By Zachary Swickey
Typically, people don’t begin anticipating Christmas until Thanksgiving has come and gone, so we really only get one month a year to listen to the holiday tunes that have us waxing nostalgic (unless you’re one of those weirdos who listen to it year-round). Admittedly, the holiday music my family favors belongs to the coolest man to ever live, Frank Sinatra, and brother-sister duo The Carpenters, who aren’t usually my thing, but have been ingrained on my musical palette since birth around Christmas-time.
"Nothing triggers Christmas memories like the 'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation' soundtrack. That movie got played in my house at least once a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas," he said. "Maybe even a couple of times in the spring. One time. I even caught my dad watching it in French. So whenever I hear that 'Hip Hip Hooray for Christmas Vacation' song, I know the movie is starting. Whenever 'Mele Kalikimaka' is on, I know Clark is dreaming about that chick’s can [Ed. note: I can relate], and 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' on the tuba means the sh**ter is full! Damn, I’m going to put that soundtrack on right now!"
Some folks, on the other hand, aren’t too crazy about Christmas-themed music. For example, I doubt that anyone who works at a mall cares much for. When we reached out to Mariachi El Bronx and asked drummer Jorma Vik for his favorite Christmas tunes, he was the first to admit he’s not nuts about holiday music, but he did have one classic he highly recommends.
"The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York.' From the very first line you’re transported to a world of drunken despair where you can almost taste the Irish whiskey through your ears," Vik told MTV News. "Shane McGowan’s lyrics have a way of sucking you in and not letting go as he takes you on a trip of self-reflection on Christmas Eve spent in a New York City jail. Sung as though it were a love letter to a woman, she turns out to be less than enthused with his disgraceful ways and unleashes a verbal assault in return. One gets the feeling that although this may be a 'fairytale,’ the sentiment may come from experience.
This song is a cheery reminder that, as some of us may know all too well, Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of year."
The Pogues, "Fairytale New York" (Warning: Occasionally coarse language):