Sunday, December 3, 2017

Alternative Christmas Music: 2004's Playlist


The first CD was mainly inspired by the purchasing of this CD Xfm: it's a Cool Cool Christmas. As far as I can tell it's no longer for sale but if enough people wanted it I might be able to speak to Jeepster records to see if they can make it available for download.
It was a charity release raising money for the big issue. It's a very worthy cause and the songs are by some of the best indie bands the world had to offer at the time so please give genorously.

I've posted the tracklisting for the first CD below, check out the big link party at the bottom.

1 Oi To The World - The Vandals  
2 Merry Xmas Everybody - Oasis
3 Alan Parsons In a Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy
4 Just Like Christmas - Low
5 Last Christmas - Jimmy Eat World
6 Winter Wooskie - Belle & Sebastian 
7 I Want An Alien For Christmas - Fountains Of Wayne
8 Little Drummer Boy - The Dandy Warhols
9 The Power of Love - Feeder
10 Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas - Eels
11 She Came Home For Christmas - Mew
12 Maybe This Christmas - Ron Sexsmith
13 The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
14 O Come. O Come Emmanuel - Belle & Sebatian  
15 I Believe In Father Christmas - Six By Seven
16 A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) - The Flaming Lips
17 I Was Born on Christmas Day - Saint Etienne
18 Donna & Blitzen - Badly Drawn Boy

 Some of the tracks come from the brilliant Warchild Charity Album 1Love. The songs are now available to download seperately but the charity is a really important one. Give to them here.

1 Oi To The World - The Vandals  
We do like a bit of punk at xmassongblog towers. One of the finest came right at the start on CD vol1
wikipedia
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2 Merry Xmas Everybody - Oasis 
This was released on a charity album so please give a donation to warchild.
Wikipedia link to the charity album  
Amazon

3 Alan Parsons In a Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy 
This track comes from the excellent Charity complilation - It's a Cool Cool Christmas put together by Xfm in aid of the big issue This is a magazine published on behalf of and sold by homeless or vulnerably housed people. It's a wonderful charity so if you find this track you should give a donation too. 
Original Jeepster records link 
wikipedia 
Amazon link to charity album I first found this track on.
Amazon link to the single version. 
 
4 Just Like Christmas - Low
This is the best Christmas song ever if you ask me!
Wikipedia 
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5 Last Christmas - Jimmy Eat World
One of many versions of this song you'll find on my playlists. 
Wikipedia 
Amazon


6 Winter Wooskie - Belle & Sebastian 
Originally a b-side to the Legal Man single. Such a sweet little song. Not an actual Christmas song but who could care when it's this good. 
Wikipedia
Amazon 


7 I Want An Alien For Christmas - Fountains Of Wayne
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8 Little Drummer Boy - The Dandy Warhols
Another song taken from the excellent Big Issue/XFM charity album It's a cool cool Christmas.
Now the songs are available from Bandcamp. Name your price or FREE! to download if you choose. Even better you can snap up their version of silent night too.
Don't forget to give generously to The Big Issue 

 9 The Power of Love - Feeder
Not an obvious Christmas song but the original Frankie goes to Hollywood version has long been associated with it here in the UK after being a Christmas hit in 1984. This version is another song contained on an NME/Warchild compilation. Read the wiki here and give to Warchild.
Amazon link for album 
and for the digital download
10 Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas - Eels
Yet another song from It's a Cool Cool Christmas
Amazon



11 She Came Home For Christmas - Mew
Wiki 
Amazon 

 
12 Maybe This Christmas - Ron Sexsmith
Wiki 
Amazon 

13 The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
One of my all time favourite Christmas songs. 
Amazon 

14 O Come. 14 O Come Emmanuel - Belle & Sebatian
See I told you this charity album had a strong influence on the first playlist. This is the 4th song I used. Oh and the second Belle and Sebastien. Looking back I wish I'd not had two songs from the same group on the playlist.Just doesn't feel right now... sigh.
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15 I Believe In Father Christmas - Six By Seven
Can't find many links to this version now which is a shame cos these were one of my favourite indie bands at the time. 

16 A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) - The Flaming Lips
The last track on this slightly obscure flaming lips mini album. seeing them this summer (2015) at Liverpool Soundcity, am really excited.
Amazon

 
17 I Was Born on Christmas Day - Saint Etienne
Lovely Christmas pop from the pop band it was ok to like when I was growing up.
Wikipedia
Amazon



18 Donna & Blitzen - Badly Drawn Boy
Finally from the soundtrack to About a Boy is this song. It wonders that balance beam that a lot of indie pop does between cheesy and a beautiful. This one gets the balance just right.
Wikipedia (album) 
Amazon