Thursday, November 30, 2006

Tres Navidades

One, two, "three christmas" by the fabulous mexican singer Queta Garay.

Classels Christmas

Natasha, from Radio Oh-la-la-fame, makes a great guestpost on this blog. She says she has more goodies coming up! Christmas in Québec is a big, cold, snow-covered affair. It starts the day after the Halloween stuff has been cleared from store shelves and lasts until people finally decide to chuck out their drying up Christmas tree onto that big pile of snow by the driveway so it can be recycled into Canadian paper sometime in February. This song by sixties sensation Les Classels has all the trappings of a Christmas song, with lots of neige. And that island rhythm is so much warmer than a fake fireplace!

noël avec sheila

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According to the Sheila TVgraphie, this is from a program entitled Douce France and was broadcast on December 18, 1966.

The video truly lives up to this blog's name! Sheila, mercifully out of her insane bouffant phase, and her high-booted friends sing and dance in front of Christmas trees and inside what looks like a department store.

Or watch it at Youtube.

Hippopotamus amphibius

Xmas with the Beatles? Yeah, quite nice. But doesn't Yuletide with a hippo beat the eggnog out of Christmas with, er, Ringo? Judge for yourself . . .

Gayla Peevey - I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

(A Little Touch Of) Bach at Christmas, With Takako Minekawa

Takako Minekawa
Every Christmas playlist needs a bit of Bach for the real Christmas spirrit!

Here's a nice ep by Minekawa Takako (mrs. Cornelius)

(A Little Touch Of) Baroque in Winter.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
Christmas Wish
La Valse Grise n3 on Aminure
Snow frolic

With The Beatles

Christmas in Graceland is nice, but nothing beats Christmas with the Beatles!

Ringo for Christmas - The Rainbow Choir
All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle - Dora Bryan

Hark! The Herald Angel Sing . . .

A real guilty pleasure from those gloriously innocent days of childhood when winter was chilly, snow was high, and each and every Christmas record featured a terribly blaring children's choir: a truly shameless piece of unadulterated heavy pomp from Washington, DC, glamsters Angel's 1977 album White Hot which used to tint my frozen cheeks with a tender touch of glowing scarlet - and still does.

Angel - Winter Song

Les Baxter

Here are two great Christmas songs from the king of exotica. They are found on a various artist album called Happy Holidays. Santa Claus' Party appears on the Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails cd and they have it fade into another song. Here it is in it's entirety. Both from 1952.



¡Something Festive!

Great song. To bad they didn't do a whole album of Christmas music.


A Graceland Christmas

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

make it a triple

Margo Guryan - I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
The Saint Etienne and Claudine Longet versions have both been posted, so I thought it would be a nice idea to add the version by the song's creator, Margo Guryan. Buy 25 Demos.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

(I Don't Intend To Spend) Christmas without you

The very fist song on this blog was "I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You" by the wonderful Claudine Longet. This song was also recorded by Saint Etienne in 1998. The background chorus was later 'borrowed' by Pizzicato Five for their song 20th century Girl. LaLaLaLa LaLaLaLaaaa!

Merry Pizzicato

Only 0.7% of the Japanese population are Christians*, but... everybody loves Christmas, right?

So, for my first contribution to this blog, here is a song by my favourite group: Pizzicato Five, with their Christmas single "Juni gatsu niju yokka"', or 24 decembre'.

And, as a bonus; here are two versions of Silent night from their 'out-takes'-album Great White Wonder : version 1 and 2.

Heeeeeeeeere's Donnie . . . !

Michael is coming to town (too)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Frankie is coming to town

Bing Crosby Tv Show 1961 (probably)

Frank Sinatra - Santa Claus is coming to town

Jingle-Jangle by Electric Candlelight

Here's another yuletide favorite, this time coming from The King of Colchester, ex-head-Cleaner from Venus, "Britain's busiest songsmith, tunesmith and horticultural assassin" and all-round Greatest Living Englishman, Martin Newell, celebrating the "shoe-string saturnalia" of "Christmas in Suburbia", including gallons of "cheap old cherry wine" and bouts of drunken sex . . . now that's what I call Christmas!

Martin Newell - Christmas in Suburbia

PS: Read all about the man (and the Cleaners and just about everything else) in Giles Smith's excellent - and very funny - book "Lost in Music".

Friday, November 24, 2006

Yuletide Disco

OK. Thanksgiving is over. It is officially time to get this party started. Put on the platforms and get ready to shake it. Here is Yuletide Disco!


Cold Cuttin' Xmas

Hi, folks. First off, thanks for the invite. I'm Roy Black from the infamous Germans Under Cover blog, but don't you fret, I won't post any Germanized cover versions over here. For starters, I'd like to present you with one of my favorite seasonal records, Coldcut's "Christmas Break" which the dynamic dee-jaying duo of Matt Black & Jonathan More put out in 1989, long before the disc-throwing Ninja became their distinctive trademark. Somewhat neglected at the time of its release, here's 6 1/2 minutes of snow-capped, candy-striped turntable wizardry which'll hopefully ring your Christmas bells. Enjoy!

Norma Jeane

I like my Christmas to be sexy, and Marilyn is as sexy as it gets...

But... apparently I was fooled and it wasn't Marilyn after all.

Credit for this version should be given to Cynthia Basinet:

Cynthia Basinet - Santa Baby

Song has been removed on instruction of the management of Cynthia Basinet.

Cary Grant

Here is a song by Cary Grant called Christmas Lullaby off of a record called Joyous Christmas, Vol. 6.


spiked candy canes

As requested on my blog, a repost of my Christmas mixes from last year:

Spiked Candy Canes Part 1 : (link 1) (link 2)

Claudine Longet - Snow, Dressy Bessy - All the Right Reasons, Deerhoof - Xmas Tree, Isabelle Antenna - Noelle Hawai, Peggy Lee - The Christmas Spell, Stina Nordenstam - Soon After Christmas, The Diskettes - Noel, The Gems - Love For Christmas, The Kinks - Father Christmas, The Knife - Christmas Reindeer, The Pipettes - In The Bleak Midwinter, The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas (46 MB)

Spiked Candy Canes Part 2: (link 1) (link 2)

Belle And Sebastian - I Took Some Time For Christmas, Brian Wilson - On Christmas Day, Ginette Reno - Vive Le Vent, Julie London - I'd Like You For Christmas, Lauren Laverne - In The Bleak Midwinter, Marlene Paul - I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis, Nena - Wunder Gescheh'n, Of Montreal - My Favourite Christmas (In A Hundred Words Or Less), The Carpenters - Merry Christmas, Darling, The Shitbirds (ft April March)- Christmas Is A-Coming, Universal Robot Band - Disco Christmas, Yo La Tengo - It's Christmas Time (42 MB)

Two options for downloading - NetFileGo, and SnapDrive. I tried to find hosts that I can directlink to (so no ads, waiting etc) and that are supported by download accelerators (both worked well for me with Free Download Manager). But if you have any other preferred hosts you would recommend for the next large files I plan to share, please leave a comment.

Un pizzico di nostalgia

NOBODY is going to top this - the best Christmas-song EVER! Raffaella Cara's Balla Balla, baby! [Grazie Plipp]

Navidades Blancas

In order to start I´d bring you an ep from 1965 belonging to one of the most admired spanish artists outside our borders that was named "Raphael canta a la Navidad" o "Raphael sings to Christmas", we are talking of Raphael. After more than forty years of his career as a singer, Raphael keeps on giving us the gift of many new recordings. Most of them see the light during this dates and are dedicated to the Holydays to come, Christmas.
To be concrete, we`d like to share with you, one version of the song "White Christmas", obviously traduced to spanish.
P.S. Thanks to Lush and Bruno for inviting me to participate in this blog.

especially for us

Gamine count French film noir and Julie London among their influences, and don't disappoint, bringing just the right amount of drama and style to their beautiful, grand piano-backed torch songs. 'Oh, What A Kiss!' is not strictly a Christmas song as such, but an ode to a passionate and possibly illicit first kiss, the tale taking place on a cold night before Christmas:

We'll drive
Through streets of ice
The lights,
A feast for the eyes.
Decked out for Christmas,
Especially for us.

And, in French:

Les rues
Sont enneigées
La ville
Est illuminée
Ces décors de Noël
Me paraissent irréels.

Watch 'Oh, Mon Cheri' on YouTube.
Gamine on MySpace.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells...

Here are three Exciting Christmas Stories. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all save Christmas in their own stories. Sorry this one is so dusty. This one doesn't say Power Records, but it basically is.





Soulful Christmas

I’m really glad Lush asked me to participate in this Christmasblog, because I think it’s a real shame what people are listening to in those dark days at the end of the year (in the Netherlands the hideous Skyradio for example).

I’ll start of with my favorite soul singer who nailed some great Christmas classics. But then again, if Otis would have been singing his grocery list it would have sounded great as well…

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby

Christmas in the sixties was fine

One of the most famous Dutch X-mas songs is Fay Lovsky's Christmas was a Friend of Mine. Released in 1981, it became an evergreen and nowadays is on every Christmasplaylist of every Dutch radiostation. Still, it manages to stay fresh, cool and seasonal. Fay Lovsky (real name: Fay Luyendijk) is a multi-instrumentalist, who started out as a singer-songwriter, but generally transferred to music for commercials and films. She worked with famous cartoonists Robert Crumb and Joost Swarte, and plays very funny theatrical shows with her band.

Fay Lovsky - Christmas was a friend of mine

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Christmas Kitsch

Hey everybody. Let me introduce myself. I'm Brainwerk and I run a blog called Check The Cool Wax. I try to post mostly out of print records that lean toward novelty, tv/movie personality, kitsch, lounge, odd, etc. For a sample of the things you find there, check out Volume One. I'm really excited to be able to contribute to Christmas A Go Go! My first post is a 1961 record from a guy called Lenny Dee. In my humble opinion, he the unsung hero of the lounge-fueled crazy organ. I think the stand-out tracks are Sleigh Ride and Mister Santa (played to the tune of Mr. Sandman). You will either really like this or poke your ears out with a sharp object.

I'm begging you Santa Claus

Okay, not évery X-mas song I like has to include death and/or despair, I like it when it's funky as well (and has a socialstudy-ring to it). Santa's got a brand new bag, and the Godfather of Soul's in it. This song was also nicely covered by, yes, Belle & Sebastian

James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A cajun christmas from little miss dynamite

I just love Brenda Lee's voice,reminds me a lot of an ex-girlfriend of mine who also used to sing in a band.She made several christmas songs but this one is a bit special since it's about christmas on the bayou! Really old recording (1958),but sounds fresh even today.

Papa noël
BONUS especially for Kate!
I'm gonna lasso Santa Claus
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Merry Xmas from the Dean & Sinatra Family

From a Christmas special staring both the Sinatra and Martin families on the Dean Martin 60's TV Show. Here's Frank and Dean doing a long duet of standard favorites, full of humor and great fun. In the end, we will see their family decorate a Christmas tree in the studio. Cheesy, but awesome! Christmas 1967.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Obviously the best Christmas song by the best girl. (Who doesn't love Doris Day??) Do yourself a favor and buy her Christmas album!

Winter in Canada

I think this song is going to be on top of my playlist in December. It's jinglicious!
Also with a (very similar) version by Danish darling Gitte

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

Okay, so nobody dies in the old hymn Oh Come Emmanuel, is in prison or alone (see Prince-post below), but you can tell there's been a lot of suffering. Based on seven antiphons sung in medieval monasteries beginning a week before Christmas, these twelfth-century Latin verses were translated and reduced to five by the nineteenth-century English carol writer John M. Neale. Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke adds her own angelical voice, plus the vocal chords and glacial effects of Kevin Gilbert

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Then you died on the 25th Day of December

Give or take a few jolly classics, I only like Christmas songs about someone being alone, dead, or in prison. Here's a great example by Prince:
Your father said it was pneumonia
Your mother said it was stress
But the doctor said U were dead and I...
I say it's senseless

Prince - Another Lonely Christmas

Saturday, November 18, 2006

je chasse la neige

Ultra-rare FG B-side, in which Mlle Gall sings about being a snow-plough that would clear frosty paths all the way to the Himalayas to be in the arms of her love. Yet another gem from her early 70s period that has yet to see light of day on a CD release. Thanks to Gerry for this one.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

chwistmas wishes evweeone

Thursday, November 09, 2006


You won't see any Wham, Band Aid, or Christmas Smashhits vol. 29 here. Think Christmas when the candy tasted a little sweeter, the Christmas tree was a bit greener, and the snow whiter. This is our collection of the funniest, sweetest, and best of the classic Christmas songs ever, that will get you in the right spirit and get you the best compilation ever!