A selection of songs I would very much enjoy hearing at an office Christmas party, that would also make you still look quite cool. By the way, before you worry that I’ve gone INSANE, this isn’t the only Christmas playlist I have. Oh ho ho ho no, I have another one squirreled away, packed full of hits like the Ru Paul Christmas album, the Twisted Sister one, and of course, all the usual good shit like Mariah. I’ll bust that out next week for you to enjoy.
You Tube [they didn’t have my favourite Bootsy track, so I substituted it for an equally excellent one. But on the plus side, they had the version of Tom Waits’s track that Spotify didn’t. Pros and cons!]
Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas
Bootsy Collins – Jingle Belz (AKA Jingle Bells)
RUN-DMC – Christmas In Hollis
The Penguins – Jingle Jangle
El Vez – Feliz Navidad (MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG, AND MY FAVOURITE VERSION. IF YOU AREN’T AWARE OF EL VEZ, CHECK YOURSELF)
Iggy Pop – White Christmas (Is is wrong to be slightly aroused by this?)
The Popes – Christmas Lullaby
Tom Waits – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (I think this is the most perfect Christmas slow dance song)
The Polyphonic Spree – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
Of COURSE, Halloween is my favourite time of year. Except Christmas. It involves skulls, root vegetables, and copious amounts of the Misfits. All the best music celebrates this time of year too, which makes compiling a list very difficult. This is a brief extension of last year’s list, and won’t be appearing on YouTube unless I get a spare two hours.
Surf guitar is one of my favourite things in the world, so here’s a bunch of it. If something glaringly obvious is missing, the answer is; it wasn’t on Spotfiy. I stuck to instrumentals, because much as I love Jan and Dean and all the rest, I think instrumentals are more typical of the genre. Hang ten, dick draggers.
A few weeks ago, my old internet pal and fellow blogger Blair asked me for some recommendations for proper jazz. I’ve been a bit tardy in my response, but there’s good reason; I’ve been seeking the help of an expert. What my step-dad doesn’t know about jazz isn’t worth knowing, but he knows about Spotify is, ahem, slightly less.
It’s been some time coming, but here are a selection of tunes to get you in the mood for Fitzgerald, flapeprs and – well – all that jazz. Sorry I have utterly failed at YouTube today 😦
Phil Spector is a loon. That’s a sad fact we’ve all had to accept. On the other hand, Phil Spector is probably the greatest musical brain this planet has ever seen. Tricky. Unfortunately for me, Ol’ Phil is responsible for just about every single of one my Favourite Songs Of All Time – again, tricky. I’ve been on a real Phil kick this week, so here’s a selection of my favourite songs by the big man. Some covers, some originals, all amazing.
I would have included Unchained Melody, as it’s the best pop record ever written, but so many people are tainted by the Robson and Jerome version and I just don’t have time to sit and write my usual 1000 word essay on why it’s amazing. As with all the Phil songs you’re about to hear, just concentrate on the lyrics, the sounds, the fact that no-one had heard music like it 50 years ago. Mind. Blowing. Keep reading for a bit more info on the songs. A tiny bit.