Happy Christmas. War Ain’t Over.
You might think that we here at Threat Quality Press are anti-Christmas. You would be wrong.
We are, on occasion, anti-sentimental. But, y’know. It’s Christmas. So a little sentiment is okay, right?
So here, for your holiday pleasure, are three of my (Holland here) favorite Christmas songs.
First up: The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl with “Fairytale of New York,” a song of collapsing love in the big city around the holiday. Everyone focuses on MacColl’s “You’re a bum, you’re a maggot, a cheap lousy faggot/happy Christmas your arse, I pray god its our last” as the reason to hear the song, but I disagree.
For my money, it’s Shane MacGowan’s withered attempt to rekindle it all, by explaining that he took MacColl’s hopes and, “Put ‘em wif my own/can’t make it all alone/I built my dreams around you.” For me, that weak plea of warmth and fellow-feeling is what makes it Christmas:
Next up is The Raveonettes’ “Christmas Song.” Nothing more than a beautiful love song set during a Christmas snowfall:
And lastly, possibly The Greatest Christmas Song of All Time. The answer to that perennial holiday question, “What Can You Get a Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)”, by the (I am not making this up) Star Wars Holiday Singers. It’s a family favorite in the Holland household.
Why, yes, my family is a bit quirky, why do you ask?
There are dozens more – The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping,” any Motown or Phil Specter holiday tunes – but I thought I’d just offer a taste.
How about it – what song makes the holiday for you?