Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector

Since most popular Christmas songs were written about a hundred years ago, it stands to reason that there are very few good rock and roll Christmas songs. Nevertheless, there are a few rockers worth including in your holiday playlist. 

In Philadelphia, all the FM radio stations celebrate Christmas by playing Bruce Springsteen's version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town about a million times. Starting right after Thanksgiving, you will hear those sleigh bells and that rocking version of this tune from the mighty E Street Band. In that part of the world, it isn't Christmas without the Boss and Clarence Clemons (The Big Man)  doing their Yuletide musical thing.

 Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Family is the South Texas holiday standardPresenting the ultimate musical description of trailer trash Christmas rituals, it is a song that is remarkable for the inclusion of the word Tampax as well as REK's rhyming boy friend with Mexican. A great holiday tune that showcases Robert's sly wit.

Besides these two, the best collection of rocking Christmas songs can be found on this album from Phil Spector. Using his classic Wall of Sound along with his stable of girl groups and singers like Darleen Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals, and Bob B. Soxx, Spector has recorded the ultimate Christmas album. The album has a huge sound and these tunes really rock.

 Check out these versions of Christmas classics like White Christmas (Darleen Love),  Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (The Crystals), and Frosty the Snowman (The Ronettes). Put these on and you will be rocking around the Christmas tree.

  All are available on iTunes and from Amazon. Merry Christmas.


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