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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