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Old 12-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (whoever that's by)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year (again, not sure who sings it)
Burl Ives was most famous for Holly Jolly Christmas...Don't know if Andy Williams or Johnny Mathis is most famous for Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

I still have a soft spot for some of these classics but that's only because I basically force myself to drop the synicism and be happy for 5 minutes out of the year and get in that 'mood', then just like that its gone again until next Dec.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I still have a soft spot for some of these classics but that's only because I basically force myself to drop the synicism and be happy for 5 minutes out of the year and get in that 'mood', then just like that its gone again until next Dec.
Haha yeah for some reason although I can't stand Christmas music, I can survive Christmas movies. To get into the Christmas spirit for a day or two I'll watch something quotable like Elf or Christmas Vacation and then I'm good for the year...

Oh yeah, I forgot - the only thing worse than annoying Christmas music are those annoying singing Christmas wreaths. You know, the ones that burst into random song when you walk past them or open a door or something.. My family had one for the longest time and then our new dog was terrified of it so we finally just put it in the basement. And then my sister and I secretly sold it at a yard sale one year xD Hahah..
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:23 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Barf receptacles at the ready...

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #34 (permalink)
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...I'm still not quite sure why I actually clicked 'play' on that.

You win. That's the worst one yet :P
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I dislike The Pouges's song because of the nasally grunting vocals, the mindless self-indulgence of the record and of those who herald it as something special.
It's not.
Thank you for clearing that up.

Oh and how is it self indulgent?

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For years, it's been seen as the 'Alternative Christmas Anthem' but how does appearing on every ****ty MTV countdown of 'greatest christmas tunes' and every Now That's What I Call Christmas compilation make it an alternative to anything.
It's an alternative Christmas anthem? What are you basing that on?

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People listen to it because it's not merry and it represents everything that the festive time isn't supposed to be. Err, Hello there's an upbeat jig half way through the song with lyrics which I find highly objectionable giving our modern society and how frequently the song is played.
Actually I don't listen to it, apart from at Christmas anyway. Even then, I might and I might not. If I was to listen to it though it wouldn't be for some kind of rebellious protest against Christmas and I really doubt this is "why people listen to it."

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It's really grating as a track. Some guy who can't sing (no doubt everyone will say his voice is just 'different' but this argument doesn't seem to suffice for Elvis Costello on this forum) singing about an era he can't recall being a part of. He was probably kicking about, as an intoxicated child, who knows I couldn't be bothered Googling it, that's how much time I have for this song; very little.
I don't even know what you mean by this. What 'era' is he singing about?

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I do not like it. It sucks.
I dont know about you people, but I don't think this guy likes this song.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:41 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Is it? That sucks that the IRISH Christmas song takes place in New York.
Yeah true, but then it is about emigrants too. But yeah, it's seen as that here. Bloody Pogues!
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I know what the title of the thread is (I wrote it, after all) but just in case anyone thinks I'm a total Grinch...

I DO like "Silver bells", "Sleigh ride" (every time I write this --- and I've written it a lot, especially during my "25 Worst Christmas Albums" slot in my journal --- my fingers ALWAYS automatically type "slight ride". Don't know why) "Let it snow", a few others. I just hate the REALLY camp and overplayed ones. And "Fairytale of New York".
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Oh and how is it self indulgent?
It basks in itself, trying too hard to relate to too many people who may see Christmas and the due stress and financial woe it causes the same way the Pouges try to convey they view the festive season.

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It's an alternative Christmas anthem? What are you basing that on?
The fact it isn't a joyous merry song about Christmas Trees and following stars to Bethlehem. It's clearly geared in a way to highlight the negative aspects of the season through the eyes of a down-on-his-luck drunk.
It's picked up by people who think that it is the antithesis of what a traditional Christmas song should sound like.


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I don't even know what you mean by this. What 'era' is he singing about?
1950's New York. I thought you liked the song.
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It's picked up by people who think that it is the antithesis of what a traditional Christmas song should sound like.
I think that sums up that song.. Most of my friends who dislike Christmas music like it. For me it's as equally annoying - maybe even more so - than the overplayed mainstream songs.

I feel like I'm sounding like Scrooge here, but I did mention SOME Christmas music I like, so there. xP
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Hey, here's another one I hate: "Back Door Santa" by Bon Jovi! Once again I submit a song that starts with a godawful cheesy keyboard, but it gets so, so much worse. For one thing, it's just a lame song with a boring beat and a crappy guitar solo. Beyond that, the sexually suggestive lyrics are bad to begin with, but the poor choice of words in this innuendo-filled tune also ends up making the song sound like it's about anal sex. Plus, the "I keep the little girls happy" line makes it sound like it's about a pedophile.

(And, yes, I realize they didn't write the song, theirs is just the version I'm most familiar with and it's extra, extra crappy.)

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