Can’t escape holiday music on the radio? Then you came to the wrong blog today. We are talking about some of our favorite Christmas songs of all-time and sharing some fun insight.
Elton John’s “Step into Christmas” may be one the more “out there” holiday songs recorded. Seriously, watch this video. Snow wasn’t the only white powder that was used to make this album feel like a party song.
You have to give John credit – this song does not let up and gets his full 1970s treatment. Harmonies, a kicking piano part, groovy bassline, fun lyrics. This is a great Christmas number because it sounds like an Elton John song. He put some effort into this badboy and it shows. According to liner notes that I stole from Wikipedia, it was recorded with a “wall of sound” feel ala Phil Spector. I don’t quite hear it, but I did pick up this gem….The B-side to this was “Ho,Ho, Ho, (Who’d be a turkey on Christmas)….ummmmmmm, yeah, there was something going on during this recording that would have given DEA agents pause.
Who doesn’t love “Snoopy and the Red Baron,” the snappy little song detailing Charlie Brown’s dog battling the WWI German flying ace? Well, apparently Peanuts creator Charles Schultz who sued the band its producers over copyright infringement case in 1966. Well, Schultz was in the right as the band—a Florida-based group known by the British sounding Royal Guardsmen – tool the plot of a Peanuts story line and put it in song form.
Well, Schultz wasn’t an entirely bad dude and later let The Royal Guardsmen create other Snoopy songs. Still, it is a pretty cool ditty.
Ok, Christmas Time is Here is supposed to sound reverent of the season, but really this may be the most depressing Yule Tide song not recorded by Greg Lake. Part of the reason is the spoken word part where Charlie Brown talks about how sad he is at this time of year. But in reality, this song sounds like it was recorded by a bunch of kids who each learned their dog got run over that morning. Seriously, you can almost see three-day old snow covered with black soot and rain coming down while listening to this.
White Christmas was originally from the movie “Holiday Inn.” Yes, that is the name of the movie it original appeared in, but the famous version is from the subsequent movie, “White Christmas.”
Was it a hit? Well, there have been 50 million copies of the song (not the movie) sold worldwide making it the most popular song of all time. That doesn’t include the sales of the more than 500 different versions recorded over the years. Of course, we still think My Sharona will get a second wind any day now and push White Christmas from the top!
Major faux pas on our part, we almost forgot the McKenzie Brothers’ 12 Days of Christmas. Yes, this is more popular in the North, but what a great song as actors Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis butcher the 12 Days of Christmas as decoded by two drunken Canadians.
It was from their album Great White North in which the gifts included eight comic books, seven packs of smokes (cigarettes), six packs of two-four (“two-four” is Canadian slang for a case of 24 bottles of beer), five golden toques, four pounds of back bacon, three (pieces of) French toast, two turtlenecks, and a beer in a tree (identified early on in the song merely as “a beer”). They did not get past the eighth day; Bob wanted to include a dozen (12) doughnuts on the twelfth day.