4… 3… 2…More Un-Christmassy Fun!
- Please Come Home for Christmas- the Eagles (and Charles Brown, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, etc.)
Bells will be ringing this sad sad News
Oh what a Christmas to have the blues
My baby’s gone I have no friends
To wish me greetings once again
Originally released in 1960 by blues singer Charles Brown (he co-wrote it with Gene Redd), the song rose to even greater popularity when the Eagles recorded it in 1978. That year, it made the Top 20 on the pop charts, the first Christmas song to do so since 1963.
This line always irked me:
Please come home for Christmas
If not for Christmas by New Years night
Complete cop-out! The song’s not even over and already he is buying time, because he knows she’s NOT coming home for Christmas!
- Blue Christmas- Elvis Presley (and, like, hundreds of other artists)
Written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, the song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948. It enjoyed greater success the following year as a Country & Western hit by Ernest Tubb. Elvis originally recorded the melancholy ballad in 1957, but it wasn’t made commercially available as a single until 1964. (No iTunes in those days, kiddos!)
Here’s Elvis performing it live in 1968:
- Last Christmas- Wham! This lil’ gem first wormed its way into our ears in winter of 1984. Written and produced by one-time heartthrob George Michael, “Last Christmas” was recorded by his duo Wham! and went on to become one of the year’s biggest seasonal hits (along with the all-star charity record “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band-Aid… which, oddly enough, also featured Wham!)
“Last Christmas I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away.”
The very NEXT DAY??!!?? What a hussy!
The song has been covered over the years, mostly by young female pop artists… Taylor Swift, Hillary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few. But no other recording has quite captured the lonely disillusionment of the original recording.
And the video, with its classic 1980s hairdos and fashion? Iconic.
Well, we’ve almost arrived at the pinnacle of this un-merry musical mountain… Think you know my pick for Thee ultimate, most Un-Christmassy Christmas song of all time???
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this blog series!