Happy Holidaze

rock_n_roll_santa_claus_card-r0638be0ca88b4218867529d65ce13c0d_zk9yi_324The concept of schizomusica is never more prevalent than at this time of year, with the onslaught of Christmas carols, seasonal songs, and general holiday party anthems, each performance more irreverent and far-removed from the “classic” version than the one before. From rockin’ renditions of solemn religious themes to cheesy strings oozing out normally upbeat, poppy favorites, nothing is safe from a disco version, a punk version, a reggae version, a bluegrass version, a heavy metal version…

So here are some chestnuts – to roast on an open fire or just throw at people wearing silly Santa hats? – that are hopefully fun but not too crazy-for-crazy’s-sake ridiculous. And a few completely original rock ‘n’ roll Christmas concoctions too.

Happy Holidaze!

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I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY – Wizzard

WE THREE KINGS – Book of Love

DECK THE HALLS – Mannheim Streamroller

WINTER WONDERLAND – Cocteau Twins

SLEIGH RIDE – The Ventures

MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON’T WANNA FIGHT TONIGHT) – Ramones

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME – Status Quo

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS – Booker T & The M.G.’s

FELIZ NAVIDAD – Boney M.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW – Aaron Neville

TWISTIN’ BELLS – The Barbary Coasters

ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – Joe Lynn Turner et al.

MELE KALIKIMAKA – Tiki Lounge Troupe

JOY TO THE WORLD – Craig Duncan

MUST BE SANTA – Bob Dylan

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN – Mike Frost Jazz

LITTLE SAINT NICK – Hollyridge Strings

MARSHMALLOW WORLD – The Gravel Pit

WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME – The Shins

JINGLE BELL ROCK – Jeremy Camp

SANTA CLAWS IS COMING TO TOWN – Alice Cooper et al.

THE FIRST NOEL – The Butties

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS – Davie Allan

THE CHIPMUNK SONG – CHRISTMAS DON’T BE LATE – Aaron Crowell

WHITE CHRISTMAS (Guitar Stooge Version) – Iggy Pop

Link to playlist: https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify%3Auser%3Amscholl345%3Aplaylist%3A0SHtAdM5ZYfxQ3lgwJeIj4

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image credits: zazzle.ca; ryegirlnyc.blogspot.com

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That week of infamy (and a playlist to match)

uss_shaw_exploding_pearl_harbor_nara_80-g-16871_2     john-lennon

75 years ago last week, the Imperial Japanese Navy took the United States by surprise and attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing thousands and plunging us into World War II.

36 years ago last week, a deranged music fan named Mark David Chapman took John Lennon by surprise and shot him four times at the entrance of the Dakota apartment building on West 72nd Street in New York City, killing him and plunging us into a world of three Beatles (George Harrison’s passing 21 years later would plunge us into a world of two).

The Pearl Harbor attack prompted President FDR to proclaim December 7, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy.” December 8, 1980 lives in infamy as well. And it turns out Japan actually plays a part in both these infamies. With Pearl Harbor it’s obvious – war and hatred taking center stage. With Mr. Lennon, it’s in the form of peace and love – his widow Yoko Ono, born in Tokyo and by his side from 1968 until his last moments on earth.

Ono’s eccentric, experimental musical compositions decorate albums like Some Time in New York City, Double Fantasy, and Milk and Honey, as well as over a dozen of her solo releases. Her style combined with the general, uh, wackiness of Japan have paved the way for acts like the Plastics, Shonen Knife, Puffy AmiYumi, Perfume, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

So let’s remember Pearl Harbor (oh and some bands that named themselves after it), John Lennon (and the Beatles songs he sang on), Yoko Ono (and the J-pop she inspired)…and some songs with infamy in the title, just to keep things as schizomusical as possible…

Link to playlist: https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify%3Auser%3Amscholl345%3Aplaylist%3A3WH2mqXffNqUfBJAoofOuc

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Photo credits:
USS Shaw exploding (unknown navy photographer)
John Lennon (Bob Gruen)