Has the holiday season got you down? Just heard those same old
holiday tunes so many times they haunt your every moment, and you
can't wait until you can switch the station, even on your XM radio?
I may have found the solution that will put the You back in
YULETIDE, or at least put some Jam in your stockings. I was
wandering among the many living dead shoppers, and I mean billions -
where do they all come from,(okay, just holiday shoppers), and I
found several holiday music cds that definitely put a new spin on
the old, worn, and overplayed holiday tunes. After popping them into
the player, I was instantly gratified to hear songs that rocked,
were of the holiday persuasion, and even made me laugh.
The cds that I discovered were: A Santa Cause (It's a Punk Rock
Christmas), Taste of
Remixed, and Merry
The first ones to start with are excellent, Santa Cause and Taste
of Christmas. These have such joys as songs that are new for the
holidays (Forget December, A cradle in Bethlehem, Miracle of
Christmas, and others), and some old classics done in a new
innovative way (Jungle Bells, We 3 Kings, Last Christmas, Christmas
in Hollis, The most Wonderful Time of the Year, I'll be Home for
Christmas, I saw Daddy kissing Santa Claus, and a few others). While
the new songs were refreshing and of the punk, metal, and hip hop
persuasion, the old classics redone were in the flavor of ska, punk,
metal, and hip hop as well. Definitely tunes that made me smile. The
X12 days of XXXMASX is a must hear tune, combining death metal-esc
sounds with new school lyrics (8 kids a-moshing). Blink 182's
"I won't be home for Christmas" had me laughing so hard I
was swerving down the road for this one with lines like (Christmas
came one night early cause a guy named Bubba unwrapped my package).
They have always had that type of an edge to their music, what with
all the naked running around in their videos.
So many bands on the albums, most of them are definitely new
school; Funeral for a Friend, Amped, Opiate for the Masses, Bleed
the Dream, MXPX, Fall Out Boy, Black Halo's, The Used, From First to
Last, In Memory, Something Corporate, New Found Glory, Saosin, The
Smashup, Bedlight for Blue Eyes, and a lot of other bands. These
albums had St. Nick moshing in my living room this year (some of the
presents didn't make it, so if you got a beat up Xbox, sorry, it
could be my fault)!
Then we get to the mix discs. I have to say there is something
about an artist who can take several songs and make them into a
coherent masterpiece that makes me grin. Especially when the song
was played so much you can sing it in your sleep. Listening to these
songs was like a breath of fresh air. New life for a song that I
thought I couldn't take hearing another time the old way. Tunes like
Bing Crosby's "Winter Wonderland", Lou Rawl's "Have
yourself a Merry little Christmas", and Andy William's
"It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year", have a new
'spin' on these albums. I couldn't wait to get out in my car, crank
up the volume to building shaking levels (with subs too), and annoy
the neighbors with Christmas songs they thought they knew and loved.
Shaking peoples houses with Remixed Xmas songs = FUN for the whole
The albums I am speaking of here are: "Christmas
Remixed", and "Merry Mixmas". Nothing like hearing an
old song with new life breathed into it. It's a Techno Christmas,
these songs will have the dude in red breakdancing by your fireplace
before midnight. My favorite song on Christmas Remixed is definitely
Bing Crosby's "Happy Holidays" the Beef Wellington Remix.
It was three minutes and fifteen seconds of pure audio joy.
So, if hearing those same old tunes on the radio are giving you
the "I can't take another minute of these played out songs, or
I will go out and break all the xmas cds blues", perhaps a dose
of new school flavor will calm your nerves and bring to meaning to