Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last Christmas

Dearest Friends, you may recall that last Christmas Santa FiL got a bit too full of seasonal spirit(s) and utterly disgraced the red suit. It's true. However, I'm relieved to say that this year he's stayed off the egg nog. Well, not entirely, but he hasn't dissolved his brain in it. That said, there's still Christmas itself to get through, and a bottle of medicinal vodka in the freezer. Just in case...

Peter & The Test Tube Babies - I'm Getting Pissed For Christmas (buy here or e-here)
Dwarves - Drinking Up Christmas (buy e-here)
Lord Beginner - Christmas Morning The Rum Had Me Yawning (buy here)

Speaking of last Christmas (WARNING: FACILE SEGUE ALERT), what about that damn song?? Truth be told, with a skinful in me I can just about appreciate the campy cheesiness of the original by Messrs Ridgeley & Michael. But hearing its insipidness while sober and in a retail establishment in December makes me want to do unspeakably harsh things to shop mannequins. What surprises me, however, is the sheer number of cover versions there are out there of this tat. And while some of them are as bad (if not worse) than the original, I've actually come across a few that, erm, are quite good, actually...

Gordon Campbell - Last Christmas (buy here or e-here)
No, not the Premier of BC (at least I think so), but a devotee of the pan pipes. God, how I hate pan pipes. I'm convinced that there's only one Peruvian pan-pipe band in the whole world, but it follows me around everywhere I go, tormenting me on random street corners. But I digress - and I listen with prejudice. OK, this is the only truly awful version here, promise...

Le Sport, Montt MardiƩ, & Mr Suitcase - Last Christmas (no idea where to find this)
If you're off to Ibiza for a bit of a Chrimbo boogie, you might very hear this one. Loungey & housey all at once. Methinks the vocalist must have very tight underpants. Actually, all three of them are Swedes.

Animal - Last Kristmess* You Burst All My Warts (download it and others here)
Oboy, this is reeeealy something special. All skippy and trippy and jagged and ragged. Truly glorious in its abomination.

The Revolvers - Last Christmas (buy here)
These German punx rock! Dearest Marcy put it up already last week, but I love it soooo much you're going to get it again!! In fact, she's got a few other Last Christmases up, including a very good one by Jimmy Eat World. Please drop by!

Punk People - Last Christmas (buy e-here)
Mysterious cover artistes. Chugs along rather nicely (if predictably) & does exactly what it says on the tin - wuntoofreefwarrr!!

And if you want more covers, pop on over here.


mjrc said...

i don't think it's possible to have too many versions of this song. am really looking forward to the one sung by the fella in tight underpants.

this is kind of funny. my 9-yr-old daughter and i were listening to the jimmy eat world version the other day and she asked whether the song was written by a man or a woman, because it seemed to her that it was more girly than boyish--the part where he says "this year, to save me from tears, i'll give it to someone special". i said, no it was written by a man, but i could not decide how to elaborate/explain about mr. michael. methinks that would be tmi for a young one such as herself. although truth be told, she's pretty damn perceptive! *sigh*

ally. said...

there should always be an emergency bottle of vodka to hand. be prepared sunbeam!

Anonymous said...

what the fuck is egg nog
matt, worksop, england

FiL said...

Indeed, you've a very perceptive youngster Dearest Marcy. TMI? I don't think so. We've been very clear with both Little Man & Darling daughter that there are several permutations of boyfriends & girlfriends, all equally valid. They've just taken it on board and accepted it, which is exactly what we'd hoped would happen.

Thanks for the encouragement, Dearest Ally!

Worksop Matt, egg nog is gross. :)

mjrc said...

are there actually eggs in egg nog?

re: the wee one and tmi--we, too, have always been very clear on all the permutations of girls and boys' relationships. but i guess i didn't know quite how to get into it without complicating the issue. stereotypes and all that gender-related stuff about male/female tendencies and such. so i left it at the basics!