Christmas music is a strange genre. It is also one that I have found myself overly invested in.
Years ago I found a couple record albums in the office storage closet. They were in awful shape, kitschy, and random, but I displayed them with the other decorations. Many (if not all) of my office mates were delighted by these trinkets and started talking about the albums they grew up with. Given that I had the extra equipment around, I brought in a little stereo set up and encouraged people to bring their vinyl in. It turned out to be one of the best (accidental) team building exercises we ever had.
As the years have gone on, I’ve slowly acquired more and more Christmas records. They are plentiful and usually very cheap. When I worked in consumer electronics, it was always a bit of a head scratcher looking through the seasonal cds when they came in. All Christmas music albums will sell. No idea why, but they do. Consequently, there are a lot of terrible Christmas songs out there and middling albums of lack luster performances of holiday songs you already know.
As a public service, here is a short list of really strange yet oddly agreeable Christmas songs (the weird good stuff):
R2D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Meco
Merry Christmas, Santa Claus (You’re A Lovely Guy) – Max Headroom
Mistress for Christmas – AC/DC
Also, here is a list of actually good modern Christmas songs:
Snowfall* – Enoch Light
We Three Kings of Orient Are – The Beach Boys
Merry Christmas Baby – Chuck Berry
*I call this a Christmas song because the only place I have ever encountered it is on seasonal compilations.
This mix has no Christmas songs.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 12.8.17
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Song – Artist – Album
Five In The Morning – Art Bleek – Between Yesterday & Tomorrow.
Solo Sunrise – Chet Faker – Thinking in Textures.
Brand New Morning – Gretchen Lieberum – Brand New Morning.
Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell – Hits.
Morning/Midday – Max Roach – M’Boom.
Evening Meditation – Van Morrison – Best Of Van Morrison Volume Two.
The Night Is Still Young – Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume II.
The Way You Look Tonight – Billie Holiday – The Essential Billie Holiday [CD2].
The Night We Called It a Day – Dave Brubeck Quartet – Angel Eyes.
Hold On To Midnight – The Freddy Jones Band – Cities 97 Sampler, Vol. 8.
Colours Of The Night – Evi Vine – …And So The Morning Comes.
Sleepy Time Time – Cream – Those Were The Days [Disc 1].
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Carly Simon – Sleepless In Seattle.