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I can't stand Xmas music, and I live in a house where everyone else loves it. Anyone else hate xmas music?

 

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Me except for:

 

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

 

Every body Pauses and stares at me

These two teeth are gone as you can see

I don't know just who to blame for this catastrophe!

But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!

 

All I want for Christmas

is my two front teeth,

my two front teeth,

see my two front teeth!

 

Gee, if I could only

have my two front teeth,

then I could wish you

"Merry Christmas."

It seems so long since I could say,

"Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!"

Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,

if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

 

All I want for Christmas

is my two front teeth,

my two front teeth,

see my two front teeth.

 

Gee, if I could only

have my two front teeth,

then I could wish you

"Merry Christmas!"

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I can't stand Xmas music, and I live in a house where everyone else loves it. Anyone else hate xmas music?

 

:twitch:

 

I'm with you! I only like parodies of Christmas music, and even then, in small doses. Ms. Apostate, also a non-believer, does enjoy the baby jesus music for some reason. I don't want to hear it when I'm in the house - yech!

 

I don't think Christmas muzak will be going away anytime soon, so I'm afraid there's not much to be done but to grin and bear it.

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I want to run away from most traditional stuff like "Little Drummer Boy" "Silent Night" "Chesnuts Roasting" or anything from Bing Crosby.

 

But I love the weird and irreverent stuff like Trans Siberian Orchestra or Bob Rivers, "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas" and "Old Fatso."

 

I WISH I could find an .mp3 of the Cory Band's version of "Stop the Calvary."

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Even though I'm an atheist, there's a jazz-oriented radio station in town that plays jazz renditions of christmas songs at this time of year, and I love 'em. Tunes like Kenny G or Dave Koz on saxophone playing "Silver Bells", Mannheim Steamroller's "Deck the Halls", or even from my own collection, George Winston's rendition of "Pachelbel's Canon"...that kind of music pushes all my buttons, christmas or not...if you love music, you love music...screw the occasion. Play on!!

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Even though I'm an atheist, there's a jazz-oriented radio station in town that plays jazz renditions of christmas songs at this time of year, and I love 'em. Tunes like Kenny G or Dave Koz on saxophone playing "Silver Bells", Mannheim Steamroller's "Deck the Halls", or even from my own collection, George Winston's rendition of "Pachelbel's Canon"...that kind of music pushes all my buttons, christmas or not...if you love music, you love music...screw the occasion. Play on!!

I like some of Kenny G, but he doesn't get a lot of respect from most jazz fans. Too fluffy. And how can you stand Pachelbel after (at the most) five minutes? It puts me in a trance.

 

I am more into Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell (in her jazz days), Dave Brubeck and a couple more. However, I do love my Vienna Boys Choir Xmas tapes, I really do. Boy sopranos knock me out, and it's the only way I really like Xmas music.

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There's very little Christmas music I can deal with. The mall I work in plays this sixty-minute tape of the shittiest xmas muzak you've ever heard in your life, on repeat, all day, every day, from now until January 7th (after orthodox xmas). It makes me want to alternate between destroying every speaker in the place and just shooting myself! It's terrible.

 

My roommate really loves the cheesy Michael W. Smith/Amy Grant type xmas music as well. urrgghhh... I mean, I'm okay with some instrumental stuff (i have a nice celtic one that i like) or choral recordings of the OLD OLD hymns (like o come emmanuel and stuff)... but yeah. Her xmas collection makes me really edgy as well.

 

Then again, I work in retail, so this whole SEASON makes me want to hit the fast-forward button on life.

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Most carols I can do without. Particularly Joy to the World. Seems having the first part of my name be 'joy' makes people think they are mightly clever when they sing that song around me with a big shit eating grin on their face.

 

Ren and Stimpy can suck my ass too. I didn't even HAVE cable tv in high school....did that preserve me from the Happy Happy song? No.

 

But that's another thing entirely.

 

I think my mother would listen to christmas songs year round if my dad would let her get away with it. Woman is christmascrazy.

 

I like songs like "Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer". I think there's a more true to real life irony about that tune than other songs.

 

I avoid most christmas movies. To this day, I can proudly boast making it to 30 without EVER seeing "It's A Wonderful Life", which is no mean feat lemme tell ya. That kind of avoidance takes ninja skills. Although I do own and enjoy 'White Christmas' Danny Kaye and all that dancing? YEah, I go for that. Upbeat.

 

My mother loaned me a cartoon movie called 'Annabelle's Wish'. I thought it would be safe...being a cartoon. I wanted to stab my crying eyes out with sharpened holly at the end! You've got to watch it...those emotional masochists that tell you something is "good"...pretty much means you will want to boil your own heart trying to purge the sadness from your being. If there is a lump in my throat that big, I'd better be at a funeral. And we all know people who eat that shit up!

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I like Christmas music. Yesterday I discussed the existance or nonexistance of Hell while I listened to "tidings of comfort and joy". ;)

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I dont mind the silly ones like "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer", some of the traditional non-religious ones, and I like, Hadel's Messiah.

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I dont mind the silly ones like "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer", some of the traditional non-religious ones, and I like, Hadel's Messiah.

 

I agree. I think the only Christmas (also considered Easter) music that I actually like is Handel's Messiah.

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I love christmas music...there's a lot that's non-religious. I like the instrumentals and the jazzy types as well.

Ah well, just the way it is. :grin:

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I have mixed feelings about most traditional holiday carols. Most of them I find annoying, especially the muzak versions played endlessly in malls and suchlike, but I have to confess there are a couple that I find just beautiful, even as I can't believe their message anymore ("O Holy Night" and "Silent Night" in particular).

 

For the most part I tend to prefer the more ironic holiday songs, or the more secular, rocked up ones. The King's "Blue Christmas", some of the Crosby stuff (covers by Leon Redbone crack me up), and when I'm in a particularly mischevious mood, Weird Al's "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and "Christmas at Ground Zero." (That last one'll clear out unwanted guests lickety split.)

 

I also tend to listen to John Lennon's music a lot around the holidays, because I remember that he was killed only a couple of weeks before Christmas and his music got a lot of airtime that year as the various stations broadcast memorials to him. I was 8 years old at the time and it certainly made an impression on me.

 

But far and away my favorite holiday album is a reggae gem called "Natty Christmas". It's available on Amazon.com, but the first copy I ever saw of it was an LP that my mother's parents picked up on a trip to the Caribbean. It had a cover that was a pen-and-ink drawing of a rastaman dressed up in red longjohns and a Santa hat and holding a bigass marijuana plant in a pot, with a Xmas bow on it. Sucker was probably a bootleg and I don't think my gentle but conservative grandfather even knew what the plant was (though my grandmother certainly did).

 

Great album to put on while you warm up the mulled cider, kick back with friends, and toke up a giant fatty. :woohoo:

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I enjoy all music, except the majority of pop-tunes: cheezy crap that is meant to manipulate you in predictable ways like a Stephen Spielberg film.

 

The Christmas music I like is the largely in the classical genre: Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers, The Tallis Scholars Christmas Carols and Motets (Renaissance music), Corelli's Concerto Grosso No. 8; Heinrich Schutz's The Christmas Story, Handel, Bach, etc.

 

I also like a couple or so 20th century pop tunes like those by Nat King Cole, or Louis Armstrong. Also, I do like Manheim Steamroller's first Christmas album. Outside of that....

 

Edit: If however Rob Zombie came out with a Christmas album, I think I would enjoy that too along with Tschaikowsky's Nutcraker Ballet. :wicked:

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I think I would enjoy that too along with Tschaikowsky's Nutcraker Ballet. :wicked:

 

 

Excellent taste Antlerman! I love Tschaikowsky's Nutcracker Ballet...a GREAT classic! :thanks:

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Not really very keen on carols, never really was .. as for the pop tunes, some I like, some I don't.

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I don't really know or care about "Christmas" music, but I know I hate Christmas Carols. But, I mean this all relates with the whole "early Christmas" decorations and celebration thing that's happening every year. It's just downright annoying to have Christmas crap everywhere in November.

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Personally, I like some renditions of some songs. In general it's just okay, just "meh" to me. But some is friggin annoying, especially certain horrible renditions...

 

Like for example, I was in a dept. store earlier this week and I beat a hasty retreat partly because they started playing some god-awful rendition of "O Come All Ye Faithful" by some guy with a really annoying voice, like he was getting a prostate exam or something at the same time. And I've recently realized that I've really come to dislike "Little Drummer Boy."

 

But oh man I've loooved "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "O Holy Night" for almost my whole life! The songs, that is, not necessarily most actual renditions of them -- last year I heard a rendition (butchering) of the latter song by N'Sync or some band like that, and OH GAAWWUUD IT WAS PAINFUL!

 

BTW yeah, in all my life I've seen, I dunno, five minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life," because I was living with and going through the TV channels with someone who liked it. And I couldn't care less about seeing the whole thing.

 

Yup gwenmead, John Lennon was killed Dec. 8, 1980 :(

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ADDENDUM: Kurari - I don't know of an mp3 of "Who'll Stop the Cavalry", but I found a CD single on silverplatters.com here:

 

http://www.silverplatters.com/rel/v2_viewu...upc=71265711772

 

It is the Cory Band version.

 

 

Oh wow, thanks Gwen! I can run into Silver Platters soon and pick up a copy! :grin:

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I hate the crappy renditions they always play on the radio. There are only so many times I can here "Winter Wonderland" without snapping.

 

That said, I do like some of the more traditional songs. The real traditional songs, and not the stuff manufactured to be "traditions" in the last three or four decades. "Good King Wenceslaus" and "Carol of the Bells" are some favorites of mine. But if the Christmas tune doesn't have a pedigree running back at least a hundred years, I don't wanna listen.

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I swear, the next time I hear "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" I'm just going to bust out laughing....

 

:lmao:

 

Is that a hymn or a porn movie? bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaaa

 

:HappyCry:

 

I am to the point where I don't enjoy ANY christmas music that is specifically religious. Beyond that I like most tunes, but it helps if it is jazzy. Then there are a few oddity songs I enjoy, like Santa's Polka by Brave Combo.

 

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I hate christmas period...

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I've been out of xianity for a little over a year, but I don't mind most xmas music. It was a magical, happy part of my life growing up. I like certain renditions that I heard growing up, certain albums, etc. that my parents had. I don't dwell on the lyrics. In fact, maybe I should just get more instrumental xmas music. Sometimes for fun, I make substitutions as I sing along, such as, "We wish you a Merry Mithras, We wish you a Merry Mithras!" or similar. :)

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I hate pretty much anything written in the past 100 years. I like my Christmas music to be mideval and often of a rather sombre tone.

 

The ones I REALLY hate are the treacly Christmas love songs of the 80's and 90's, that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas - they're either about the glory of gettin' down with a sweet ass on Christmas, or mourning the loss of a lover that somehow coincided with the Christmas holiday. Look, as much as I hate "Frosty the Snowman", I can sit through a Muzak rendering of it if it means skipping "last Christmas, I gave you my heart....."

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