Okay, it’s by no means their best single, but it’s a damn fine one just the same, and the video is a certifiable hoot. My favorite part was the birth-school-work-death sequence in the second chorus (hmmm, that gives me an idea for a future installment). But what was with Jools Holland’s makeup?
OK everyone, back to work! Christmas is ovah! What? I’m the only one here? Ah well, I have gathered together for you three fine clips of some of the worst musical crap you’re ever to likely see or hear! First up, it’s a terrible band tackling a terrible song – Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” Dig that Casio! Dig those vocals!
Next up it’s a band doing some godawful original noise. The first couple minutes of setting up their gear is skippable, but once they get going, look out! Who knew that a trombone could be tortured in such a way? Is this what our tax dollars are going towards? Gimme back my moolah!
If you’ve made it this far, congrats! (And if you’re clicking on this one first, shame on you.) Lastly, we have Jan Terri’s infamously crappy song and video “Lose Tonight.” I first saw this terror on one of the great TV Carnage DVDs, but it’s also online for so many more millions of people to enjoy. So enjoy it! Happy ongoing holidaze!
…then you’re also one of those people who generally waits until immediately after Christmas to pick up their Christmas music. I mean, after all, it’s invariably on sale, y’know? Anyway, here are two suggestions to keep an eye out for:
Christmas with Dino: Thirteen classic Christmas songs as interpreted by that little ol’ wine drinker him. But what’s this? There are actually seventeen tracks…? That’s because the album is filled out by three bonus alternate versions of “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” and “Let It Show! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Okay, Mr. Mathematician, so you noticed we’re still one track short. Well, trust me, you’re better off skipping the first song; it’s a newly-created “duet” between Dean Martin and Martin McBride, and while Dean’s buddy Frank managed to do two albums worth of duets without actually sharing a studio with any of his collaborators, at least Frank was still among the living. This thing is just tacky.
Christmas with the Rat Pack: But, hey, as long as we’re bringing Frank into this, let’s head into this collection of material by Sinatra, Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.. It’s 21 tracks, with one of them previously unreleased: Sammy’s “Christmas Time All Over The World.” Funny how there’s nothing here by Peter Lawford or Joey Bishop. Actually, no, it isn’t, come to think of it. (Have you ever heard those guys sing…?)
Now you, too, can understand why Norm Macdonald’s “Weekend Update” joke was so funny:
My gift to you: the video for Billy Joel’s “She’s Right On Time.”
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Looks like Jessica “DD” Simpson won’t be paying tribute to Dolly Parton during an upcoming show. She was slated to perform “9 to 5″ but screwed up the words, so the producers of the show gave her a second chance. She wasn’t happy with that one, either, and requested to be dropped from the tribute. Maybe they can make room for someone who can actually sing.
What is the Internet good for if not bringing everyone some holiday cheer? Well the folks over at Last Christmas have been busy seeking out any and all bands who have covered the classic (?) Wham! song and bringing the goodness to your ears. Frankly, I get pretty sick of Xmas music around the day after Thanksgiving, but a lot of people really dig it. There’s definitely nothing better than shopping in the mall and hearing 50 million different versions of all the Xmas classics in a few hours. Well nothing better until now, that is.
Luckily, I have yet to hear “The Twelve Days of Christmas” so far in any form this year, and yes that’s including the equally overplayed Bob and Doug Mackenzie version. Bah, humbug.
How can things go from bad to worse like this? First Britney dumps K-Fed, and now she’s been voted as “Worst Celebrity Dog Owner.” Jesus, what a tough time Spears is having as of late! But leave it to the readers of “Hollywood Dog” and “New York Dog” to dog the dog.
Oh, how me all miss Bit-Bit, Lacy and Lucky! But Brit-Brit and K-Fed gave them away to friends after two kids fell out of Britney’s torso. And she took better care of those dogs than those kids! At least she wasn’t dropping them and letting them drive. Such a shame. In other news, Oprah won “Best Celebrity Dog Owner.” Bit-Bit 4-EVA!!!
While we find it downright creepy that radio stations are flipping to all-Christmas-music playlists before Thanksgiving, it doesnât diminish our love of Christmas pop. This list could easily stretch out to 30 tracks, but we will stick to the 15-song limit, if only to make it easier to justify our glaring omissions. Weâre leaving off album titles because these songs are available on about 60 compilations each.
âFairytale of New York,â the Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl
âChristmas Wrapping,â the Waitresses
âDo They Know Itâs Christmas?,â Band Aid
âChristmas Day,â Squeeze
âDecember Will Be Magic Again,â Kate Bush
âChristmastime,â Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
âO Come All Ye Faithful,â Twisted Sister
âThanks for Christmas,â XTC
âDreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,â the Cast of âSouth Parkâ
âDonde Esta Santa Claus?,â Guster
âTwelve Days of Christmas,â Bob & Doug McKenzie
âGod Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Medley,â Barenaked Ladies w/ Sarah McLachlan
âMerry Christmas (I Donât Want to Fight),â the Ramones
âYouâre a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,â Whirling Dervishes
âBlue Christmas,â Collective Soul
Ah, Lou Reed. This is when Lou was bleached blonde and giving great interviews to the Australian press about how he didn’t take drugs but spent all his money on them. I wish he was still like this. Drugs were good for you, Lou.