Beedo’s Updated Non-Standard Christmas Video Jukebox!

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-12-07, 14:33:08

Wa tetu dat uta, gang! Are you sick and tired of the same old Christmas songs every bloody year? Eight years ago, I put together a video jukebox of some songs you don't hear very often in the USA, to break up the monotony of the usual Yuletide pap your ears get assaulted with, starting sometime in early November. (Or even earlier, if you have the misfortune of having to venture into Hobby Lobby.)

Alas, when I checked back recently, a lot of the videos I posted were no longer available. So I tracked down some re-uploads, updated the links, and even added a couple more videos. Gloria in excelsis Beedo!

Enjoy . . .

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As with any good Christmas, we’ll try to start sober and get merrier as we go along. And there is little more sobering than the reason behind your Average Ancient European Mid-Winter Festival, namely: celebrating getting through the first half of the Winter, and trying to survive until Spring whilst keeping your spirits up, when the prospect of dying of cold and starvation in your squalid little Medieval village is ever-present. So here's a mildly terrifying BBC cartoon from the 1970s to accompany Jethro Tull's otherwise rousing and melodious ode to the Hibernal Half-Way Point, Ring Out, Solstice Bells:

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Trust me -- these get better.

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This next one is for anyone serving in the armed forces, or has friends and / or family currently serving abroad. It's Jona Lewie's Stop the Cavalry:

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This is a lovely old French carol I learned in high school, but Diane Taraz does a much better job of singing Un Flambeau, Janette, Isabella than I ever could:

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Or, if you want it with a full choral and orchestral backing, there's this version of it:

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A nice a capella Medieval Spanish Christmas song. Performed by the Monkees. No, I’m not making that up. Check out their rendition of Riu, Riu, Chiu:

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A bunch of hippies harmonise beautifully on a Medieval classic carol in Latin. There’s a 35th Anniversary version of this song, too, with full video, but the original Steeleye Span version of Gaudete, Christus est Natus is the best, as far as I'm concerned:

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I also wanted to include Tom Smith’s hilarious filk satire, Hey Frickin’ Nonny, but can’t seem to find it on its own, so here's a compilation of ALL of Tom Smith's Christmas filks, which are amusing: Hey Frickin' Nonny (by far, the best song on this compilation), O Holey Knight (WARNING: Sung in Gungan), O Yog Sothoth, and Twelve Days of Star Worz (WARNING: Contains a little bit of Gungan, and also Shyriiwook).

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The next song in my selection is one I have hardly ever heard since it got its first run when I was a youngster, which is a lot longer ago than I care to dwell upon. It is, of course, Elmo & Patsy's Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer:

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Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame takes a fairly sedate old chant, makes it truly joyful, and it freakin' ROCKS! Get an earful of his instrumental version of In Dulci Jubilo for a guaranteed lifting of the spirits:

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This is a long-standing classic you just can’t avoid in the UK. It’s like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, only jolly and with horrible 1970s facial hair. It's Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody:

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Up next is a really great upbeat song, but I can’t figure out whether the band is whimsical or good old-fashioned nightmare fuel. Regardless, here's Wizzard with their biggest hit, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day!

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And I’ve got to include Come On, Santa! from Wessex’s favourite comedy band, The Wurzels. Proper job ’n’ all. Ooh, ar!

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I also stumbled across this nifty Venture Brothers Christmas playlist, which is certainly worth a listen, of only for the comedy factor.

Okay, gang, I hope those have put you in good cheer! So Merry Christmas to ’e all! (Unless you don’t celebrate it, in which case, enjoy the day off!) Wassail!

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Oh, Hells with it. Might as well address the whole vituperative drunken family argument aspect of the holiday season, so here's The Pogues & Kirsty McColl’s Fairytale of New York. And in case you're not familiar with this song, it’s NOT family-friendly in the slightest, so know your audience before you play it. There are enough arguments over the holidays as it is!





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