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My Favorite Christmas Recordings #14 Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked For The Holidays

Bitter, cynical, and borderline misanthropic for most of the year, I reform for the holiday season and from mid-November to the last minute of Epiphany I’m all about the season.  Readers of Old Road Apples will find themselves under a constant barrage of holiday fare this season–from themed essays to book reviews to a countdown of my very favorite Christmas recordings.

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Okay, let’s get a few things straight–where holidays are concerned, or any days really, I have historically been all about barenaked ladies; though for quite some time I’ve focused on one lady in particular  I remain, philosophically speaking, an enthusiast.  I wasn’t sure about this recording when I received it as a gift–as it turns out, these Ladies are neither naked nor, in fact, are they ladies.  At first listen I suspected this would be a little too lite and witty and, frankly, new for my tastes.

It turned out to be a wicked good album full of funny originals & time-honored classics. Great for perking up spirits when seven hours into an all-day cookie-baking extravaganza.  From the opening track, a warp-speed rendition of Jingle Bells, to the closing song–the first interpretation of Auld Lang Syne I’ve ever heard that doesn’t make me want to crawl into a bottle and cry myself to sleep, the Ladies are a blast.  Elf’s Lament, a song about North Pole labor strife and a rebellious push for long overdue unionization, is hilarious, and they include not one, not two, not three Hanukkah songs that are catchy enough that even Pat Robertson might find himself humming it on the way to a Daughters of The Confederacy shindig.  Best of all, or most audacious, is a totally straight-faced cover of Do They Know It’s Christmas that has proven to be a gateway vice to my teenage daughter’s full-bore melodramatic sing-a-long in the style of the original, overwrought form–

There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you…

“The clanging chimes of doom.” Right.  You should hear my daughter screech along, at the top of her lungs.  Worth every penny.

1. Jingle Bells
2. Green Christmas
3. I Saw Three Ships
4. Hanukkah Blessings
5. O Holy Night
6. Elf’s Lament
7. Snowmen
8. Do They Know It’s Christmas?
9. Hanukkah O Hanukkah
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings
11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Carol of the Bells
13. Footprints
14. Deck the Stills
15. Christmastime (Oh Yeah)
16. Sleigh Ride
17. Christmas Pics
18. I Have a Little Dreidel
19. Wonderful Christmastime
20. Auld Lang Syne

By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

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