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12-02-2005, 03:55 AM
Okay... I want to get some new Christmas music, and I'd like some advice. Any santa's little helpers?

Name one Christmas song or CD you like, and one you don't:

LIKE: Leon Redbone, "Christmas Island" -- if you haven't heard him, do. Think mint juleps on the verandah, about 1930.

NOT: Mannheim Steamroller, ... period. Sorry, I tried, several. Not for me.

12-02-2005, 06:46 AM
Father Christmas-the Kinks

Some awful rendition of the Little Drummer Boy that I just heard at Starbucks

Rob :)

12-02-2005, 06:49 AM
One I like: "A Johnny Ace Christmas" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.


One I hate: "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" (aka "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire") by Johnny Mathis.

12-02-2005, 06:52 AM
If I tell you, will you promise not to be mad?


O, Holy Night <<<<my favorite
Walking 'Round in Women's Underwear <<<a spoof on WinterWonderland
and (this came out BEFORE, OK? A long time before)(it has nothing to do with, you know...)
Christmas at Ground Zero


I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

12-02-2005, 06:54 AM
TranSiberian Orchestra--its hard to describe, but they make Christmas music real, again...

12-02-2005, 06:56 AM
Like: Carol of the Bells (With bells only, no vocals)

Dislike: Any new song by current artist (i.e.: Jessica Simpson, Destiny's Child, etc.,) They seem to try too hard.

12-02-2005, 07:31 AM
I really like the Brian Setzer Orchestra Boogy Woogy Christmas album... its fun and fast moving, I get so tired of all the slow moving plinky christmas stuff, I want to celebrate, not be put into a geriatric home.

CLick on http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00006J48Q/qid=1133494047/sr=8-7/ref=pd_bbs_7/102-7322256-1078542?v=glance&s=music&n=507846 and listen to the first 30 seconds of Jingle Bells, see if it doesn;t get your toes tapping!

Dislikes - slow plinky stuff, plus manneheim steamroller just sounds too fakey, little-kid casio synthesizer for me.

12-02-2005, 07:32 AM
Like: Brian Setzer- anything of his- it all has that boogie zing

Dislike: Christmas mu-zak

12-02-2005, 07:38 AM
Like: TransSiberian Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr's holiday cd, Charlotte Church's Christmas thingie, and beleive it or not, Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis."

Dislike: Any Christmas song by Michael Bolton, Kenny G, or Mariah freakin' Carey.

12-02-2005, 07:42 AM
Another vote for TransSiberian Orchestra and one for Carol of the Bells without vocals.

Add A Winter's Solstice by Windham Hill Recordings (a complication by several of their artists).

I've come to dislike virtually all pop Christmas music, particularly the schmaltzy ones about people coming home for Christmas and surprising their families.

Maryn, shuddering

12-02-2005, 07:45 AM
My favorite Christmas song of all time is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Makes me cry, or at least brings tears to my eyes, no matter where I am or what I'm doing.

I absolutely detest the Mariah Carey caterwailing Christmas album.

12-02-2005, 07:54 AM
For whatever strange reason, I adore The Waitresses "Christmas Rap" it cheers me up, and just throws me headlong into the spirit. And Tony Bennet makes me swoon.

Passionately Hate, with a passionate hatred...Chipmunks, and am seriously not fond of "Frosty the Snowman"

Puddle Jumper
12-02-2005, 07:59 AM
Like - Steven Curtis Chapman "Christmastime" album

Not any I know of that I dislike.

12-02-2005, 08:05 AM

LIKE: "Christmas Cocktails" from the Ultra-Lounge series. Cool and Christmassy, in that Dean Martin/George Shearing/Peggy Lee way.

NOT: (oh, well; Mariah Carey's already out) Let's say... Wiggles.

Puddle Jumper
12-02-2005, 08:14 AM
NOT: (oh, well; Mariah Carey's already out) Let's say... Wiggles.
I think the Wiggles look like Star Trek rejects. And what's with the colors? Don't they wear the same colors as the Teletubbies?

Interesting factoid about Teletubbies. When I was in college a few years ago I remember hearing a statistic that the second highest viewership for Teletubbies was college students.

Odd thing was - if I was surfing tv channels and saw them on, I found I would stop and watch them. It was like they had a strange calming effect - which maybe that's why they have such a high college viewership - college students lives are full of stress.

12-02-2005, 09:12 AM
Like: Windham Hill's "Winter Solstice" (George Winston)

Dislike: Jewel's Christmas CD. (Personal reasons only; I liked it at one time, but it has some bad associations for me now.)

12-02-2005, 09:18 AM
Like: any carols by Elvis (always!) or Dean Martin
Disklike: Joy To The World by Mariah Carey

12-02-2005, 09:28 AM

The Klezmonauts: OY to the World! (http://www.oytotheworld.com/joy.mp3) (mp3 file; right-click and save)

Can't stand:

Any Christmas carol by Barbra.

12-02-2005, 09:30 AM
Klezmonauts *and* Streisand? For Christmas?

I want the Itzhak Perlman/Kinky Friedman "Christmas Duets" album!

12-02-2005, 11:41 AM
Inglebert Humperdinck (wonder how many drugs his mom was on when he was born)- White Christmas http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_3_4.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS) Makes me love sick.

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree- Any version http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_15_2.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS)

Away In A Manger- Any Version http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/8/8_2_85v.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS)

My Favorite things- Barbara Streisand http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/11/11_1_211v.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZUxdm080YYUS)

I can't think about one I dislike.

12-02-2005, 11:57 AM
SO DAMN MANIPULATIVE, and yet it still works on me every time. Kills me. So I can't decide if I love it or hate it.

Christmas Shoes: http://www.freedwings.com/christmasshoes.php

An always-favorite: Silent Night.

12-02-2005, 12:08 PM
O, Holy Night <<<<my favorite

My favourite, too! Especially in French!
I love al the old traditionals, ones that are actually about the Christmas message, the birth of Christ. They touch the deepest place inside me.

Don't like all modern Chistmas songs. Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and all the rest.

However, there are some in-between: White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (I loved this song on When Harry met Sally...)

12-02-2005, 04:17 PM
LIKE: Silent Night. Just people singing it.
LIKE: Vince Guaraldi's music for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" -- how can you not?
LIKE: "Heat Miser/Cold Miser" from "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (thanks for the assist, PrettySpecialGal)

NOT: (well, it's not bad, but not great) Harry Connick Jr's "When My Heart Finds Christmas". I keep trying to really like him -- I've got a couple of his discs, and I've seen him -- but something about him just doesn't resonate with me. I can only 'kinda like' him.

12-02-2005, 04:37 PM
I pray on Christmas by Harry

Santa Baby- any version- just cuz it's sexy

I am Santa Claus by can't remember the name of the guys who do it- it's a spoof of Iron Man. Too Cool

Randolph the Rough Nosed Reindeer by Justin Wilson (Gramma's favorite- can't resist it)

12-02-2005, 04:41 PM
Oh, that reminds me:

"Yingle Bells", by Yogi Yorgesson: favorite of my Grandpa and (Swedish) Grandma. "Yingle Bells, Yingle Bells, Yingle all der vey! Should've vorn long undervear in dat vun horse open sleigh!"

12-02-2005, 08:10 PM
Love: Nana Mouskouri Christmas Album

Hate: Little Drummer Boy (doesn't matter who did it)

Lyra Jean
12-02-2005, 10:06 PM
Love: Traditional Christmas hymns when they are sung as hymns
Alvin and the Chipmunks and Mannheim Steamroller
Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Carol of the Bells (haven't heard the version with vocals yet).
Santa Baby and pretty much every spoof song about christmas.

Hate: Any song involving snow (I live in Florida if people here wanted to have a winter wonderland we would move.) Anything modern aka rock singers

12-03-2005, 04:34 AM
Love: Mannheim Steamroller; "Snowmiser/Heatmiser"

Hate: "Blue Christmas" by Elvis