100bells: The Hives & Cyndi Lauper, “A Christmas Duel”

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper

Ho-ho-holy crap, can you believe how warm it still is at this time of year? There may be a distinct lack of frost, sleighs and snowmen and I haven’t once put on thermal socks, but it still is coming on the holiday season, which means it’s time for 100bells!

This song is as undrippy as a Christmas song can get with lyrics like “I wrecked your daddy’s car and went down on your mother” – sung by Cyndi Lauper, no less! Maybe not the most Christmassy of sentiments, but just focus on the jolly bells and the happy tunes if you’re disturbed by the images conjured up by the words. I never thought The Hives and one of my fave eighties icons would pair up but pair up they did and the result is as entertaining and cheery as I expected, but with a slightly disturbing twist. In one word: Santastic. Yeh … I really just said that and I’m sticking with it.

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel

Poptastic Day: Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”

“Santa Baby” is my all-time favorite Christmas song, and nobody can do it like Eartha Kitt did. Many have tried, but I’ve never heard a version that can even touch the original. The wonderful Ms. Kitt strikes the most perfect balance between sweet and girly and totally slutty – something young female pop artists are still trying to do today. Recorded in 1953, “Santa Baby” is both a pop and a Christmas classic.

   Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

100bells: Father Christmas Give Us Some Money

The Kinks

Sick of sappy Christmas songs? Here’s what should be a Yuletide Classic, The Kinks’ wonderful “Father Christmas”. Do not, however, let any small children hear this song, because the whole magic Santa myth is dispelled in the first two lines of the song. On top of that, Santa is mugged for cash by a bunch of kids, who sing the sad, yet upbeat chorus. They cry out that their dad is out of work and that instead of ‘silly toys’, they could really use the money … or a machine gun. The idea that we should remember those less fortunate is all the more appropiate during this credit crunchy Christmas. Not to diminish those with truly serious financial problems, but who isn’t less fortunate these days?

I love that the album cover is basically a graphic illustration of the song. Check out, what looks like, little Dave Davies(?) about to punch good ole Saint Nick! If it wasn’t so violent, it’d be cute.

   The Kinks – Father Christmas

100bells: The Dirtbombs, “My Last Christmas”

The Dirtbombs

So, no New Band Day yesterday I hear you scream? What can I say? I was busy and distracted. But, you’ve gotten a 100best featuring Pearl Jam and two 100bells posts. And now you get another cheerful rining of the 100bells to brighten up the holiday season.

Well, actually, I don’t know if this particular 100bells will make festive anyone’s holiday season. However, it’s very Dickensesque in it’s ability to wrap depression around a grain of hope. Woo-hoo! A recipe for any exciting holiday get together!

Celebrate Christmas with the legends of garage rock, The Dirtbombs!

   The Dirtbombs – My Last Christmas

Poptastic Day: New Kids On The Block, “Funky Funky Christmas”

In honor of the return of 100bells, my favorite time of the year, here is the painfully funky, “Funky Funky Christmas” from the New Kids On The Block’s multi-platinum Merry Merry Christmas album. If you’ve never heard this song before, I should warn you that, ehm, there’s rapping. By the New Kids. Which is neither funky, nor good, or christmassy, but I do sort of enjoy Joey’s faux-British accent in the style of Slick Rick and Dana Dane (Oh my god, remember Dana Dane?! He was from Brooklyn, for pete’s sake.).

It probably won’t grace any respectable Christmas Mix, but how would you recognize a really good christmas song – like the one posted below – if there weren’t hideous little gems like these? My absolute favorite line is: Funky, dope jam top on your christmas list, do you dig this?. Oh and, what on earth does ‘we’re gonna kick the ballistics off our christmas wishes’ mean!?

   New Kids On The Block – Funky Funky Christmas

For a live performance of this song with awesome early nineties dance moves – check out the video. As a special bonus Arsenio Hall raps along in the end. Hooo boy, I still cannot believe I came across this highly significant moment in music!

100bells: The Raveonettes, “Wishing You A Rave Christmas”

To round up their EP spree, The Raveonettes have released this year’s first Christmas delight, “Wishing You A Rave Christmas”. As we discovered with their 2003 b-side, “The Christmas Song”, this holiday suits these two perfectly. They know exactly how to make their smutty fuzz sparkle, like their normal sound just got a fresh layer of glittery snow. Ring in the holiday season with “Come On Santa” below, and download the whole EP at emusic now.

   The Raveonettes – Come On Santa

Merry Christmas From 100b!

Merry Christmas!!

Put some funk back in your season cheer with Snoop and his friends. 100b wishes you a wonderful Christmas with this mellow number off the Christmas On Death Row CD.

   Snoop Dogg ft. Dat Nigga Daz, Nate Dogg, Tray Deee & Bad Azz – Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto