Since I’m finished with finals (yeah!) and I’ve been tagged by in limine… I give you: Dave’s Top 5 Holiday Songs!
5. AKIM & The Teddy Vann Production Company – Santa Claus Is A Black Man
I found out about this masterpiece on an episode of Fresh Air which featured John Waters and his new anthology CD, A John Waters Christmas. This song is everything you would expect from a John Waters Christmas and more…
4. Sloppy Seconds – Hooray For Santa Claus
This one is a cover of the theme song from “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” which you just have to love. Plus I grew up on punk rock in Indiana, which means you pretty much have to love Sloppy Seconds.
3. The Kinks – Father Christmas
The Kinks were punk rock before punk rock was punk rock. I think they’re under-rated overall, and this song is a definite Christmas classic in my book.
2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Another classic, from another under-rated band. Although MXPX does a pretty good cover, you can’t go wrong with the original. Considering I pretty much hate almost all Irish music, I can’t help but love The Pogues.
And…. *drum roll*…
1. Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad!
If you don’t like this song, you are a Grinch. Sorry, it’s true.
There you have it… my list which is probably skewed towards the non-conventional, but hey, that’s how I swang, yo. Merry Christmas!!!