Christmas songs for non-Christmas peopleDecember 23, 2008
So, as you could probably tell from yesterday’s post, I’m not a big Christmas person. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, never has. Jonathan Trigell puts it well: “I went to a Christian primary school. We all did back then; it was called “school”. At Christmas time, we prayed little-children prayers and sang jolly songs about Jesus. We were credulous children and we believed what the teachers told us.” But it didn’t take. (Nor did the other religions I was raised with.)
Perhaps as a result of this early attempt at indoctrination, my taste in Christmas songs definitely runs towards the twisted, cynical, funny or, really, anything that isn’t religious or heartwarming. “Fairytale of New York,” originally by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl, squeaks in because any Christmas song that includes “Happy Christmas, your ass/I pray God it’s our last” fits the bill. And Pansy Division – well, they’re Pansy Division, and they sing about what they always sing about, with a holiday veneer.
I’m going to post my very favourite holiday song on Christmas Day. But in the interim, I want to hear from you – what are your favourite examples of non-traditional holiday songs? Please post in the comments.
MP3: Pansy Division – Homo Christmas [very NSFW! Also not safe for straight men who are insecure about their sexuality.]
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