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Dec. 11th, 2007

04:26 am - Bah humbug!

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Do you wonder why some people hate Christmas music? 3catsjackson has a perfect little description in this post. Relevant excerpt:

"...being subjected to further interminable Holly Jolly drivel and anonymous reverb-to-eleven choirs singing everydamnthing starting with O instead of Oh and generally trying to make everywhere feel like a church, expect with even more opportunities to buy buy buy."

Yes. EXACTLY.

Me, I have a special hate-on for "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" because when I worked at 5411.com, I would often have lunch in the cafeteria downstairs, which was run by a Korean couple, and during pretty much all of December, they set up a little robotic dancing Mickey Mouse figure who danced to that song... and they left it turned on CONSTANTLY, playing "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" over and Over and OVER again. I think I put up with it because there were no restaurants within what I considered walking distance, and I guess I kept thinking, "They'll tire of it themselves and switch it off soon enough..." That and the job itself sucked enough that the dancing Mickey didn't seem that much worse by comparison.

I do like "Thanks for Christmas", recorded by XTC under the name The Three Wise Men, mainly because [A] musically, Andy Partridge can do no wrong, and [B] I'm the only person in the world who's ever heard of it, so I never hear it unless I play it.

Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Current Music: XTC - Stupidly Happy

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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 11th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I learn to tune out overdone Christmas music. But when they change the lyrics for commercial purposes, it's nails on a blackboard.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 12th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
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During dinner earlier tonight, some commercial for cars or soap or insurance or something played a jingle about their product to the tune of "Carol of the Bells" and YES, you are CORRECT, sir. In fact, now that I think about it, I'd say "Carol of the Bells" is the worst, most annoying song to use in such a fashion.
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From:kagur
Date:December 11th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I have the same hate-on for New Kids on the Block. I worked at the Wherehouse, and that was the year their Christmas album came out. In order to boost sales, we had to play it over and over again. Ugh!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 11th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Good point. Mannheim Steamroller and TSO don't tend to be played in department stores, so they don't get overplayed.
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From:wildbilltx
Date:December 11th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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"Thanks for Christmas" is a great song, along with NRBQ's "Christmas Wish" it's one of those rare goodies I play every time around this year.

I'm so tired of "Rockin Around" and all the lame covers of it. Brenda Lee made many good-to-great recordings during the late 50's-early 60's, its a shame thats one of the few songs most people know about her now.
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From:timmowarner
Date:December 11th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
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I have no problem with Christmas music in general, but I HATE Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.

I also generally hate modern covers of classic Christmas songs when there are already much better versions to play.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 11th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I don't mind a fair bit of Christmas music, even cheesy Christmas music I seem to like (the softy in me coming out?), I have a few songs in my collection that if they weren't Christmas songs would be nowhere near my house. A couple of examples, the *only* piece of music I have by Britney Spears (yes, Britney Spears, you can start hating me now) is her rendition of "Santa Can You Hear Me?", a cheesy song to begin with. And one of the songs on my Christmas CD is "We Need A Little Christmas" by Percy Faith, the musical equivalent of the cheesiest Christmas special imaginable (and has probably been used for the soundtrack in several of them, which I at least don't watch (except for the animated Grinch. That one rocks.)) But I like it enough to not only have it on the CD, but for me to put it on the coveted #1 track position.

A couple I have on there for more sane reasons, I have "O Holy Night" because it always reminds me of my Uncle Norman, who would sing it in several Christmas family gatherings and he has a great voice for it (I got my singing genes from my never-singing Dad's side of the family, not Mom/Norman's) - the version I have is Jim Nabors, because he also has a good voice for it (as everyone knows, he doesn't sing like Gomer Pyle)

I do, however, have enough sense to hate "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree", however it does remind me of a time I won a radio contest many years ago - they had a contest where they play two songs on top of each other, and the first one to correctly identify both songs won. The day I got through was Christmas Eve, so the songs I correctly identified were RAtCT and some Neil Diamond Christmas song I've thus forgotten. (I'm guessing that because it was Christmas Eve the phone lines were easier to get through.) FTR, and I'm sure everyone can agree, RAtCT is not NEARLY as bad as the Chipmunks' Christmas song (or anything by the Chipmunks!)

It's interesting that you and 3catsjackson brought up the point of Christmas music trying to make everywhere sound like a church, even though I'm a Christian I fully agree that it's happening and it's wrong. (I mean, if a radio station played a song that talked about Jesus being born to save our sins in August, there'd be a huge outcry. So why is it OK in December??) To make matters more bizarre, my church, which is quite conservative, has played (and had the congregation sing along) "secular" Christmas music (Jingle Bells, Walking In A Winter Wonderland, etc.) during our annual Christmas candlelight dinner, but no other time, not even in church services leading to Christmas.

OK, I've posted more than my 2c worth, I'll shut up now.
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