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Any Major Christmas Pop

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We complete our trilogy of Christmas compilations with this eclectic mix on which we journey from the poptastic piety of The Beach Boys to the Christmas concupiscence of AC/DC’s yuletide offering. It’s a mixed bag of songs which one will not hear much in the malls; not because they are subversive — most songs here aren’t — but because they aren’t the usual standards. And when they are, they are not immediately recognisable; listen, for example, to the delightful Latin-soul of The Whispers’ take on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

You’ll not hear Bill Cosby’s parody of Barry White seducing a lucky laydee for festive luurve-making  in the malls either. It really belongs to the Christmas Mix, Not For Mother collection I made four years ago (DL links were recently updated)

I don’t think Claudine Longet features on many Christmas albums, unlike her ex-husband, the late Andy Williams. Longet’s career was over in 1977 following her conviction for negligent homicide in the shooting her boyfriend, Vladimir “Spider” Sabich.

And isn’t the nostalgia of Kenny Williams’ song more relatable than Bing Crosby’s overcooked yearnings (and, hey, I love White Christmas)?

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and includes home-wrapped covers. PW in comments.

1. Linus – What Christmas Is All About (1965)
2. Mayer Hawthorne – Christmas Time Is Here (2011)
3. Kenny Vance and the Planotones – Doo Wop Christmas (2007)
4. Electric Jungle – Soul Santa (2009)
5. The Poets - Merry Christmas, Baby (1965)
6. Delbert McClinton – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday (1972)
7. John Cale – A Child’s Christmas In Wales (1993)
8. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Christmas Song (1974)
9. The Beach Boys – Bells Of Christmas (1967)
10. Burt Bacharach – The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle (1968)
11. Keith Davis – Let’s Exchange Hearts For Christmas (mid-’50s)
12. Kenny Williams – Old Fashioned Christmas (1973)
13. Margie Joseph – Feeling Like Christmas (1976)
14. The Whispers – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1979)
15. Bill Cosby – Merry Christmas Mama (1977)
16. The Uniques - Please Come Home For Christmas (1966)
17. The Bee Gees – Thank You For Christmas (1967)
18. The Band – Christmas Must Be Tonight (1977)
19. Claudine Longet – I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You (1967)
20. Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas (1997)
21. Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ (1979)
22. AC/DC – Mistress For Christmas (1990)
23. The Who – Christmas (1970)
24. The Kinks – Father Christmas (1977)
25. Die Roten Rosen (Die Toten Hosen) – We Wish You A Merry Christmas (1998)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:58 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Lisa
    December 19th, 2012 at 20:21 | #2

    I may have missed it but looking back over the Christmas mixes, I did NOT see “Kung Fu Christmas” from the National Lampoon Radio Hour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-a2jZ2Al64) or my TWO favorite versions of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” one as done by Olivia Olson in “Love Actually” at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ghkHlthIqM) and one, IMHO clearly influenced by Jules and the Polar Bears, by Mike Viola/Candy Butchers on “Let’s Get Christmas,” one of his EPs (live version at The Fez, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWgftTw4m9I)

    My three favorite “eclectic” choices.

  3. December 19th, 2012 at 22:18 | #3

    I`ve really enjoyed this playlist and I see that there`s lots of xmas material to keep me going through the holidays!

    I was already in the right mood, since I`ve just finished my own playlist. Check it out here (not for downloading, though, just for listening…):

    http://rounduptheusualsuspects.blogspot.gr/2012/12/all-in-my-mind-xii-lets-light-christmas.html

    Merry xmas!

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