Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Very Special Sonic Sunday

I'd like to wish Eddie Vedder a very happy 43rd birthday. Age has mellowed him a bit, but he'll still be working that sexy brooding thing well into his 60s, I'm sure.

In honor of Eddie, and my undying love for him, here are a couple of very appropriate tunes.

"U," Pearl Jam - A rare "cute" and simple love song from Eddie. This is the Lost Dogs version, although I prefer the original, which was originally released on the B-side to "Wishlist." I had the song on my computer long ago and ripped it to a homemade B-sides compilation, which plays in my CD player but, for some unknown reason, will not import into iTunes now. Every time I stick the disc in my computer it just makes those annoying whirring and clicking sounds. So, I'm left with the re-recorded version. It really isn't that different, but there was an energy and sweetness about the original that isn't quite the same on this version. I can't really explain it. And a few of his "you's" sound like "yo's." But those are minor complaints, I suppose.

"My Baby's in Love With Eddie Vedder," Weird Al Yankovic - Even though Weird Al kind of rips on Eddie in this one, it's still a really funny song that I completely relate to. In fact, Eddie looks kind of cold in that picture, so I think I'll start knitting him a sweater right now.

And now on to Volume II of My Chris-Mixx!

(Click any link to download the song. Mp3s are available for a limited time, so get 'em while they're hot!)

1. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Bruce Springsteen - The Boss made it cool for rockers to cover Christmas classics, and his is still the best one of all.

2. "Christmas Bop," T.Rex - Sadly, I didn't discover this song until fairly recently. I can't believe that I've been celebrating regular Christmas all these years, when I could've been celebrating T.Rexmas. It's wonderful that Marc Bolan didn't let being Jewish get in the way of writing a totally glam Christmas song. It may be the only holiday tune that references silk jeans and space shoes. It reminds me of something though that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it could be a lost Rocky Horror Picture Show number?

3. "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth," David Bowie & Bing Crosby - I've never particularly liked this song, but this is the one version that is really well done.

4. "A Fairytale of New York," The Pogues - It's a Christmas song. It's a St. Patrick's Day song. It's both! What could be better??

5. "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag," The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Now that Brian Setzer/Swingers/Gap commercial furor has died down, I can appreciate this kind of music again. I think this is one of the most underappreciated Christmas songs, which is a shame because it's a lot of fun to sing.

6. "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams - Like I said before, Andy is Mr. Christmas. That's why he's the only artist who made it to both volumes of my mix.

7. "Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms - Much like Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," this song has been covered a million times, but no one will ever beat Helms's version.

8. "The Christmas Letter," Mad Larry - Friends o' mine that I've probably mentioned before. The two founding members of the band are ex-Bogmen. This song was recorded for the Yule Dogs album last year, which helped raise money for Kristy's Smile, and it's now being featured on a national Radio Shack ad. Since the commercial started airing, I've noticed a lot of people coming to the Mad Larry MySpace page looking for it. It's a really simple, catchy song that will get buried in your brain if you let it.

9. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Knockout Drops - More friends! Also recorded for the Yule Dogs album, I think this was meant to be an outtake because the lead singer, Chris, is kind of goofing off. But, I guess everyone decided to keep it on the record because it turned out to be kind of funny. I especially love the end, where Chris tries to hold that last note but can't quite do it and ends up cracking up. Maybe if he didn't smoke 2 packs of P-funks a day...

10. "Father Christmas," The Kinks - I guess this is really an anti-Christmas song, but just the highly commercialized parts!

11. "Do They Know It's Christmas," Band Aid - From poor kids shaking down Santa for some cash to rich celebs shaking down middle-class record buyers for money to feed poor African kids. How's that for a mix-tape transition?

12. "Christmas in Hollis," Run-D.M.C. - The greatest (and one of the very few) Christmas rap songs. Since I can't really sing, maybe I'll make up my own Christmas rap. "Christmas in Sunset Park" doesn't really have a good ring to it, though. "Up Above the Porn Shop" might work. (Yes, kids, that's really where I live.)

13. "Up on the House Top," Jackson 5 - This was one of my favorite holiday songs when I was a kid. Every time I hear it, I feel like I should be wearing a construction paper red nose. I must have performed it in a school play way back when.

14. "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)," Elvis Presley - If Elvis were still alive today, he would probably change this to "Santa Bring My Baby Back Baby Back Baby Back Ribs."

15. "Snoopy's Christmas," The Royal Guardsmen - I'm not sure what Snoopy fighting the Red Baron ever had to do with Christmas, but the song works. I think we had this album when I was a kid.

16. "Baby It's Cold Outside," Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone - From Elf, a relatively new movie that I've probably already seen more than It's a Wonderful Life.

17. "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Aimee Mann - Hush, hush. Keep it down, now. She'll be home for Christmas.


mellowlee said...

Thanks for the Eddie Vedder song! I'm going to listen to it now. Merry Christmas Beckeye!!!

Lee Ann said...

Have a very Merry Christmas!
Lee Ann

X. Dell said...

Wow. Haven't heard the Snoopy one in a long time. For some reason, I seem to be thinking more about Peanuts lately.

Maybe I'm waiting for Linus to take center stage and explain what it all means.

Molie said...

I love Zooey Dechanel's voice.
There is something about the song in general "Baby it's cold outside" that kind of creeps me out.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Stevie Nicks says, "that elf looks hauntingly familiar."

Merry Christmas Becky and may Santa come through big time, this year!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Zooey Dechanel really can sing. She was such a great surprise in Elf!

Nice list, my friend, I feel all Christmasy now. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

Happy B-day to Ed!

Thanks for reminding me of that TRex song, I love Marc.

Merry Christmas, Becky!

Distributorcap said...

i thought i could go a whole christmas without andy williams


have a great holiday

Beth said...

Brilliant list, girlie! I don't have that T. Rex track ... and I can't wait to listen!

Happy Christmas, fellow Tilbrooker.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Happy holidays Beck! May your new year be filled with monkey love!

Bond said...


Merry Christmas

Moxie said...

On Wednesday I spent a few hours downloading songs from your site as well as Ms. Coffey's. God love ya both for helping me expand my musical horizons. Next Christmas is going to be dope, what with all these new tunes I got. Happy holidaze!

Slave to the dogs said...

Wonderful songs. And I was thrilled to see that Eddie had a cameo in Walk Hard. A fun movie too.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Barron is about to cut the whole Hilton family off and Paris's fortune could go from 100 million to five. LeeLo actually has a crotch of fire. Mischa and Rebecca DeMornay are driving drunk and where is all-knowing, all-seeing Pop Eye?

On vacation.

Remember celebs, if you're gonna do it, wait 'til Becky takes the day off.

Coaster Punchman said...

Merry Post Christmas! Sorry I've been MIA for a while.

I find it unfair that Eddie V is only a year older than me yet much more famous. Bastard.

Perplexio said...

I once had a discussion about Eddie Vedder with a friend of mine in high school. I said, "Is it just me or do Eddie Vedder's eyes look really evil in the video for Jeremy?"

His response was priceless (and thus why I've never forgotten it): "Dude Eddie Vedder's eyes look evil when they're OPEN!"

And with the wealth of Christmas music out there, it's understandable that you can't cover everything in your list but there's a really cool song by Chicago titled Bethlehem in which they have 3 different singers, each one singing from the perspective of one of the 3 wise men. It's an original piece written by grammy winning songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist Bill Champlin (he won grammies for co-writing Earth Wind & Fire's After the Love is Gone and George Benson's Turn Your Love Around, in case you're curious).

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Thanks for this! I love being able to click on the links and listen to the songs.


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