Sunday, January 11, 2004

Listen, The Snow Is Falling Everywhere

Christmas is over. Heck, Greek Orthodox Christmas is even over. So why in blue blazes am I posting my picks for the ultimate Christmas mix CD right now? Well, first, it's because I started compiling one before Christmas, but you know how things are in the holidays. You get busy at work, you have all that shopping to do, there are Christmas parties to go to, and things get lost in the shuffle. So I'm finishing it now, and I can always link back to it next Christmas.

But there's actually a good reason to make a Christmas mix in early January: You're already so sick to death of Christmas music at this point that if you can come up with a collection of songs that don't make you want to claw your ears off, then you know you've put together something that works.

This compilation is something that works. It's composed mostly of stuff you haven't heard a million times before, and in fact, you can pretty much listen to it anytime of the year. And when July comes round and you're desperate for anything that might help you beat the heat, you can pop this on and reminisce fondly about that bone-aching chill back in December.

1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
2. Ghost Reindeer In The Sky - R.E.M.
3. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
4. The Christmas Song - Weezer
5. Bells of Christmas - The Beach Boys
6. On Christmas Day - Brian Wilson
7. Jesus Christ - Big Star
8. Christmas Time - The Chris Stamey Group (in effect, The dB's)
9. Christmas at the Zoo - The Flaming Lips
10. Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy
11. The Little Drummer Boy - The Dandy Warhols
12. Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas - Eels
13. Christmas Eve - Teenage Fanclub
14. O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Belle & Sebastian
15. Blue Christmas - Low
16. Listen, the Snow Is Falling Everywhere - Galaxie 500
17. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - The Alarm
18. Christmas Time - Smashing Pumpkins
19. Every Day Is Christmas - The Webb Brothers
20. Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
21. Thanks for Christmas - XTC
22. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues (feat. Kirsty McColl)
23. Donna and Blitzen - Badly Drawn Boy

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