Its almost here. There’s no escaping. The season of enforced joy is right around the corner. To help get you through, here’s a selection of naughty and nice Christmas-themed songs. (To listen via Spotify and/or follow our Mixtape playlists, click here.)
1)“Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses
Waitresses founder and friend of Mad World: The Book, Chris Butler, told us about throwing this song together for a Ze records Christmas compilation album and instantly forgetting about it. Never officially a hit, “Christmas Wrapping” is now a permanent fixture in the season playlist
2)”Last Christmas,” Wham!
It may have been the season of goodwill to all men but that didn’t stop George Michael indulging inches favorite activities: feeling sorry for himself and hating women. The moment December turned into January, the single flipped over and George really let his bile loose with “Everything She Wants.”
3) “A Fairy Tale Of New York,” The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
Who could have predicted a Christmas perennial would feature the heart-warming lines “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot, happy Christmas your are, I pray God it’s our last”? That’s the magic of the season
4) “2000 Miles,” Pretenders
Don’t think for a second that the sentimental requirements of a Christmas single cause Chrissie hyde to lose her ineffable cool.
5)”Things Fall Apart,” Cristina
From the same Ze Records Christmas album that spawned “Christmas Wrapping” comes this slice of existential crisis from Cristina Monet, the label’s resident jaded socialite depressive. For anyone driven to dead-eyed numbness by the onslaught of good cheer, this is for you.
6) “Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant,” Siouxsie And The Banshees
And speaking of dead-eyed numbness… The loveliness of S&TB’s rendition of this French hymn is hilariously undercut by the clip below where they strive to perform it with out losing an iota of their trademark contempt.
7) “It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas,” Pet Shop Boys
Although they had an actual UK Christmas Number One with “Always On My Mind,” this is the PSB fans-only seasonal song.
8) “Silent Night,” Erasure
From last year’s “Snow Globe” Christmas album.
9) “Winter Wonderland,” Eurythmics
Well, they gave it a shot…
10) “December Will Be Magic Again,” Kate Bush
Weirdly botched release for this typically heady offering. It was supposed to come out in 1979 with expectations of it being the year’s big Xmas song. One year later, it was issued to little acclaim.
11) “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth,” Bing Crosby & David Bowie
It’s great that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are kindred spirits who love and respect each other. But, for me, no May/December artistic pairing has ever been as awkward, agonizing and uncomfortable to watch as this. Just that Bowie line about Hudson the butler makes me wish there was a whole album filled with such moments.
12) “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” Band Aid
The new version’s laudable, of course, but this one actually changed the world for a few minutes.