December 12, 2008

Christmas Bells, Those Christmas Bells!

Apologies for the silence on our end. It’s the holidays and sometimes things get busy. Hopefully this will be a weekend full of some fantastic posts. So to hell with talking, let’s start the rocking.

Merry Christmas Baby – Ike and Tina Turner

Let’s kick off today with a rocker. Tina—belt it out for us.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Originally, this song’s lyrics were about rockin’ around the old oak tree. It primarily involved acorns and squirrels at a box social. But a producer suggested some changes. No matter what the lyrics would have been, Brenda Lee would have made them sound beautiful.

Christmas On the Beach – Irene

Seems like a nice place. It’s 30 degrees here but I can smell that salt-water air.

The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes

Each year when I hear this one, it sounds just perfect. This is a highly underappreciated band. Check them out.

Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen

Okay, a few weeks back, I said that I didn’t like hit songs that were altered a bit to fit with Christmas time. Well, I make an exception here. I hunted the radio dial for this song as a kid—it seemed like they rarely played it, and that made when they did all the more special.

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen

Here’s the original. So it’s not about Christmas but it’s still great. 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more...

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