Holiday music for people who hate holiday music.

I’ll start right off the bat with a confession. For most of my life, I hated the holiday season. Couldn’t stand it. Being raised by two parents,one abusive, the other mentally unstable, with the nearest relatives 500 miles way, meant they were to be endured,not celebrated. Don’t get me wrong, I got toys, I had a roof over my head,it could have been worse. But fighting, arguing and screaming tended to put an icing on the holiday cakes that made them hard to swallow.

Flash forward  a decade or so, and I spend most of my holidays working retail. I could write chapter and verse about how much working registers during Xmas will utterly destroy your faith in humanity, but that’s not the point. I spent those months having my ears destroyed by the dulcet  tones of everyone from RuPaul to Garth Brooks crooning about happiness. Meanwhile I’m getting berated for not having Down Periscope on Blu-ray..

It took years of being married to a woman with real family and having kids for me to get any Xmas spirit whatsoever. But the problem of holiday music still remained. Years of driving up through Wisconsin some years have left me with utter hatred of “Blue Christmas” by Elvis and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee, because after 4 PM, that’s all they play.

So what to do? Thankfully, the Internet saved me. A decade or so ago, I joined a list for fans of the Bordertown anthologies and novels. Never read them? They’re truly where Urban Fantasy as we know it begins. But one lady put together a mix of “loud” and “quiet” holiday music for people, and I got it put to disc. (Thanks Cat, where ever you are) It’s become a tradition in our family, and I’ll share it with you. Bear in mind, some are NSFW, and I’m adding a couple of personal favorites at the end that definitely aren’t, and are only for when you’ve really had it with family and shopping. Enjoy. And if you don’t like any of this, go tell Gail Martin, she started it.

PS. I’ve provided Youtube links where I can.

Cat’s Xmas Mix:

A-Souling- Lothlorien

I Believe in Father Christmas-Emerson Lake & Palmer

Christmas in Hollis-Run DMC.

St. Stephen’s Day Murders-Chieftains & Elvis Costello

A Christmas Carol-Tom Lehrer

Christmas Eve Sarajevo-Trans Siberian Orchestra

Christmas At Ground Zero-Weird Al Yankovic

Christmas in Prison-John Prine

Christmas Night of the Living Dead- MXPX

December is for Cynics-The Matches

Father Christmas-The Kinks

Christmas Wrapping-The Waitresses

Fairytale of New York-The Pogues(MY FAVORITE XMAS SONG EVER!)

Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin-Christmas Jug Band

I Won’t Be Home For Christmas-Blink-182

Oi To The World-No Doubt

A Gun For Christmas- The Vandals

I Did It For The Toys-Dance Hall Crashers

Just Like Christmas-Low

Christmas is a pain in the Arse-The Accelerators

The Christians and The Pagans-Dar Williams

The Night Santa Went Crazy- Weird Al Yankovic

Bonus Tracks:

The Season’s Upon Us-Dropkick Murphys

Zat You, Santa Claus?-Buster Poindexter

Silent Night-Bad Religion

And for those in a really bad Xmas mood…

Santa Claus Is A Fat Bitch-Insane Clown Posse.

Hope this helps!

One thought on “Holiday music for people who hate holiday music.

  1. Cool choices, I got a handful of these on my winter Solstice playlist. Have you heard Tim Minchin’s “White Wine In The Sun”? Not just a cool song for his (then) new baby girl; any money made on sales during Nov, Dec, & Jan go to the National Autistic Society.

    I hope Greg Lake and Keith Emerson are somewhere jamming together. This is a fave of Greg doing “Father Christmas” live from 2005, and I love watching his face as he’s playing on this one:

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