Tired of the same ol' Christmas "classics"? Are you ready to shoot your nearest relative when "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" comes on the radio? Do you swear you will take somebody out next time "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad)" is played at the mall? Us too - that's why we searched high and low for new Yuletide classics: songs we guarantee won't mess with your inner wiring, even when your children are requesting you play it again ... for the fifteenth time.
And yes, this is a work in progress, so please send us your underground favorite songs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Ho Ho Holidays!
1. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Originally released in 1953, this charming song (sung by 10 year old Gayla Peevey), will have your child singing along in no time.
2. Don’t Shoot Me Santa. Las Vegas’ the Killers serve up a South-of-the-Border plea to the Man with the Bag.
3. The 12 Pains of Christmas. Bob Rivers’ irreverent—and hilariously spot-on—summary of the holiday season.
4. Honky the Christmas Goose. Just saying the title makes you laugh. Funnier still, this 1965 ditty is sung by Johnny Bower, who used to play hockey for the Toronto Maple Leaves
5. Dominick the Christmas Donkey. "Hey! Chingedy ching,hee haw hee haw. It’s Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey." We kid you not.
6. Father Christmas (Give Me Your Money). The Kings sing about a Santa Claus bell-ringer getting mugged outside a general store by a bunch of kids.
For your listening pleasure. If you like your holiday music on the eccentric side, tune in your virtual radio to San Francisco-based Somafm.com, and click on their "Xmas in Frisko" station.