The Bloodshot Staff Picks Their Favorite Christmas Songs


December 23rd, 2015 by bsradmin

In lieu of our weekly Vinyl Friday post, we put together a list of our favorite Christmas songs, in an effort to continue to subject you to the Bloodshot staff's bizarre and eclectic music tastes during this holiday week. We hope these festive and demented songs will be a part of your playlist while you open presents and drink heavily spiked eggnog around the dead trees in your living rooms. (Might we suggest adding the new Waco Brothers Christmas song as well.) 

Bloodshot Co-Chief Rob Miller: "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter / "Christmas in Hollis" by RUN DMC

That groove!  Clarence Carter's original funky soul double entendre is naughty AND nice.  The kids will do the funky butt in front of the fireplace and the old folks with young hearts will exchange sly winks every time he sings "Santa only comes but once a year...ho ho ho..."

And Then RUN DMC's sampling keeps the groove alive...

Super forever bonus points for:
"it's Christmas time in Hollis Queens
Mom's cookin' chicken and collard greens
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese
And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees"

Everybody sing along!!

Rob's runners up: 

"Merry Christmas Baby" by Ike & Tina Turner

Full disclosure: I LOVE virtually EVERYTHING Ike & Tina did. But this take on Charles Brown's closing time, wistful lament will put a candy cane in your stocking, or jack, you dead. A groove so deep you need hip waders to get through it. Studies have shown that 68% of all rhythm sections burn their instruments and take up day jobs at Applebee's when they here the primal, DEEP soul proto-punk of this song. It's powerful stuff.

"Silent Night"  The Staple Singers

An already beautiful song taken to heights of sheer majesty. Simple, elevating, crystalline perfection.

As a side note, being a recent first time dog owner has NOT diminished, whatsoever, my volcanic hatred of the dogs barking "Jingle Bells."

Bloodshot Publicity Poobah Josh Zanger: "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee

Whenever I hear this song it reminds me of the hidden powers it possesses in helping abandoned kids protect their homes around the holidays. 

Bloodshot Retail Rancher Pete Klockau: “Let’s Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas” from Mystery Science Theater 3000

Why? Because it’s the Swayze-est.

Bloodshot Radio Ranger Mike Sosin: "Snow" by Bing Crosby, Trudy Stevens, Peggy Lee, and Danny Kaye

I mean, come on, they were excited about snow? Snow is awesome. And White Christmas is the best Christmas movie. Period.


Bloodshot New Media Maven Mike Smith: "Grandpa's Last Christmas" by The Vandals
In late October, before Halloween has even run its course, and I see the Christmas paraphenalia first make its warm, capitalist entrance at the drug store, this is the first song that pops into my head. I have no idea why other than that it's a brilliant, twisted song. I really do like Christmastime, but it's always met with a pinch of angst before the Christmas spirit sets in (and it usually takes a viewing of Elf to trigger that). Perhaps I am the actual definition of a Scrooge - we tend to forget Ebenezer was redeemed. 

Favorite verse:

Tell me why does he hit me with his cane?
And why should I get him a gift if he doesn't know my name?
How come he always calls me "Kate"
And forgets his dentures on his dinner plate?
Bloodshot Warehouse Warrior Justin Hertner: "Carol of the Bells" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I just can’t get enough of all the pinch harmonics in this song. Nothin’ like head bangin’ while you're Christmas sleighin'.