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A Christmas Gift from Everett True 2012

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Shake Hands With Santa Claus

I’ve been puzzling over this mix for some time now.

Christmas being a time so rooted in tradition, and familiarity, and nostalgia, and sentimentality, I tend to return to the same songs each year. Sure, my Christmas songs library expands exponentially each time the season comes around but it’s very difficult indeed for a new tune to make any inroads into our family listening, the way Mariah Carey and Eux Autres did last year. I’ve yet to find one this year.

Also, much as I enjoy keeping my ‘punk’ alternative Christmas mixes to hand, these can only ever be listened to via headphones. Certainly, for the kids to accidentally hear “Here comes Fatty Claus/With his sack of shit” blasting out, or Rocket 455’s righteous sneer of self-salvation ‘Santa Ain’t Coming For Christmas’, or Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire’s ‘Christmas 1979’  might dispel the magic somewhat. What do you reckon?

My father walked in pissed through the door
And chucked the telly acros the floor
Then he fell drunk to his bed
And these were the last words he ever said:
‘Merry fucking Christmas to you all'”
(‘Christmas 1979’ )

Listening to Christmas songs on the headphones rather destroys the point about ‘sharing’, though.

For each of the previous two years I’ve posted up two separate mixes. This year I thought I’d play it straight. List my 15 or so favourite Christmas songs to play when wrapping presents, or making lime meringue pie, or feeding Lauren, and leave it at that. Include the ones I just couldn’t bear to leave out, next to a couple of crowd-pleasers.

This mix is guaranteed kid- and relative-friendly. It’s the real deal.

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
2. The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman
3. Otis Redding – White Christmas
4. Stevie Wonder – Everyone’s A Kid At Christmas Time
5. Ray Anthony – Christmas Kisses
6. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
7. Louis Prima – Shake Hands With Santa Claus
8. Joey Ramone – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
9. Marc Bolan – Christmas Bop (version 2)
10. Holluridge Strings – Jingle Bells/Jingle Bell Rock
11. A Hawaiian Christmas – Silent Night
12. The Long Blondes – Christmas Is Cancelled
13. Eux Autres – Another Christmas At Home
14. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick (single version)
15.  Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
16. Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
17. Joseph Spence – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
18. Coconami – White Christmas

Download the mix tape here (updated from previous link)

EDITORIAL DISCLAIMER: These mix tapes are intended for private enjoyment only, not for any commercial use. If anyone featured on any of these mix tapes has any sort of objection to being featured thus, please contact us and we will of course immediately remove their music from public domain.

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