Friday, 18 December 2009

Alternative Christmas

At my work we are subjected to listening to some pretty ghastly music, songs I imagine done by people who went to stage school and never quite made it, so ended up on a mix of obscure and awful music pumped into a well-know shop because the people who own the company don't want to pay for Black Eyed Peas or Shakira. One thing even more awful than the regular music they play are the Christmas songs. Popular Christmas singles are usually uninspired at the best of times and now the only thing people are looking forward to is the battle between Rage Against the Machine and that wee guy who won X Factor. No matter how much the word 'anarchy' is banded around to describe the situation, they both stand for the same thing- music that makes me sigh, then shrug, then forget it even exists. If the mass public just looked a little deeper for their Christmas songs they would find that there are several gems to be found in the land of alternative music. Here's something a little different to play on Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate. 'Cause you know, secularism!

Slow Club - Christmas TV

Frightened Rabbit - It's Christmas So We'll Stop

Sufjan Stevens - Did I Make You Cry On Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It!)

There Will Be Fireworks - In Excelsis Deo

Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today

Leadbelly - Christmas is Comin'

Lindstrom - Little Drummer Boy


  1. Great List! Definitely going in my ears. And my ears will be saying YUM!

  2. The first two are two of my favourite songs, so good I often listen to them outwith Christmas time.

    There is an album I listened to the other day that had 'alternative' bands playing Christmas songs. It is the second best Christmas album I've listened to this yuletide, with the best obviously going to the Hoff with 'The Night Before Christmas'.