Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Can't Stop the Revelry


Until now I have been able to avoid it. I looked the other way when Dearest Tart started in on it obscenely early. And I plugged my ears when Dearest Ed started spinning his seasonal discs back at the arse-end of November. But December has ushered in the relentless tyranny of green and red and bells and fa-la-la-la-fucking-la. I cannot escape it and so I grudgingly accept an egg nog latte made with two parts schmaltz, two parts tension, and a diluted shot of cheer.

Christmas is coming.

Let's get one thing straight: I'm no Scrooge. I want it to be all about generosity and kindness and compassion. And I try very hard to make it so. Always have, always will, this year no exceptioin. But what Chrimbo inevitably turns out to be is stress and conflicting expectations and strained diplomacy and arguments and obligatory, joyless socializing and mutually unsatisfying compromise and orgiastic consumerism. Oh yes, the screams to buy buy BUY that are louder than ever this year as the keepers of the capitalist beast shame and guilt and exhort the financially stressed to spend so as to feed their starving pet.

But there is the music. Yes, there's quite a lot of good Christmas music about, in amongst the shite and tripe. Let's have us a bit of music, shall we? Accentuate the positive, and all that.

Maybe this year will be different...

Oscar the Grouch - I Hate Christmas (buy here)
I grew up hanging out with Oscar in his trashcan. Do you think he's the same species as Yoda??

Shrag - Stop the Revelry (I downloaded it here a couple of years ago)
A magnificently bittersour tune from these mighty Brighton artrockers. With parping Chrimbo keyboards to boot!!

The Sonics - Don't Believe in Christmas (buy here)
Vintage Seattle garage rawkers calling it as they feel it.

Jet Boys - Merry Christmas, Fuck You (buy here or e-here)
A younger vintage of Japanese garage rawkers calling it as they feel it.

Velodrome 2000 - Christmas Sucks (buy here)
Defunct Sheffield indiepop outfit flies the anti-hols flag high...

Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire - A Poundland Christmas (buy here or e-here)
Back to the garage with the legendary Wild Billy Childish, with an all-too-relevant tune for this year. But maybe that's just what we need: spend less, give more.

P.S. Now that I've started, I'm sure there'll be more Yuletide music to come...

6 comments:

Agnes said...

Ahh I love Oscar, looking forward to checking this one out!

Scram!

Matthew said...

Phil Ochs - No Christmas in Kentucky, Tom Lehrer - A Christmas Carol.

Beautifully written, FiL, my sentiments exactly. Just me and Mrs. Toad this year, so none of this shit. Might actually be fun for once.

Rachel said...

Ha! Great mix FiL...
I am with you "fa-la-la-la-fucking-la"
;-)

a Tart said...

Ah FiL, thata boy! I knew you'd get in the spirit of it :) And yes, it's about the music... we're not buying stuff this year, at all. Cheers for the mention! xoxox

Tom G. / La Dimension de Trastos said...

Awesome song selection, this one. Pretty much sums up my feelings about Xmas. A tip of the hat.

China said...

Hooray for Billy and Oscar! Oh, and Fil.

I'm a Christmas hater because everyone twists Jesus' birthday out of context and turns it into a big consumer fest, but then, I'm an Atheist who could give a rat's ass about Jesus' birthday, so I go around wishing people a Happy Chanukah and finish up my day as though nothing's different from November. Highly recommend it.