas song on there. I love both of them. "12 Pains Of Christmas" too. I'm not familiar with the others though.

pikachulover Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 02:40 AM

@Hoju After the Cold War and 9-11.

Vaporman87 Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 09:30 PM

"...got tired of always gettin' tha raw deal... somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain"

Hoju Koolander Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:49 PM

I think you made the right choice with "The Night Santa Went Crazy". "Christmas at Ground Zero" is less relevant since the Cold War ended.

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