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Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Time

My favorite rock and roll Christmas song of all time, by Chris Stamey. "Christmas Time," from 1985, features the dB's, a great pop band from Winston-Salem North Carolina that Stamey had helped found before leaving in 1983.

This song was originally issued on the 1985 mini-album Christmas Time. The remainder of the tracks feature Mary Mac, Kathy Harrington, and Ted Lyons, who comprised Stamey's regular band at the time. The remainder of the LP veers from ambient meditations to girl-group fizz and inspired lunacy. It's definitely worth picking up; a CD reissue added several bonus cuts.

Time does stand still at Christmas, and hooky pop/rock with punchy, jangly guitars and vocal harmonies is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

Several more favorites:
John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"
The Beach Boys, "Christmas Day"
Tish Hinojosa, "Arbolito"
The Monkees, "Riu Chiu"
XTC, "Thanks for Christmas"
Vince Guaraldi, "Skating"
Big Star, "Jesus Christ"
The Crystals, "White Christmas"
The Beach Boys, "Little Saint Nick"
Jose Feliciano, "Feliz Navidad"
Jill Sobule, "Merry Christmas from the Family"
The Jackson Five, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
Roy Orbison, "Pretty Paper"
Chris Stamey Group, "You're What I Want (for Christmas)"


Blogger Evie Garland said...

I love Feliz Navidad too. People laugh at me.

7:38 PM, December 25, 2008

Anonymous Alex said...

It's not really Christmas without the John & Yoko song... and the XTC! :)

3:49 PM, December 26, 2008

Blogger Nancy said...

I love the "bagels and bongo's" album that has Latin flavored Jewish songs

Stu for some reason my mail put your message in the trash and when I moved it to the mail it disappeared into the black hole of cyberspace...saw that you put my website up, thank you so much.....

8:15 AM, December 28, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What no Twisted Sister! That is a crazy fun Cd. I love White Christmas with Rosemary Clooney. Her voice is a true blessing. It comforts you and brings back memories.

4:37 PM, January 21, 2009


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