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Dear World,

I love Christmas.  I love the Christmas season.  I love music.  Christmas season provides some great music (I blogged last week about three of my favorite Christmas songs).  Sadly, however, every December some really awful Christmas songs make the rounds.  According to an informal poll I took last year (Vote for the Worst Excuse for a Christmas Song), the top three worst Christmas songs are:

1. “Santa Baby” – 25.81% of Popular Vote

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt

Santa Baby” is an absolutely horrible song.  Trying to seduce Saint Nicholas in order to get more bling is just trashy.  For real, leave the old man alone Catwoman.

2. “Last Christmas” – 22.58% of the Popular Vote

George Michael Last ChristmasLast Christmas”  is quite possibly the most annoying song ever sung by a man.  George Michael really did the world a great injustice by recording this number. (Not to be confused with this George Michael)

George Michael Bluth

3. “Little Drummer Boy” – 16.13% of the Popular Vote

Bing Crosby and David Bowie "Little Drummer Boy"You have to give props to “The Little Drummer Boy” for bringing together such diverse people as David Bowie and Bing Crosby.  This song, however, is not a good Christmas song.  One reason: there was no little drummer boy at the nativity.  As I said last year, “If you can give me definitive evidence that there was a kid with a snare drum at the nativity, I will move to Minnesota in a blizzard.”

Now for the main point of this post.

Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg is not a Christmas song.  This may be apparent to you based on the name (an obvious New Year’s reference).  Yet, apparently all radio stations believe this to be an appropriate contribution to the Christmas music genre.

Catchy song. Sad that ole Dan died, but please stop playing this alongside “O Holy Night” and “Jingle Bells.”

Until later friends…

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Welcome to Friday my friends.  Between finishing a paper, talking trash with a yankee, and hanging out with my wife, it’s been a good week.  I am looking forward to next week, and getting to travel back to the homeland.

At work, throughout our daily conversations about restaurant equipment, specialty coffee equipment, and frequent coffee breaks (using a Chemex or Aeropress usually), we play a little game – and by “we” I mean the marketing department.  We don’t really have a title for this game, but the concept is pretty simple: if you sing, hum, or whistle a tune, and later on someone else starts to sing, whistle, or hum that tune, you earn a point.  We don’t really keep track of the points, but it does bring a little bit more joy to our days.  One of our favorite tunes to pass around the office is the theme from Jurassic Park.

We are a very musical office.  All types of music are mentioned in our office from Carman to Ray Wylie Hubbard to the Avett Brothers to Lecrae to Notorious BIG to The Temptations.  We have talked about Christmas music more often recently (even though one weirdo has been singing Christmas songs since March).  We were specifically talking about poor excuses for Christmas songs (or awful Christmas songs in general).  Some songs are played at Christmas just because they are about snow and stuff.  Others attempt to be more Christmas-like by talking about a baby being born, but when compared to the biblical Christmas narrative are found wanting.  So, here is the weekly Friday poll.  Please participate and tell your friends.

There are many bad Christmas songs out there.  If you think there is an even more awful Christmas song that I missed, please make your argument in the comments below.

Until later friends…

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