It's that time again to gather friends and family, trade gifts and warm memories, and tie one on. And I'm not talking about tying jingle bells to the pom-pom on your Santa hat.
Every year, I scour the web to find a fresh batch of Christmas tunes and put together a Christmas mix CD to give out to friends to provide a musical backdrop for the holiday times that's a little more interesting than good old Bing singing "White Christmas" or not-so-good old George Michael singing "Last Christmas".
As a gift to you, my dear reader, I have posted the link to a zip file containing this year's holiday mix in mp3 format. Enjoy, and don't get too carried away with the drinky yuletide cheer. You don't want to end up in the ER having a candy cane removed from another dark orifice again this year!
Link: Christmas Clambake! (right click, save as...)
01 Julian Casablancas: I Wish It Was Christmas Today
02 Hot Chocolate: Brand New Christmas
03 Thick Pigeon: Jingle Bell Rock
04 The Weather Girls: Dear Santa
05 The Kinks: Father Christmas
06 Tori Amos: Star of Wonder
07 Jackie Wilson: Silver Bells
08 Bob Rivers: Carol of the Bartenders
09 Squirrel Nut Zippers: Santa Claus Is Smoking Reefer
10 Eddie Cochran: I Want Elvis for Christmas
11 Bob Dylan: Must Be Santa
12 Carrie Lanza: Bubble Tub
13 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Little Drummer Boy
14 Merle Haggard: Grandma’s Homemade Christmas Card
15 Gloria Estefan: Love on Layaway
16 Peggy Lee: Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer
17 Ringo Starr: I Wanna Be Santa Claus
18 Rilo Kiley: Christmas Cake