5 Mad and Merry Christmas Songs
A fine and bullshit-free choice of our favorite Christmas songs, background info and more Culture in FTN Daily #71, Sat, Dec 24, 2016
1. The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl — Fairytale Of New York
Fairytale of New York is a masterpiece. Period.
If you need more convincing, read Michael Brendan Dougherty’s piece in The Week to learn all about “possibly the most sentimental Christmas song ever constructed, yet loved by people who spend December telling you, oh, how they despise sentimental Christmas songs.”
2. Tom Lehrer — A Christmas Carol
Yes. This song is not very “libertarian” for its rips on consumerism. Still, Tom Lehrer pinpoints human nature like no other. And because it’s a time of giving, here is Christopher Hitchens’ rendition at Reason Magazine’s Christmas party. Being an astute observer, Mr Hitchens can’t help but remark how similar this time of year is to living in “fucking North Korea”.
3. Dogmatics — X-Mas Time (Sure Don’t Feel Like)
The Dogmatics, a garage punk band from Boston, contributed their Anti-Christmas hymn to the 1984 compilation A Midnight Christmas Mess. It was covered by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones as well. Like other Dogmatics songs, X-Mas Time is rough, honest and real.
4. Jon Lajoie — Cold Blooded Christmas
5. The Ramones — Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
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