My Little Collection of Odd & Offbeat Holiday Songs

3718693-stylized-holly-berry-and-dots-on-a-dark-backgroundSo, this is an open thread as you’ve probably gathered by now.  It’s musical. It’s full of holiday songs.  It’s full of really offbeat Christmas songs because I’m that sorta dakini.  Blame Josh Barro and Dave Stringer Huge’s Tolerable Christmas Playlist on Spotify.   Some of them are very bluesy, some are punk rocky and some are outrageous and EXPLICIT.

From Tom Waits Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis (what can I say … it’s Tom Waits!!!)

The Pretenders: 2000 Miles  (obscure and beautiful)

From Eric Idle:  F%^k Christmas  (yes,it’s graphic)

Sufjan Stevens:  That Was the Worst Christmas Ever  (hauntingly beautiful and acoustic)

Fountains of Wayne:  I want an Alien for Christmas  (It’s very neo Punk and fun!)

snoop dogg: santa claus goes straight to the ghetto (graphic, funky, and very socially aware rap)

The Kinks:  Father Christmas (CLASSIC)

Blink 182: I won’t be home for Christmas  (Youngest Daughter was obsessed with this group 4evah!!! Rocky Neopunk and very dark humor lyrics)

Julian Casablancas:  I wish it was Christmas today (Cross between the Kinks and the Ramones plus Julian is yummy!)

Jimmy Eat World:  Last Christmas (It’s an update to a song sung by Wham! and George Michael so yes, very pop, very 80s and could be covered by Justin Beiber … Highly CORNY.)

The Waitresses:  Christmas Wrapping (From my misspent punky youth … I loved this group for some reason)

The Ronettes:  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus  (Yes, it’s the Wall of Sound, creepy Phil Spector and that very 1960s sound!)

The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl:  New York Fairy Tale  (A beautiful, haunting song with a very Irish sound and dark lyrics.)


I got a few more up my sleeve and I’ll post them as the evening wears on and my wine glass refills.


11 Comments on “My Little Collection of Odd & Offbeat Holiday Songs”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Another great character actor is gone. Charles Durning dies at 88.

  2. I just want to say to all of you wonderful readers, Merry Christmas! Every day I say a little thank you to the gods that we have a special blogging community here at Sky Dancing.

    Enjoy these songs Dak…thank you for everything that you do and to Boston Boomer, you are awesome. Love ya both!

    • dakinikat says:

      love you too!!! how are you making out with the weather now? I see it’s over you !!!

    • HT says:

      It’s odd how we forge links with people we’ve never met in real time, however it happens. Stay safe and be safe you and your family. Funny also that tonight I had some of my family over for dinner and as usual it was not what I wanted. One cannot control genetic families I suppose, nor can one wish that everything will be okay and magically it will be.
      JJ I hope that your family have a wonderful time.
      Being a muppet fan, I can only offer a less than satisfactory christmas oddity, but it’s heartfelt.

    • NW Luna says:

      You three are all awesome and again I find myself saying ITA, or What s/he said!

      Thank you and keep up the Resistance! Hope all make it safely through the weather.

  3. NW Luna says:

    The Rebel Jesus – Jackson Browne

    All the streets are filled with laughter and light
    And the music of the season
    And the merchants’ windows are all bright
    With the faces of the children
    And the families hurrying to their homes
    As the sky darkens and freezes
    Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
    Giving thanks for God’s graces
    And the birth of the rebel Jesus

    Well they call him by the “Prince Of Peace”
    And they call him by “The Saviour”
    And they pray to him upon the sea
    And in every bold endeavor
    As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
    And their faith in him increases
    But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
    From a temple to a robber’s den
    In the words of the rebel Jesus

    We guard our world with locks and guns
    And we guard our fine possessions
    And once a year when Christmas comes
    We give to our relations
    And perhaps we give a little to the poor
    If the generosity should seize us
    But if any one of us should interfere
    In the business of why they are poor
    They get the same as the rebel Jesus

    But pardon me if I have seemed
    To take the tone of judgement
    For I’ve no wish to come between
    This day and your enjoyment
    In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
    We have need for anything that frees us
    So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
    From a heathen and a pagan
    On the side of the rebel Jesus