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Author Topic: It's that time of year - your pick of 3 obscure Xmas songs  (Read 7472 times)
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2014, 08:11:43 AM »

Hey Santa - U.K. Subs
F**k Xmas - Fear
Silent Night - The Dickies
Merry Christmas I Don't Want To Fight Tonight - The Ramones
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2014, 09:09:31 AM »

Almost everything on the Yule B Swingin releases, especially Louis Prima :Whats Santa Clause Gonna Do When He Sees Everbody Swinging?

Not so obscure that are always brought out for the holidays;  Specter Xmas Gift, Beachboys, Tony Bennet, Do Wop Xmas featuring Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Buffet Xmas, Home Alone Xmas...........so many to hear, so little time.......
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2014, 09:59:47 AM »

Not really obscure, but here you go:

The Roches: The Hallelujah Chorus
Bob Dylan: Christmas Island
Lindisfarne: Winter Song
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« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2014, 08:35:48 PM »

Well, since someone dredged up this topic from last year, I'm gonna do three more obscure picks for Xmas 2014:

Johnny Mathis:  Have Reindeer Will Travel (listen on Spotify)

Rotary Connection:  Christmas Love     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er13cNfTYLQ

Jack Jones-  This Is That Time Of Year      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8xHvfYbPmg
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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2014, 10:09:10 PM »

I don't have any obscure ones, wish I had more to add... but here's a couple I really enjoy that you've probably heard before... if not, enjoy!

Buck Owens - Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
Only Buck could write something like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_LSPB6HyHo

Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December
Merle's typical, almost taken for granted genius.  Sad and beautiful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGDo1Jybs_I


Roger Miller - Old Toy Trains
Written by the great genius songwriter for his young son

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I2KeRtvJ-A

Alabama - Christmas In Dixie
The epitome of a country Christmas song.  Beautiful melody, nice harmony like usual from Alabama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg81vGuZx7k

The Oak Ridge Boys - Thank God For Kids
These guys are always a bunch of sweethearts, what a beautiful song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh9IxGogLrY


and 1 non-country one I haven't seen mentioned yet, one of my favs

The Waitresses - Christmas wrapping

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SzjDOk_u9I

None of them are obscure but that's all I got!


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« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2014, 12:51:45 PM »

Here are three more from me.

The first one might not be so obscure to some around here, but still.

Donny Hathaway - This Christmas (1970)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj1mVUEHeUE

Johnny Mathis (78 years old and still sounds great!) recorded a cover of "This Christmas" on his NEW Christmas album.

A few more:

Kate Bush - "December Will Be Magic Again"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Christmastime"
Jack Jones - "Some Children See Him"
Simon & Garfunkel - "The Star Carol"
Dan Fogelberg - "Snowfall"
Ferrante & Teicher - "Brazilian Sleigh Bells"

I'm still recovering from watching Kate, um, perform "December Will Be Magic"  on that damn lucky chair, as a kid on her Xmas special.
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« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2014, 01:14:32 PM »

I will post this song every Christmas/New Year: Novi God by Steklovata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz_gOFRwTcg







It's so catchy.
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« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2014, 11:30:25 PM »

I will post this song every Christmas/New Year: Novi God by Steklovata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz_gOFRwTcg
It's so catchy.
Just listened, it's terrible! All-'round terrible. There are better New Year songs in Russian. F.ex. this cover of "Let It Snow": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhc9rwPx4HI
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« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2014, 02:09:49 PM »

On This Christmas Night...BJ Thomas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSxz8ZpK3dU

Thanks for this thread.  I always loved this song and have never been able to find it on a cd.  Haven't heard it since approximately 1982 when I last spun it on a radio station in Winnipeg.

Silver Bells...Patrick Norman

http://www.musicme.com/#/Patrick-Norman/albums/The-Christmas-Album-0068381228628.html

[from his lp called, oddly enough, The Christmas Album]  I'd call it one of the best versions I've ever heard.  I didn't see it on you-tube??

Mary Had a Baby...Bruce Cockburn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syS9wU1Sr8A

It cooks along and feels good doin' it.

Honorable mention to ...

Six Teams in the NHL...Lunch At Allen's [featuring Ian Thomas]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-U5ShfptBI

From their Christmas album Zuzu's Petals...A Lunch At Allen's Christmas

Not really a Christmas song per-se...but at least it's seasonal...and really kinda funny.

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« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2014, 05:13:34 PM »

1. Rotary Connection - "Peace At Last" (1968)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpoC2HnnVh0
Absolutely gorgeous, yet hilarious Christmas song by a very, very underrated (psychedelic) soul band.

2. The Flaming Lips - "Christmas At The Zoo" (1995)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3mRC-foSZs
A really fun, unique alt. rock christmas tune from the Flips.

3. Low - "Just Like Christmas" (1999)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nhbv74Hz54
Blissful and heavenly indie pop christmas tune and surprisingly upbeat for Low.
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« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2014, 06:03:46 AM »


JERRY LEE LEWIS - I CAN'T HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, MARY (Without you)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N13DqOKiHiM
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« Reply #36 on: November 26, 2014, 03:33:39 PM »

3. Low - "Just Like Christmas" (1999)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nhbv74Hz54
Blissful and heavenly indie pop christmas tune and surprisingly upbeat for Low.

Good call. That one has been a permanent fixture of my festive playlist since discovering it in the early 00s. It's so beautiful!

Since starting this topic last year my band has recorded a Christmas song which I guess must qualify as obscure. We went for the no-holds-barred Phil Spector Wall of Sound approach on this one:

Surf School Dropouts - Another Christmas with You
https://surfschooldropouts.bandcamp.com/album/another-christmas-with-you-single
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« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2014, 11:40:28 AM »

Thanks again 'kwan'.  This thread turned out to be a really good bonus for me as I subsequently found a cd copy of the old album I had all those years ago yesterday.  I left it at the radio station when I moved on to Toronto back in '83 because it was really their's not mine.

In addition to the 2 BJ Thomas songs it has a host of others including some holiday cheer from Dan Peek and BW Stevenson.  [among others]
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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2014, 12:16:33 PM »

Jim Reeves - Christmas alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Vif3UsTHM
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« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2014, 04:40:40 AM »

The Darlys and The Jimmies - Santa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Y7OSlNOhI

The Voodoo Glow Skulls - Feliz navidad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgZOf5mjYw

No Use For A Name - Fairytale of New York

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVFvqwEF1W0
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« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2014, 05:30:03 AM »

Whoa, I forgot "Fairy Tale of New York" with great Kirsty MacColl! The Pogues' half was nice too, if a little "tipsy", but whenever I listen to the song, I always wait for Kirsty to join in, backing track is real good there! Dig 'em Celtic sounds (& accordion). Thanks for the reminder, Hot Rod!
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« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2014, 07:29:24 AM »


Luther's "Christmas Goose" (to date, I believe it's the only Christmas song done by a Smiley board member)


Not so, but far otherwise:

https://soundcloud.com/theseveninches/sets/2007-christmas-ep
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« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2014, 09:41:18 AM »

Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson - Little Dealer Boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb1qMfamgUU
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« Reply #43 on: December 21, 2014, 04:04:20 AM »

The Trashmen----Dancin' With Santa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llyo9cuzkjY

Joseph Spence----Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk5ufApUArQ

Tiny Tim----O Come All Ye Faithful Medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twypkt8PDAc
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« Reply #44 on: December 26, 2014, 02:30:09 PM »

Not obscure.  Just brand-spankin' new.  I only discovered these folks a few weeks ago.  Pretty darned impressive a-cappella Xmas stuff.  Some traditional.  Some new.  If you like groups who do interesting vocal arrangements and harmonies...you know...folks who can SING...  [there must be a few folks here who do]  Check out PENTATONIX and their album 'That's Christmas To Me.' Cool Guy

So good...I went out and bought a copy today...on BOXING Day.  The worst day of the entire year to shop.  [like there's a good one  Wink]
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