Tom Waits “Christmas Card from a Hooker In Minneapolis” from Cool Christmas (WEA 1993) —Bringing the yuletide cheer - well, the yuletide something. At any rate, it's a terrific song.Buy it!
Joe Tex “I'll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman)” from The Original Soul Christmas (Rhino 1994) —I admit to sometimes being a little perverse in my song connections.Buy it!
The Enchanters “Mambo Santa Mambo” (Rhino 2000) —Getting the dance party started.Buy it!
Pearl Bailey “Jingle Bells Cha-Cha-Cha” from Christmas Belles (Rhino 2000) —Pearl Bailey sounds almost lascivious about those bells.Buy it!
Louis Armstrong “Winter Wonderland” from Now That's What I Call Christma! (EMI/Universal/Sony 2003) —I'm no fan of winter wonderlands, but if Louis sings it, I guess I can accept it.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Winter Snow” from It's Christmas Time Again (stax 1989) —A heart as cold as a winter snow.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Purple Snowfakes” from Blue Christmas (Mojo 2005) —This song was written almost certainly before anybody at Motown took acid - why purple, then?Buy it!
The Ventures “Frosty the Snowman” from Christmas on KYULE 2004 (KYULE 2004) —These guys make everything sound more fun.Buy it!
Darlene Love “White Christmas” from A Christmas Gift For You (ABKCO 1963) —Yeah, I hate white Christmases myself, but it looks like we're stuck with one, so let's let the greatest Christmas singer of them all wax rhapsodic about it.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” from single (online 2010) N —I saw him do this on the Colbert Report last week - the samples were muddy on TV, but it all works better on record.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Silver Bells” from Christmas in the Heart (Columbia 2009) —I proudly say that I love this record.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Christmas Time Is Here” from Merry Christmas (Everso 2010) N —A bittersweet, beautiful version of the Charlie Brown Xmas classic.Buy it!
Cyrus Chestnut “Linus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Atlantic 2000) —I'd say if you're under 55 years old, this song is practically a part of your genetic make-up. Nice version.Buy it!
Wizzard “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” from Christmas A Go Go (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —A perennial English holiday fave, but I like it, too!Buy it!
Chris Stamey & the dB's “Christmas Time” from Ho Ho Ho Spice (Volunteer 2003) —This never became the standard for the rest of the world that it is in my own world. But I have to play it every year, and have done so for something like 25 years.Buy it!
Rooney “Merry Christmas Everybody!” from Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah (Warner Brothers 2004) —I wish I had the Slade version, but it continues to elude me no matter how many compilations I acquire. But this is a nice version.Buy it!
Marty Staurt “Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues” from A Very Special Acoustic Christmas (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2003) —"Lost my favorite reindeer in a hurricane." Poor Santa.Buy it!
Suzy Boggus w/Delbert McClinton “Baby It's Cold Outside” from Deck the Halls (Compadre 2003) —A nice country take on this perennial.Buy it!
Rough Shop “This Silent Night” from Just Because It's Christmas (Perdition 2009) —A beautiful and sad John Wendland song, sung beautifully by Steve Carosello.Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” from The McGarrigle Christmas Hour (Nonesuch 2005) —In the McGarrigle/Wainwright family, you sing about your life. That's just the way it is.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” from Acoustic Christmas (Columbia 1989) —My most favorite version of a favorite carol.Buy it!
Meat Wad & Neko Case “Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking” from Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas (Williams Street 2009) R —Very quickly it's become a holiday classic.Buy it!
Canned Heat & the Chipmunks “The Chipmunk Song” from Legends of Christmas Past (EMI 1992) —This is 1968, brother,not 1958.Buy it!
The Singing Dogs “Jingle Bells” from Ultimate Christmas Album Vol. 3 (Collectables www.oldies.com) —Don't challenge me with messages on the website saying we won't play something - I like this record.Buy it!
The Royal Guardsmen “Snoopy's Christmas” from single (iTunes 1965) R —Cat bought this on Itunes just to fulfill a request.Buy it!
The Marquees “Christmas in the Congo” from Cool Yule (Rhino 1988) —See, everybody just wanted American culture back in the day.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Back Door Santa” from Original Soul Christmas (Rhino 1994) R —I ain't like old Saint Nick, he don't come but once a year.Buy it!
King Diamond “No Presents For Christmas” from Best of King Diamond (Roadrunner 2003) —The greatest comedian of the 80s.Buy it!
Mega Hurts “All I Got For Christmas Was This Lousy Gun” from A Very Bert Dax Christmas Vol. 3 (Bert Dax Cavalcade Of Stars 2005) —One of Karen Ried's best songs.Buy it!
The Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)” from Christmas A Go Go (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —An essential holiday song.Buy it!
The Kinks “Father Christmas” from Rock'n'Roll Christmas (Rhino 1994) —A song that probably means even more now than it did when it was written.Buy it!
NRBQ “Christmas Wish” from Christmas on KYULE 2005 (KYULE 2005) —A sweet little holiday wish.Buy it!
Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks “Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit” from Crazy For Christmas (SURFDOG 2010) N —This new record is just plain enjoyable.Buy it!
Little Charlie & The Nightcats “It's Christmas Time Again (Spend, Spend, Spend)” from Genuine Houserockin' Christmas (Alligator 2003) —An easy target, to be sure, but this band is so hot, who cares?Buy it!
John Prine “Christmas in Prison” from Christmas on KYULE 2000 (KYULE 2000) R —Masterpiece.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “How To Make Gravy” from Christmas On KYULE 2004 (KYULE 2004) —One of the greatest songs in the world. It gets me every time.Buy it!
Rough Shop “How To Make Gravy” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop Records / Perdition 2009) L —The KYULE CD sounded like crap, so I went to the Rough Shop rendition, which stands up to the original with ease.Buy it!
Brenda Lee “Papa Noel” from Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Decca 1958) —Happy feet.Buy it!
Jackson Five “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” from Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection (Motown 2009) —One of the most exuberant Christmas records ever.Buy it!
Dion “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” from Hot Rod Holiday (THE RIGHT STUFF 1997) —One of them great singers.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Sock It To Me Santa” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —You know, Marshall will be at Off Broadway with the Bottle Rockets backing him up Jan. 19.Buy it!
Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns “All I Want For Christmas Is a Little Bit of Music” from Christmas Party With Eddie G (Columbia 1990) —Keeping the dance mood going.Buy it!
Doris Day “Ol' Saint Nicholas” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —A bouncy and sweet little happy song.Buy it!
Cyndi Lauper “Home on Christmas Day” from Merry Christmas From the Beckers (homemade 2007) —Ed Becker made me this CD a few years back (well, he made it for lots of people, but I got one) - I'm not sure where this song appeared originally.Buy it!
Stompers “Stompin' 'Round the Christmas Tree” from Santa's On His Way (homemade 2006) —I'm not even sure who gave me this compilation, but it's a good 'un.Buy it!
Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from A Christmas Gift For You (ABKCO 1963) —I believe this record is the reason for the season.Buy it!
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