Monday, December 10, 2007

Merry X-Mix

I may have mentioned my Generation X-mas Mix in the past. I've found it to be an invaluable tool for getting through the holiday season (a phrase similar in construction and connotation to “the flu season”) which begins before the turkey is cold on Thanksgiving and ends long after you've run out of excuses not to bludgeon someone.

There are a few songs notable by their absence. You won’t find Christmas in Hollis here, or Fairytale of New York, or the somewhat spectacular reading of The Night Before Christmas by Henry Rollins from A Lump of Coal. They’re on other Christmas mixes, and this was supposed to fill in the gaps left by my existing holiday music.

Without further ado, the songs:

Christmas, Christmas – Mojo Nixon
Who hasn’t listened to Louie, Louie and thought that it should be a Christmas song? …with women’s prison and a foot fetish? If you aint got Mojo Nixon, then your mix could use some fixin.

Won’t Be Home For Christmas - Blink 182
Two of these songs stay on my iPod all year. When I clear the others, I always wonder if I should keep this one too.

One Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible
I broke my "Not in another xmas mix" rule for this. I love this song.

Hating You For Christmas - Everclear
This is the first of the two songs from this mix that stay on my iPod year round. What does that say about me?

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Every mix needs a novelty song about a holiday hook-up, right? This one has cranberries.

Better Do It Right - Smash Mouth
If I’m gonna do wrong, I’m gonna do it right. This is the other song I keep when I pack the others away.

It’s Christmas - Bouquet of Veal
The most cheerfully offensive 81 seconds of Christmas music ever recorded. This never fails to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step.

Silent Night - The Dickies
Stukas over Christmas Town?

A Merry Jingle - The Greedies
That most annoying of holiday musical traditions, the medley of carols, actually rocks along in an enjoyable way in this version.

Feliz Navi-Nada - El Vez
The Mexican Elvis! Christmas songs need more feedback.

Hooray for Santa Claus - Sloppy Seconds
This is apparently the theme from Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, which is also to blame for the acting career of Pia Zadora. S-A-N-T-A! C-L-A-U-S! Hooray for Santy Claus!

Daddy Drank Our Christmas Money - TVTV$
Because there aren't enough Christmas songs advocating violence against your relatives.

Merry Xmas Blues - Celibate Rifles
Sex Pistols... Celibate Rifles... I see what you did there.

...and this isn't a blues song.

...and it's about 2 minutes too long. If this was live, I'd have thrown a beer bottle right about the second time they pretended to end the song. Wait... why is this in my mix instead of Christmas in Hollis?

Run, Run, Rudolph - Humpers
This is a pretty straight up cover of the Chuck Berry song by a band with a silly name.

Brown Christmas - El Vez
...just like the ones in San Diego. It's the Return of the Mexican Elvis!

Santa Claus is Smoking Reefer - Squirrel Nut Zippers
If they aren't ashamed of this recording, they should be. Not because of the song, but because of their lame ass talky segue into the song.

Oh Come Ska Ye Faithful - Celestial Image
Oh, that is so not ska. It is oddly catchy in a spacy Wurlitzer/toy keyboard/synthesizery kind of way though.

I'll dig up links if I can find them.


Writeprocrastinator said...

"If you aint got Mojo Nixon, then your mix could use some fixin."

Gaahhhhhhh! Now "Punk Rock Girl" will be in my head for the next thirty minutes and I don't even remember one-third of the lyrics!

BeckEye said...

Is Mojo Nixon still alive?

lulu said...

El Vez puts on the best Christmas show ever. I've seen it twice and it totally changed my anti-Christmas mood. He's Godlike.

Doc said...

I would love a run down of what you keep on your iPod all year. I need a boost into Xmas, and it sounds like you have got one.


Johnny Yen said...

I heard the Celibate Rifles for the first time today, on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius Radio. Big thumbs up.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Merry Christmas, Emily," a Cracker's David Lowry's homage to spending a dysfunctional Christmas in Los Angeles with a dysfunctional girlfriend.

"Emily, from a good family
They fucked up your head
And sent you to me..."