Mix Tape Holiday: Happy Xmas (Tapes Are Over)
Well, the Christmas mix tapes, anyway. I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled mix tape this Friday.
Today’s tape includes some interesting alt covers of popular Christmas tunes — everything from R.E.M. and Pearl Jam to The Pipettes and The Spice Girls. I just stumbled upon The Spice Girls’ track last week, and I’m rather tickled about it.
Download. Dance and unwrap. Trap a cutie under the mistletoe.
R.E.M. :: Good King Wenceslas
Marshall Crenshaw :: Feliz Navidad
Dave Edmunds :: Run Rudolph Run
U2 :: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Spice Girls :: Christmas Wrapping
Everclear :: Santa Baby
The Polyphonic Spree :: Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Wedding Present :: Step into Christmas
Swipe! feat. Gwenno :: Last Christmas
Sufjan Stevens :: Holy, Holy, Holy
Sam Phillips :: It Came upon a Midnight Clear
Tom Waits :: Silent Night
Pedro the Lion :: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Lisa Loeb :: Jingle Bells
Pete Yorn :: Do They Know It’s Christmas?
The Pipettes :: White Christmas
R.E.M. :: Merry Xmas Everyone
Bright Eyes :: Blue Christmas
Ivy : Christmas Time Is Here
Hem :: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Clem Snide :: Joy to the World
Syd Straw + Rickie Lee Jones :: O Holy Night
Alexi Murdoch :: Silent Night
Neko Case :: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Labrea Stompers :: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Pearl Jam :: Don’t Believe in Christmas
Flat Duo Jets :: Jingle Bells
Seersucker :: Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto
Joan Jett :: Little Drummer Boy
Phantom Planet :: Winter Wonderland
My Chemical Romance :: All I Want for Christmas Is You
Henry Rollins :: Twas the Night Before Christmas
The R.E.M. cover of Slade’s (and later, Oasis’) “Merry Xmas Everybody” is brand-spanking new, having arrived in my mailbox with my Christmas fan club package last week. That’s Mike Mills singing lead.
It’s tough for me to skip The Pretenders’ “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — but, damn, Hem’s version is just beautiful. Be sure to listen.
I despise “Little Drummer Boy” — except for two versions: Bing and Bowie’s classic and Joan Jett’s. Joan makes the song cool, so pa rum pum pum pum with her.
Happy Christmas, my e-beloveds! I hope Santa brings you everything you asked for. I’ve been a very good girl, so it looks like I’m getting what I’ve been asking for all year.
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