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Any Major X-Mas Mix

December 19th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

For the less cynically inclined, here is my second Christmas mix. Some of the featured songs here are quite brilliant. Donny Hathaway’s This Christmas is a contender for the greatest seasonal song ever (my nephew rates Ron Sexsmith’s song as his all-time Christmas favourite Christmas). Rosie Thomas’ offering is my favourite this year, and by rights it will become a seasonal classic. Lou Rawls, Otis Redding and the Temptation all do something quite special with their respective classic songs. But Christmas is a bit cheesy, and a good mix needs songs one would otherwise not wish to hear.  Including the ghastly Dana here is a bit like bringing Ayn Rand to your Socialist Workers Christmas Party. But where Ayn Rand was a vastly overrated writer (or, indeed, intellect), Dana does pretty well with her song, which owes everything to the sound of early Abba. And I still delight in instantly earworming a former colleague with Here Comes Santa Claus, from the classic Phil Spector Christmas album, just by menioning it.

This is all from me before Christmas. Next week I’ll consider my favourite blogs of the year. Have a joyful Christmas all!

1. Twisted Sister – Deck The Halls
2. Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime
3. Donnie Hathaway – This Christmas
4. Lou Rawls – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Rosie Thomas – Why Can’t It Be Christmas Every Day
6. Colbie Caillat – Mistletoe
7. The Weepies – All That I Want
8. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
9. They Might Be Giants – Santa’s Beard
10. Belle & Sebastian – Christmas Time Is Here
11. Nicole Atkins – Blue Christmas
12. Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling
13. Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby
14. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming To Town
15. Dana – It’s Gonna Be A Cold Christmas
16. BB Jeans & the Bobby Sox – Here Comes Santa Claus
17. Gerry & The Pacemakers – All I Want For Christmas
18. Jackson Five – Give Love On Christmas Day
19. Otis Redding – White Christmas
20. The Temptations – Silent Night
21. Aaron Neville – O Little Town Of Bethlehem
22. Lisa Loeb – Jingle Bells
23. The Young Republic – Merry Christmas Again…

(This mix is gone, but all of the tracks are on other mixes, especially Any Major Christmas Pop Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)

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  1. dickvandyke
    December 19th, 2008 at 23:34 | #1

    All the very best … and thank you for such inspiration, entertainment and education.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. December 20th, 2008 at 01:15 | #2

    Oh man, I am lame enough that I got *really* excited when I misread this title as “Any Major X-Men Mix”. Oops! But an X-mas mix is excitement-worthy, too. :) I’m waiting with anticipation for this file to download.

    Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones! :)

  3. December 20th, 2008 at 12:44 | #3

    We’ve actually done 2 Xmas Mixes ourselves. Find them here and here. They’re not all Xmas songs, but both have a ‘Xmas feel’.

    For people who can read a little bit of Dutch: here you can find the story, both tracklistings and the album covers. Enjoy!

  4. December 21st, 2008 at 00:25 | #4

    Merry Christmas!!!

    I’ll try to ignore commenting on tracks to do with Santa Coming. Just because I don’t want to reveal the pervier Carry On side to me.

    Bruce’s version of Santa Claus is probably my all time favourite Christmas track. When I was a kid Capital Radio in London were huge champions of Bruce, and come Christmas time that would come on straightaway. It’s just got a great energy, and it doesn’t feel cheesy at all; Bruce just sounds like he means it.

    And it’s fun!

  5. December 21st, 2008 at 10:00 | #5

    Oh come now, Simon, I hear your pervier Carry On side is your most attractive.

    Why does Santa Claus have such big balls?
    Because he comes only once a year.

    thangyouverymuch, I also do children’s parties.

  6. December 22nd, 2008 at 01:05 | #6

    Damn, that Carpenters one gets me every time.

    Merry Christmas Major!

  7. December 24th, 2008 at 00:22 | #7

    Looks nice down here.
    Nicely painted. Nice wallpapers. Nice carpets, nice curtains…

    But, as I’m on it: while you’re redecorating, could you please change the name of my blog in your blogroll. It should read “Best of Both Worlds”, instead of “…Both WORDS”. The “L” is missing, and always has been (even in your old blogspot).
    But thanks anyhow for mentioning me in your linklist.

    I wish you (as they say in your area): Frohe Weihnachten und ein glueckliches neues Jahr.

  8. el
    December 24th, 2008 at 11:57 | #8

    Nice new weblog.!
    best wishes and thanks for all the interesting blogs & music.
    Greets, El

  9. Uncle E
    December 25th, 2008 at 01:01 | #9

    I’ll add my perv XXX-Mas comment: As Santa said to Mrs. Claus, “I’ll give you something to ho ho ho about…”

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  10. OtisApplepie
    January 22nd, 2014 at 04:12 | #10

    Hope to see this gem reposted! MC Herr amdwhah!

  11. pretentiousgirl
    April 6th, 2014 at 16:03 | #11

    this one doesn’t seem to be working at any of the links, any chance it can be re-posted? thank you for all of these wonderful mixes!

  12. O.B. Dan
    November 22nd, 2014 at 06:22 | #12

    This incredible mix, ideal for listening while driving, has an expired link. Can you re-up this for this Christmas? Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all!

  13. Primero
    December 11th, 2014 at 21:34 | #13

    I will add to the chorus of those who wish this mix would be re-upped, the track list is awesome!!

  14. halfhearteddude
    December 11th, 2014 at 22:53 | #14

    A mix quite similar to (and, in my view, better than) this mix will go up next week.

  15. RMstorm
    December 18th, 2019 at 05:57 | #15

    Link not active or working

  16. halfhearteddude
    December 18th, 2019 at 07:27 | #16

    This mix is gone, I’m afraid, but all of the tracks are on other mixes, especially Any Major Christmas Pop Vol. 1 and Vol. 2



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