I may not be the worlds most Christmassy person, nowhere near to be honest, but I’m taking a little seasonal break and thought that a little selection of Christmas songs would be a nice gift to leave you all! I’ve tried to stray off the beaten track to find something a little different, but ultimately this little festive-five playlist consists of Christmas songs that rock my baubles! Enjoy!
See you all on the 28th December!!…………………
1. The White Stripes- Candy Cane Children
Candy Cane Children was released as a single in November 2002 and also featured in the independent holiday-themed compilation Surprise Package Volume 2, released in 1998. The album title is a reference to die-hard fans of The White Stripes, who are called “Candy Cane Children.” The track was also reissued via Jack White’s label, Third Man Records in 2011!
2. The Growlers – Lonely This Christmas
Brooks Nielsen and co. have taken on Mud classic Lonely This Christmas, with the recording stemming from last year’s Christmas show at The Wiltern.
The release is accompanied by a recording from the same show of fan favourite Feelin’ Good, with a choir accompanying the band on both tracks.
3. The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul
Guaranteed to get the ‘bah humbug’ out of any Christmas gathering, this hidden funk gem is a raw slice of Christmas cheer. Though it has a distinctly retro feel, the song was actually released in the mid-90’s by the German collective The Poets of Rhythm, under the pseudonym The Soul Saints Orchestra.
Good luck finding an original though – there were only 250 copies created!
4. Elvis Presley – Merry Christmas Baby
This lesser-known 1971 record has historically been eclipsed by the juggernaut of 1957’s Elvis’s Christmas Album (which sold 20 million copies, and still holds the record for the best-selling Christmas album in history). But Presley’s later effort really deserves more airtime than it gets. The cornball brilliance of his “Silver Bells” is unmatched, and the slouchy, burning blues of “Merry Christmas Baby” with Chet Atkins on guitar, Floyd Cramer on keys, and Charlie McCoy’s harmonica is pure genius.
5. The Sonics – Santa Claus
The Sonics festive offering, Santa Claus, is pure vintage. Musically it could be any one of the songs from their discography with its gruff garage-rock guitar, but the lyrics are the give-away that it’s a Christmas tune. The track appears on The Sonics debut studio album, Here Are The Sonics, which was released in 1965!
HAPPY YULE-TIME AND ENJOY THE GIFT OF GOOD MUSIC…LISTEN, DRINK AND BE MERRY!!!