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Author Topic: Pheonix and Bill Murray release "Alone on Christmas Day" single  (Read 3261 times)
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« on: December 04, 2015, 03:32:12 AM »

More info here: http://pitchfork.com/news/62342-bill-murray-and-phoenix-cover-the-beach-boys-alone-on-christmas-day/

Based on the original 1979 version, not the new Mike Love recording
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2015, 04:27:57 AM »

And for the non-Spotify people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H59rOpBTGAk

Nice! I like that swooping synth----has sort of a Garth Hudson feel to it...
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2015, 01:46:11 PM »

Better than Mike's new version, but I'll take the original 1977 track!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2015, 04:42:29 PM »

I vote Phoenix.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2015, 05:51:02 PM »

Easily takes the crown for the worst Xmas song ever. Predictable, cheesy, lame and will be long forgotten sooner than later.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2015, 08:16:50 PM »

Easily takes the crown for the worst Xmas song ever. Predictable, cheesy, lame and will be long forgotten sooner than later.  Cheesy

It has some cool chord changes, don't you think? It's not that bad.

The worst BB-related Xmas song ever has to be Santa's Going to Kokomo. No worse candidate.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2015, 08:33:06 PM »

Easily takes the crown for the worst Xmas song ever. Predictable, cheesy, lame and will be long forgotten sooner than later.  Cheesy

It has some cool chord changes, don't you think? It's not that bad.

The worst BB-related Xmas song ever has to be Santa's Going to Kokomo. No worse candidate.

You're right but this thing is a close runner up. Very close.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2015, 05:02:44 AM »

I really liked it, especially after Mike's atrocity.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2015, 05:09:55 AM »

It's quite a nice version, isn't it? I do wish Mike's new version didn't have the horrible autotune on it -- without it, it'd be the best solo thing he's ever done. With it, it's unlistenable :-/
This one's very pleasant, though. Not something I'll buy, but if I heard it in a shop or something I'd be quite happy.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2015, 05:10:52 AM »

I vote Phoenix.

Well spelt! Pity no one else does it. Grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2015, 06:32:37 AM »

I vote Phoenix.

Well spelt! Pity no one else does it. Grin

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2015, 06:39:02 AM »

Better than Mike's new version, but I'll take the original 1977 track!
I agree with you. Phoenix kept to the original arrangement for the most part, whereas Mike gave his new release more of a Phil Spector feel.
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2015, 09:58:32 AM »

I saw the special last night and really enjoyed it. I thought their rendition of Mike's song was fine and Mike gets a song credit in a Bill Murray special which is pretty cool.
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2015, 10:49:16 PM »

Sweet sounds ver close to Mike Loves original version! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DSFn2ZU6q0
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2015, 12:10:31 AM »

Jolly good. Def. better than Mike's version. I've no idea who these Phoenix are but I'd suggest this is their usual "sound"? I like the whistle-y synths.
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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2015, 05:34:11 AM »

Very good version that actually makes the song sound better than it really is - good arrangement and the lead vocal is head and shoulders above Mikes lead on the original - the auto tuned atrocity on the new version not even being worthy of mention.
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2015, 09:17:26 AM »

Better than Mike's new version, but I'll take the original 1977 track!

I'm with this.
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2015, 07:42:13 PM »

Saw 'A Very Murray Christmas' last night as well, and this track was an unexpected surprise. To me, I like the lo-fi nature of it. It adds a nice homespun element. Nicely done.

The program itself is quite odd (in a good way). It's got the classic Murray mannerisms, and almost seems a hodgepodge of Nick the Lounge Singer and Lost in Translation. At any rate, it's nice holiday fare. Equal parts holiday special and Christopher Guest put-on. Check it out - exclusive for Netflix.
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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2015, 09:49:53 AM »

Not sure if this has been posted --
http://abcnewsradioonline.com/music-news/2015/12/10/beach-boys-to-perform-mike-loves-new-holiday-single-on-holly.html
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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2015, 07:39:00 PM »

Love the fact that an old unreleased chestnut has been revisited.

Mike's version is cool, but the Phoenix version with Bill Murray is far and away my preferred guilty pleasure.  The song's performance in "A Very Murray Christmas" is also the special's loosest moment and, Bill Murray, bless his heart, returns to his "Nick The Lounge Singer" act.  The amount of fun Murray was having with Paul Shaffer, Jason Schwartzman, Buster Poindexter, speaks to the vast reach of The Beach Boys music.

The RECORD STORE DAY picture sleeve 45 is a beautiful ode to Christmas singles of the past.
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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2015, 08:37:27 AM »

Positive review --  Smiley
http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/heres-christmas-music-youll-actually-want-play/
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