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chewingthefat

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Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 1:05 PM (permalink)
Least, 12 days of Christmas, Grandma got run over by a Reindeer, to name 2
Most, O Holy Night, Silent Night...many more, but I love the traditional.
 
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    jman

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    Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 1:09 PM (permalink)
    "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" would be at the top of my least favorite list.
     
    My favorite:

    <message edited by jman on Wed, 12/21/11 1:13 PM>
     
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      Foodbme

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      Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 2:47 PM (permalink)
      Least Favorite - The Chipmunk Song, Rudolph the Red Nosed, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock.
      Most Favorite - (No particular order)
      Mannheim Steamroller version of Joy to the World.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68j6Ceof8QQ
      Silver Bells
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=_q_DCI81cjE&NR=1
      Anything by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 
      Oh Tannebaum,
      We 3 Kings,
      <message edited by Foodbme on Wed, 12/21/11 3:44 PM>
       
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        felix4067

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        Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 2:57 PM (permalink)
        Least favourite...pretty much all of them. I'm not a fan.
         
        Most favourite, however...Woody Phillips Toolbox Christmas. Particularly this one:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkwsS6Ty4mc&feature=related
         
        I can't figure out how to make it link. Whatever.
        <message edited by felix4067 on Wed, 12/21/11 3:00 PM>
         
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          DawnT

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          Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 3:34 PM (permalink)
          Even though I haven't heard it in years and don't want to bother searching Youtube, Snoopy's Christmas by the the Royal Guardsman. Cheech and Chong did one back in the 70's that was an one-off and not on their albums about Santa in the projects that they must have gotten 15-20 years worth of airplay ad nauseum during the holidays. Glad they finally put that one to bed. It wasn't even music.
           
          Living in Miami, you know it's Christmas when you hear Jose Feliciano's "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas". Can't say I don't like it, it's part of the tapestry.
           
          Surprising this year, I haven't heard a single airplay of anything from the Trans Siberian Orchestra on local or XM. Maybe I'm just missing it.
           
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            SeamusD

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            Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 3:46 PM (permalink)
            I'm not a fan of Christmas tunes either (or Christmas in general), but I have a hard time not singing along with Jose Feliciano.
             
            I do like TSO also, but I think I liked them better when they were an 80's-90's metal band with a different name. Can't begrudge them their success though.
             
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              Davydd

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              Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 4:04 PM (permalink)
              Least: All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.
               
              Most: How about a redemption for "all I want for Christmas" in Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is you? That one might be the last Christmas new hit and it is 17 years old.
               
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                chewingthefat

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                Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 5:18 PM (permalink)
                jman


                "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" would be at the top of my least favorite list.

                My favorite:


                Thanks jman, beautiful song, amazing voices!

                 
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                  wheregreggeats.com

                  Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 7:12 PM (permalink)
                  I am not on the road to having very much season spirit this year, yet when I had brunch on Sunday, the soundtrack was Vince Guaraldi ... to me it i a cornerstone of the season.
                   
                   
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                    Sundancer7

                    Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 7:44 PM (permalink)
                    DawnT


                    Even though I haven't heard it in years and don't want to bother searching Youtube, Snoopy's Christmas by the the Royal Guardsman. Cheech and Chong did one back in the 70's that was an one-off and not on their albums about Santa in the projects that they must have gotten 15-20 years worth of airplay ad nauseum during the holidays. Glad they finally put that one to bed. It wasn't even music.

                    Living in Miami, you know it's Christmas when you hear Jose Feliciano's "I want to wish you a Merry Christmas". Can't say I don't like it, it's part of the tapestry.

                    Surprising this year, I haven't heard a single airplay of anything from the Trans Siberian Orchestra on local or XM. Maybe I'm just missing it.

                     
                    I hear TSO several times a day on XM Channel 17.  I really enjoy their music.  They are coming to Knoxville but the tickets are outta sight for this retired guy.
                     
                    Paul E. Smith
                    Knoxville, TN 

                     
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                      Sundancer7

                      Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 8:03 PM (permalink)
                      For the fans of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, attached is "Wizards of Winter".  When my Miata was in the Christmas parade in Knoxville, it was cold and I had the top down blasting thousands of folks with this tune for about a hour.
                       
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkAhmH40kiM
                       
                      Paul E. Smith
                      Knoxville, TN
                       
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                        jman

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                        Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 8:38 PM (permalink)
                        Sundancer7


                        For the fans of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, attached is "Wizards of Winter".  When my Miata was in the Christmas parade in Knoxville, it was cold and I had the top down blasting thousands of folks with this tune for about a hour.

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkAhmH40kiM

                        Paul E. Smith
                        Knoxville, TN


                         
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                          Sundancer7

                          Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/21/11 8:49 PM (permalink)
                          jman:  I first saw that video several years ago and that turned me on to TSO and I have been a fan ever since.  They are going to be in Knoxville this coming March but the cheapest tieket is $108 and they go up from there.  I will settle for their CD but I understand their concerts double rock with a pyro show, lotsa lights and I understand, a huge orchestra??
                           
                          Paul E. Smith
                          Knoxville, TN
                           
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                            felix4067

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                            Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/22/11 3:31 AM (permalink)
                            Sundancer7


                            jman:  I first saw that video several years ago and that turned me on to TSO and I have been a fan ever since.  They are going to be in Knoxville this coming March but the cheapest tieket is $108 and they go up from there.  I will settle for their CD but I understand their concerts double rock with a pyro show, lotsa lights and I understand, a huge orchestra??

                            Paul E. Smith
                            Knoxville, TN

                            I can help you with this, as they were just here on Friday. Their live show is not to be missed...once. Every year it changes slightly, and to be perfectly honest this year was pretty lame compared to last year. They still have the pyro, they still have the light show, they still have the content for the 360 LED ribbon board...but it's not as good as last year. Still, if you get the chance to see them, you should. The orchestra is about eight people, with something like ten singers. The main band is two electric guitars, bass, two keyboards, one drummer, and one of the best violin players I've had the great good fortune to see.
                             
                            $108 for the cheap seats?!? Ours went for $27.50!!!! Floor seats were only $85.00.  On the other hand, they make a point of donating a portion of each ticket sale to a local food bank. The two shows they did here on Friday donated over $17,000.00 to ours.
                            <message edited by felix4067 on Thu, 12/22/11 3:34 AM>
                             
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                              CCJPO

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                              Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/22/11 5:13 AM (permalink)
                              SeamusD: I have to agree with you, Savatage is/was one of my favorite bands.
                               
                              AS for favorites Little Drummer boy, especially the version the version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Odd combination, but it works.
                               
                               
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                                ScreamingChicken

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                                Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/22/11 10:08 AM (permalink)
                                DawnT


                                Even though I haven't heard it in years and don't want to bother searching Youtube, Snoopy's Christmas by the the Royal Guardsman. Cheech and Chong did one back in the 70's that was an one-off and not on their albums about Santa in the projects that they must have gotten 15-20 years worth of airplay ad nauseum during the holidays. Glad they finally put that one to bed. It wasn't even music.


                                I think you're referring to "Santa Claus and His Old Lady", which I have on one of my CDs somewhere.  With no snow on the ground I haven't gotten much into the season this year, and as such haven't listened to much Christmas music.  However, I changed the Muzak here at work to play nonstop holiday tunes all day...
                                 
                                Most disliked song: "The Christmas Shoes" or whatever it's called.  Frankly, I think it's a scam: the kid goes into a store, tells a sob story, gets some poor sucker to pony up for the shoes, and then he resells them later on Craigslist or eBay for 25% below retail but even then it's all profit.  The lyrics conveniently leave that part out, though.
                                 
                                Davydd


                                Most: How about a redemption for "all I want for Christmas" in Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is you? That one might be the last Christmas new hit and it is 17 years old.


                                One of my all-time favorite album covers, too...
                                <message edited by ScreamingChicken on Thu, 12/22/11 10:10 AM>
                                 
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                                  DawnT

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                                  Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/22/11 10:56 AM (permalink)
                                  Chriss and Jon were a class act together. The tradgedy with Chriss pushed Jon on and I don't think that TSO would have materialized, even happened as it did with both brothers in the picture. Sad what happened, eventually taking two lives. Dawn was with Chriss since jr. high. In the grand scheme of things they shared half their lives together.
                                   
                                   
                                  quote=CCJPO]
                                  SeamusD: I have to agree with you, Savatage is/was one of my favorite bands



                                   
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                                    Treetop Tom

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                                    Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/22/11 12:51 PM (permalink)
                                    Favorites: Sting's "I Saw Three Ships", Dr. John & Leon Redbone's duet of "Frosty the Snowman", Dave Duboy's Baltimore Christmas classic "Crabs for Christmas."
                                     
                                    Least: Gayla Peevey's insufferable "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and outsider artist/Frank Zappa protege Wild Man Fischer's "I'm a Christams Tree."
                                     
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                                      cavandre

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                                      Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Fri, 12/23/11 8:14 AM (permalink)
                                      Favorite traditional: Boston Pops version of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.
                                      Favorite non-traditional: Bruce & the E St. Band doing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
                                      Least favorite: Too many to mention!
                                       
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                                        BelleReve

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                                        Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Fri, 12/23/11 3:38 PM (permalink)
                                        Least:
                                        Little  Drummer Boy
                                        the Chipmunks
                                        Please Come Home for Christmas(anyone's version, but especially Charles Brown's) - we had this discussion couple years ago and someone took offense at my disparaging Charles Brown's talent, etc, which is pure humbug! Just read the lyrics - it's a depressing song, no matter who sings it but he does a good job of conveying just the right amount of pathos. 
                                         
                                        Favorite - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 
                                         
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                                          Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Fri, 12/23/11 8:39 PM (permalink)
                                          Least Favorite:
                                          Chimpmunks
                                          Do They Know its Christmas Time
                                           
                                          Favorites:
                                          12 pains of Christmas (one word  HANGOVERS)
                                          Santa & His Old Lady - Cheech & Chong
                                          The Hat I Got for Christmas is too Beeeeeg - Mel Blanc
                                          Dominick The Italian CHristmas DOnkey
                                          Hippo for christmas
                                          Michael Buble - Christmas album
                                          Johnny Mathis - Christmas albums
                                          Mel Torme - White Christmas
                                           
                                           
                                           
                                           
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                                            sk bob

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                                            Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Fri, 12/23/11 11:26 PM (permalink)
                                            least favorites - mostly all of them.
                                            most favorite - Little Drummer Boy always brings a tear to my eye because that IS what Christmas is REALLY about, giving what YOU have to give, NOT WHAT YOU BUY TO GIVE.
                                             
                                             
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                                              bartl

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                                              Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Tue, 12/27/11 6:12 PM (permalink)
                                              I find that a number of "alternative" Christmas songs have wonderful melodies, like the Kinks' "Father Christmas", Jethro Tull's "A Christmas Song", and of course, the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping".
                                               
                                              Bart
                                               
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                                                ScreamingChicken

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                                                Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/28/11 8:02 AM (permalink)
                                                And then there are the songs where the "like" factor is based more on the artist than the song itself.  For example, Eartha Kitt vs. Madonna when it comes to "Santa Baby"...one version is sultry and cool while the other makes me want to pierce my eardrums with rusty knitting needles.
                                                 
                                                Brad
                                                 
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                                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                                  Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/28/11 12:23 PM (permalink)
                                                  My least most favorite Christmas song is any one that's played before Thanksgiving.
                                                   
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                                                    mar52

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                                                    Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/28/11 1:37 PM (permalink)
                                                    I'm all about the tune.
                                                     
                                                    My favorites are Oh Holy Night and Mary Don't You Know.
                                                     
                                                    Then I add Eartha Kitt's Santa Baby because of all the things Brad said.
                                                     
                                                    (Is it wrong that I smile when I hear, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas)???
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/28/11 2:47 PM (permalink)
                                                      mar52

                                                      (Is it wrong that I smile when I hear, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas)???

                                                       
                                                      Heck no, we have a holiday pet parade, and that song gets played over and over and we all love it and sing it very loudly.  The same with dominick the donkey.
                                                       
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                                                        wheregreggeats.com

                                                        Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Wed, 12/28/11 8:26 PM (permalink)
                                                        It is interesting.
                                                        Not that many years ago, far more many of us would have named Christmas Carols.
                                                        In this day and age pop-forty songs seem to top almost everyone's list.  If I were to guess at a tally from above ...
                                                        Carols: 6
                                                        Pop-Forty:  Dozens
                                                        Not that that is bad.  Not that it is Good.
                                                         
                                                         
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                                                          Vince Macek

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                                                          Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Thu, 12/29/11 6:33 PM (permalink)
                                                          I try to find new songs for my Christmas library online, and this year discovered a bunch of standards recorded by the tribute band 'The Fab 4', all worked around Beatles songs. Very cleverly crafted, and when I had them on in the background, it took my guests a little time to register what was going on.
                                                           
                                                          The Chipmunks'  "Christmas Don't Be Late" is hilarious slowed down where the trio's voices are normal speed and Dave sounds demonic (and I'm sure every kid back in the day found this out).
                                                           
                                                          Probably my favorite Christmas album is Leroy Anderson's - starting with 'Sleigh Ride' of course, followed by a full orchestral 'Christmas Festival', then three suites of carols - for brass choir, string orchestra, and woodwind ensemble. This one gets played through the Twelfth Day of Christmas.
                                                           
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                                                            ScreamingChicken

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                                                            Re:Least/ most favorite Christmas song Fri, 12/30/11 11:29 AM (permalink)
                                                            Vince Macek


                                                            The Chipmunks'  "Christmas Don't Be Late" is hilarious slowed down where the trio's voices are normal speed and Dave sounds demonic (and I'm sure every kid back in the day found this out).


                                                            Can that even be done these days with consumer-level stereo equipment?  I suppose a variable-speed reel-to-reel tape machine could be used to create the effect.
                                                             
                                                            Brad
                                                             
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