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Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Akira » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:18 pm UTC

I love Christmas music. Anything from humming gentle hymns to blasting Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Wizards of Winter while flying down the highway at exactly the speed limit cos I'd totally leadfoot if I took it off cruise control.

Favourites, anyone?

As I said, I like hymns like Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High, but I also love the amazing Christmas styling of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller.

Christmas music pet peeve: When artists put their own "twist" on a song, particularly when they mess up the beats so I can't sing along.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby saxmaniac1987 » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:28 pm UTC

My favorite part of Christmas music is that its the one time of year you hear Big Band on mainstream radio...
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Jessica » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:34 pm UTC

I listen to Trans-siberian all year round.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Akira » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:34 pm UTC

saxmaniac1987 wrote:My favorite part of Christmas music is that its the one time of year you hear Big Band on mainstream radio...

Yeah, I know!
Gharbad wrote:I listen to Trans-siberian all year round.

Oh, we do, too, but after thanksgving, it's legal to.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby paperbird » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:39 pm UTC

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby yellie » Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:59 am UTC

"Fairytale In New York" by The Pogues. It doesn't feel like Christmas for me until I hear that on the radio.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby zingmaster » Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:15 am UTC

Gharbad wrote:I listen to Trans-siberian all year round.

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TSO is possibly the best Christmas music I have found thus far. It's unique without being overdone. Well...maybe others think it's overdone. But I don't. I listen to TSO any time of the year too. "Old City Bar" always makes me inexplicably happy. Have you seen TSO in concert? Fucking amazing is all I can say.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby mrguy753 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:40 am UTC

Considering my fondness for all things Sufjan Stevens, i love his christmas work.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby btilly » Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:42 am UTC

My favorite Christmas carol book is The International Book of Christmas Carols. My favorite Christmas CD is Loreena McKennitt's To Drive the Cold Winter Away. Though I like hearing Bing Crosby and I also like hearing old music boxes. My son's favorite Christmas carol is Jingle Bells. (What can I say? He's 3.)

I don't have a favorite Christmas carol. Though I do like Veni, Veni, Emanuel among many others.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby IronyandParadox » Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:00 am UTC

I love the Trans-siberian Orchestra. My favorite is "A Mad Russian's Christmas," if only for the expressions on the faces of my ballet-school friends when they hear it. It's a sort of cross between "wtf?!" and "...wow."
"St. Stephen's Day Murders" by The Chieftans is by far the most hilarious carol.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Ren » Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:20 am UTC

Feist's rendition of "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming" is my favourite Christmas tune right now...although I'm also fond of the Stars cover of "Fairytale of New York", "I Saw Three Ships" (Don DIxon's version), and "Cool Yule" by Kurt Elling.

Ummm...I don't know if this is the place to post this, but I think most of the Christmas music played in shops and stuff is shit. I'm a *so* sick of the Barenaked Ladies right now...and we've only been playing Christmas music for two weeks, or something.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:19 pm UTC

Akira wrote:Christmas music pet peeve: When artists put their own "twist" on a song, particularly when they mess up the beats so I can't sing along.


Hell, yes. Any artist that does their own rendition of a classic Christmas carol, thereby ruining it, should be dragged out into the street and shot.

You don't ever, EVER remake such holiday classics like "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "Winter Wonderland" with a rock/hip hop/funk beat. NEVER. Leave the classics alone. There's a reason why Bing Crosby did the best version of "White Christmas." He just did.

I like TSO and MS as well. One of my favorite songs of all time is the Boston Pops version of "Sleigh Ride" with the sound effects. I also like the version with the full lyrics, and the sound effects applied in the background.

Another is the Harry Simeone Chorale's rendition of "Little Drummer Boy."

Quite possibly one of the greatest songs ever though would have to be "O Holy Night." Not sure who does the best version though.

Edit: Correct name of chorus who does "Little Drummer Boy."
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Dazzledorf » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:12 pm UTC

A lesser recognized artist out there is Andrew Hamm; an MFA holder, actor, and musician. He recently put out his X-mas album, "Under the Star."
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby aaron » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:36 pm UTC

haha, i forgot about my tso records! i listened to them so much when it wasn't christmas that now that it is around that time, i think i will listen to them now.

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i also have Merry Axemas vol. 1 and 2 to listen to for christmas fun. :D

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby trickster721 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:33 pm UTC

Sometimes "The Closing of the Year" is in the rotation, the Christmas song from the movie Toys. That probably excites me more than it should.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby apricity » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:58 pm UTC

O Holy Night is the prettiest Christmas song ever. Particularly the Clay Aiken version.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby 1337geek » Sun Nov 25, 2007 4:15 am UTC

Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller are awesome.

Twisted Sister's "A Twisted Christmas" is also a real treat.

@ the couple posts above me: Clay Aiken's Christmas CD is good, but he totally screws up that one line of "O Holy Night" (I think it's when he sings "O night divine"; totally the wrong note). "The First Noel" is the best Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.

As for the old standards, this is a good compilation, though not all of these are my favorite versions (and only some of them are the originals).

Also, Weird Al has a couple great Christmas songs, "Christmas at Ground Zero" and "The Night Santa Went Crazy" -- the latter of which also has an "Extra Gory Version." :-D
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Akira » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:25 am UTC

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby someguy » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:39 am UTC

Alex Chilton's 'Jesus Christ' is an alright (though not mindblowing) Christmas tune. Nice for when you need an extra song or two to wrap up a mix CD.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby davef » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:36 pm UTC

Although people who play Christmas music before Dec 1st ought to be hung, drawn and quartered, I respectfully submit The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. You almost never hear it on the radio at Christmas anymore cos they're too busy playlisting the latest Cliff Richard crock-o-shit or somesuch.

Also, what Yellie said. That's the (second) best Christmas song ever. It's one of the few that I don't mind hearing at not-Christmas.
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Postby no-genius » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:42 pm UTC

yellie wrote:"Fairytale In New York" by The Pogues. It doesn't feel like Christmas for me until I hear that on the radio.

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Also to my ears, 'Atmosphere' by Joy Division sounds a little christmas-y. It could just be that the synths sound a bit like bells. I guess it would be a fairly depressing Christmas if it was.

Although I think this year I'll be celebrating Mithas-mas. I <3 the QI Christmas special (even if they did record it in October)
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Postby podbaydoor » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:07 pm UTC

Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:14 pm UTC

1337geek wrote:Clay Aiken's Christmas CD sucks, because he totally screws up every single Christmas song he ever sang. "The First Noel" is the worst Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.


Fix'd to reflect the truth.

When I was in the BMG music club, one of the CDs they had as their "special" for Christmas was the entire Nutcracker Ballet on 2 CDs performed by the London Philharmonic and the New London Boys' Choir. Usually on Christmas Eve I'll put the CDs in my 2-disc CD player and play them in their entirety once.
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Postby ChocloManx » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:59 pm UTC

Does the St. Matthew Passion count as Christmas music?
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Postby Lleu » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:05 am UTC

I prefer David Lanz's piano arrangements. That and the German hymn "Wach Auf"

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Angelene » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:11 am UTC

Now I love Sufjan but I thought his Christmas album was just not very good.

Apparently The Power of Love is a Christmas song? I know the video is all nativity themed and it was possibly a Christmas number1? I don't know, but that it was on the Christmas album where I used to work and I love that song to an unhealthy extent.

I have some lovely little Christmas covers, including a Frosty the Snowman by The Cocteau Twins, White Christmas by Snowden, Last Christmas by minuteman and a rather wonderful God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen by Aimee Mann.
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Postby Number3Pencils » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:39 am UTC

Buglers' Holiday (video I found of it)

Though I love Christmas, I was turned off the other day when I went to Borders and they had All Christmas Music All the Time. That wasn't bad per se, but some of it was not good. One that particularly stuck out was a big band/calypso/chorus version of "Feliz Navidad", made much worse by the fact that the singers could hardly have been less Spanish-speaking.
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Postby Tisiphone » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:46 am UTC

I had an Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas cassette when I was little. I still can't here any carols without thinking of it. It rocked.
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Postby SaltnPepper » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:49 am UTC

yellie wrote:"Fairytale In New York" by The Pogues. It doesn't feel like Christmas for me until I hear that on the radio.



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Seriously. There's just no buzz, no festivity, no Christmasness in my soul 'till I hear it.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby kcr » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:55 am UTC

O Holy Night is the best Christmas song, hands down.

Other CDs include Nat King Cole's Christmas CD which we listen to while decorating the tree, so it's basically the epitome of Christmas for me and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. We also have a CD, "Christmas Crooners" and it's a compilation of old artists' Christmas songs, and I like it.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

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1337geek wrote:Clay Aiken's Christmas CD is good, but he totally screws up that one line of "O Holy Night" (I think it's when he sings "O night divine"; totally the wrong note). "The First Noel" is the best Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.

Seriously? Clay's "O Holy Night" is one of my most-listened-to songs on iTunes and I've never heard anything but gloriousness from that note :) But you're right that "The First Noel" is one of the best, and it should have been on the CD. Luckily I have it downloaded anyway.

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1337geek wrote:Clay Aiken's Christmas CD sucks, because he totally screws up every single Christmas song he ever sang. "The First Noel" is the worst Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.


Fix'd to reflect the truth.

I greatly disagree, and I'm kind of doubting you've even listened to it, because it's actually a really good CD. I've had to burn it for 3 different people because they overheard me listening to the songs and loved them. Anyway, this isn't a Clay-bashing thread, it's a general Christmas music thread. If you haven't actually heard the music, keep your comments to yourself. And if you have, try listening to it again because it's really good.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby 1337geek » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:49 am UTC

lanicita wrote:
1337geek wrote:Clay Aiken's Christmas CD is good, but he totally screws up that one line of "O Holy Night" (I think it's when he sings "O night divine"; totally the wrong note). "The First Noel" is the best Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.

Seriously? Clay's "O Holy Night" is one of my most-listened-to songs on iTunes and I've never heard anything but gloriousness from that note :) But you're right that "The First Noel" is one of the best, and it should have been on the CD. Luckily I have it downloaded anyway.

Went back and listened to it. During the chorus, he sings "O night divine, O night when Christ was born, O night, O holy night." It's that higher note on "holy" I don't like. But that's probably the producer's fault. The arrangement I prefer is the traditional one, that is, putting the higher note on "divine" (you can hear this in many versions, Andy Williams' comes to mind).
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Sartorius » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Love to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller as well.

My favorite Christmas carols are Carol of the Bells and Greensleeves...which isn't a Christmas carol but can be.
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Postby Shizo » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:25 am UTC

FUCKING CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN NOVEMBER.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby 1337geek » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:31 am UTC

podbaydoor wrote:Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to Charlie Brown Christmas.

That is all.

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Postby andyvn22 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:36 am UTC

podbaydoor wrote:Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to Charlie Brown Christmas.

That is all.


So very true. Also, count this as another vote for "O Holy Night" as the prettiest Christmas song ever. I also think Rockapella has a pretty nice Christmas album. At least if you don't mind their usual cheese. :)

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby 1337geek » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:19 am UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
1337geek wrote:Clay Aiken's Christmas CD sucks, because he totally screws up every single Christmas song he ever sang. "The First Noel" is the worst Christmas song by Clay, but it's not even on that CD.


Fix'd to reflect the truth.

My hobby: Whenever somebody tells me they hate Clay Aiken and/or his music, I surreptitiously change my current iTunes song to a Clay Aiken song. Here are the results from a couple different times I have done this (all with different people):

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Him: "It's pretty good, I like it. It'd be weird if that were Clay, but I know it's not."
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Clearly I get a kick out of this. This works because most of the people who bash Clay haven't even heard his music. (And just in case they have, I usually do this with his late '90s demos that haven't gotten all the media attention. That way it's still the same sound, but since the people don't automatically recognize it as a Clay song, their opinions are more objective.)

Now that that's settled, let's get back to discussing great Christmas music. I've already thrown in my favorites, but I forgot to add "Step into Christmas" by Elton John.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

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andyvn22 wrote:The day they start running Christmas specials before Thanksgiving is the day I commit suicide. Looks like I only have a few more years left to live... I saw someone with Christmas lights up (and ON!) the day after Halloween. What the HELL!?

I'm also one of those people that loves Christmas music and decorations, but not until December! It gets more and more ridiculous every year. My city has already had its Christmas parade this year. It was on November 17th. [pause to let you do the math] Yes, that was before Thanksgiving. Absolutely ridiculous. The Christmas season should start on December 1 (the beginning of most advent calendars) and end on January 6 (Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas). That's more than a month and should be plenty for everyone. It's sad to see how commercialized our society has made this beautiful holiday.

Edit: I know that some people say that when Santa rides by to finish the Thanksgiving Day parade, then you're allowed to start thinking about Christmas. I've got no problem with that, but I like to save Thanksgiving Day (and the week following) for eating and watching football, which is why my personal transition date isn't until December 1.
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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby zingmaster » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:32 am UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:Quite possibly one of the greatest songs ever though would have to be "O Holy Night." Not sure who does the best version though.

I actually really like Charlotte Church's rendition. A bit high, since she's a way-up-there soprano, but she has a really good voice.

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Re: Oooh. Christmas music!

Postby Benitosimies » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:30 am UTC

I like Type O Negative more when it's around christmastime. So I basically listen to Type O Negative for christmas music.
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