November 20, 2007

The Christmas Party

We’re almost one month away from the big day—what’s in store for 77 Santas? The second week of December will be a country Christmas. No, not Toby Keith or Kenny Chesney—we’re talking the likes of George Jones, The Louvin Brothers, and Charley Pride. Real country. And of course we have lots more—like 500 songs—to cull from. And remember, we’re always open to requests—as long as you’ve been nice and not naughty.

Reindeer Boogie – Hank Snow
Here’s a little preview of our upcoming country Christmas. And, starting Friday, be sure to check out Big Rock Candy Mountain—each year, the blog has delivered some great country Christmas tunes.

Joy to the World – Clem Snide
A sparse, haunting rendition of this traditional song—nothing else expected from Clem Snide, who did some great reinterpretations of songs. Check out their cover of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” if you don’t believe me.

The Christmas Party – The Walkmen
I love the voice-over throughout this song. This jangle, sloppy version captures the excess and chaos of a Christmas party.

One More Sleep ‘Till Christmas – The Muppets
Kermit and the gang breeze through this holiday song from A Muppet Christmas Carol, which is underrated in my book.

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis – Neko Case
Is there a better way to follow-up The Muppets? In a few days, we’ll post a live version by this song’s original singer, Tom Waits. Keeping him in mind, this song chronicles a pregnant prostitute and her sad yet occasionally funny melodrama—now that I think of it, perhaps I should have posted “Green Sleeves” today considering that song’s history. No matter—this isn’t really a Christmas song, but anytime to hear the stunning and beautiful voice of Neko Case is enough to post this song.


Anonymous said...

I agree that the Muppet Christmas Carol is underrated, but it cannot compete with the Muppet Family Christmas, that 45 minute gem which used to be on tv annually when I was a kid. You know, all the Muppets at Fozzie's mom's farm for the holidays? I have it memorized. Do you have any of those songs?

JV said...

Wow, that's a great Christmas special. I believe--and I'll have to check on this--that my cousin Travis owns this. Travis is almost exactly like Cousin Mose from The Office, except rather than horticulture, Travis is obsessed with Christmas. Anyway, I tried my best to track these songs down and have no luck. But the season is long yet. I may be able to find and will certainly try.