Holiday Songs to Spice Up Your Christmas: 5 Spot
We all know how Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” goes. Every single year, it’s back. The song is like a sneeze giving someone a cold. Someone hums the melody in your vicinity, the sensations start to creep and scratch the inside of your throat, and soon after, you’re coughing out the lyrics helplessly. And I’m not saying it’s a bad tune, but if you’re someone who easily grows jaded by the same old cheesy Christmas songs, the ones consistently heard at the mall or by buskers at Penn Station, I’m telling you, you can let yourself chill, put aside those Grinchy feelings, and enjoy this naughty list of lesser-known holiday songs.
1) LCD Soundsystem- Oh You (Christmas Blue)
Sounds Pink Floyd-ish and I’m deeply reminded of Dark Side of the Moon’s “Time.” Interesting enough, James Murphy just came out with a new Christmas song today. The timing’s just right for this one.
2) Flaming Lips- A Change At Christmas (say it isn’t so)
From their EP “Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell.” A song meditating on the “peace and love and mercy” felt during Christmas and hoping none of that will change.
3) The Drums- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
This generation’s Morrissey (The Drums lead singer Jonny Pierce) paired with luscious reverbs and guitar synth.
4) The Raveonettes- The Christmas Song
What a cool tune this is. And here’s a black and white music video of the duo ft. a Jack Wellington pillow. This song made an appearance in the movie Christmas With the Kranks and the show Vampire Diaries.
5) Radiohead- Winter Wonderland
To all of you die-hard Radiohead fans who could care less about what Thom Yorke is singing, because even if it’s mainstream, his falsettos still sound beautiful and angelic to you. This is from the band’s Inside Out webcast springing all the way back from 2002. What’s your take on this new concept: a Radiohead Christmas album?