Welcome to the second music-related installment of “7 Days of Christmas” here at The No Seatbelt Blog! In this edition, I will list five Christmas songs that are just plain old fun. If you can listen to any of these songs and not smile, you might be a cyborg.
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band– “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
This is a supremely fun version of this Christmas classic, not only because it is recorded at a live concert, but you can just tell that Bruce and the band are having a blast playing it. Before the song kicks off, The Boss interrogates his bandmates and the audience as to whether or not they’ve been good this year, with amusing results. Clarence Clemons, also known as “The Big Man” sprinkles in some “ho ho hos” as Santa Claus later in the song, and he is clearly having a great time doing it.
Cheap Trick– “I Want You For Christmas”
Sung and played to the tune of their rock and roll classic “I Want You To Want Me,” Cheap Trick shows off their sense of humor with this Christmas jingle. Try as you might, you likely won’t be able to resist bouncing around in your seat as you drive to this tune, and before long you’ll be singing along happily. At the end of the song, the band breaks into a seemingly impromptu and purposely off-key rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
The Donnas– “Christmas Wrapping”
The Donnas, an all-female rock band covered this Christmas tune by The Waitresses, and the result was an incredibly catchy, but harder-edged version of the song. The title is a play on words, as the verses are all rapped (or at least what passed for rap back in the 80’s when the original was released). If you’re a fan of fun, catchy rock, and Christmas music, this song needs to be on your list this year.
Relient K– “12 Days of Christmas”
From the well-known Christian pop-punk outfit Relient K comes a sped-up, varied, and insanely catchy version of this Christmas classic. In the band’s usual sarcastic fashion, they twice add in a chorus that places tongue firmly in cheek- “What’s a partridge? And what’s a pear tree? Well, I don’t know so please don’t ask me. But I can bet those are terrible gifts to get.” Watch out for the “five golden rings” line in each countdown for proof that these kids could harmonize like nobody’s business.
Mavis Staples– “Christmas Vacation”
The theme song to the best Christmas movie of all-time, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this song that plays during the opening credits of the film reminds me of the joy felt as a child during the season. That break from school, Christmas lights going up everywhere, unwrapping presents with the family, enjoying the snow before I became a grouchy adult who has to drive in it, believing in Santa, the whole nine yards. Super-fun song that kicks off my favorite Christmas movie.
Come back to The No Seatbelt Blog tomorrow for another themed music blog!