Take Back The Living Room: A Holiday Music Rx From Production For Use.

Happy Holidays Everyone. Just in the nick of time this year’s PFU holiday mixes are ready. I have been one out and about in the seasonal atmosphere and have been hearing Christmas music constantly, naturally. What I’ve been shocked to discover is that I really hate most of it. I would say that 80 – 90% of the common radio play holiday music makes me angry. This is particularly ironic since that’s the opposite of its supposed goal and since I own so much holiday music from all sorts of varying styles and time periods. A lot of it is by artists that generally everybody knows…but I never hear much of it. Therefore if my mixes (or at least one of them) are kind of dark this year, my frustration with “popular” holiday music should explain why.

I’m doing something different this year that will hopefully make the mixes a bit handier to everyone. There are 2 versions. One is the actual holiday mix that seemed to make sense this year (PFU #10), but it has quite a few songs that might make it unusable, say, at your grandmother’s house. I’m partial to the first because it has songs that fit many different emotional states, which is generally many people’s condition around the holidays.

But, since not everyone likes to accessorize all emotions (or can’t) there is a second alternate/supplement mix (PFU #011) is that has a far more accessible track list. That way if you only want good, clean holiday songs then you have that option, and if you like both then mixes then you can use the “clean version” when hanging around the family, etc. It’s designed to be an alternative to what other sort of dreadful crap that may be lurking on Christmas radio or dusty parental CD cabinets during your holiday. I hope that everyone gets some enjoyment out of them in one way or another. Enjoy your holidays.

PFU #010 – Holiday Mix 2009 [The Very Slightly Dirty Version]

USE: Enjoying your Holidays with Holiday Music That is Suited To Fit A Holiday Sized Range of Emotions.

  1. Neil Hamburger – Cranberry Sauce
  2. The Mistreaters – Santa Stole My Baby
  3. Fat Daddy – Fat Daddy
  4. Twice As Much & Vashti – The Coldest Night of the Year
  5. James Brown – Hey America
  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want For Christmas
  7. Dean & Britta – He’s Coming Home
  8. The Phi Mu Washboard Band – Chilly Winds
  9. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  10. Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps
  11. Holly Golightly – Christmas Tree’s On Fire
  12. The Shangri-Las – Good Taste Tip #3: Gift Receiving
  13. George Harrison – Ding Dong, Ding Dong
  14. Nina Simone – I Am Blessed
  15. The Halo Benders – Snowfall
  16. Dion McGregor [Sleep Talker] – Snowflakes
  17. Dick Dale – Hava Nagila
  18. Pebbles & Bam Bam – Snowflakes
  19. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stockings
  20. Galaxie 500 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling
  21. The Davis Sisters – Christmas Boogie
  22. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  23. The Harlem Children’s Chorus – Black Christmas
  24. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  25. Archers of Loaf – Assassination On X-Mas Eve
  26. Mae West – My New Year’s Resolutions
  27. Pharoah Sanders – Prince of Peace



PFU MIX #011 – Holiday Mix 2009 [Family Suitable Version]

USE: To Feel Warm and Fuzzy For The Holidays and To Ward Off Other Holiday Music That Many Dread More Than Bankruptcy.

  1. Johnny Cash – Not Cool to Kill on Christmas
  2. Toni Stante – Donde Esta Santa Claus
  3. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns – All I Want For Christmas
  4. Squirrel Nut Zippers – My Evergreen
  5. Toots & the Maytals – Christmas Feeling Ska
  6. People Like Us – Everyday
  7. New Pornographers – Joseph, Who Understood
  8. Jackie Gleason – Christmas In Paris
  9. The Wailers – She’s Coming Home
  10. Josh Rouse – Christmas with Jesus
  11. Kay Martin & Her Body Guards – My Santa Daddy
  12. Nina Simone – Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
  13. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  14. The Bird And The Bee – Carol of the Bells
  15. Teenage Fanclub – Christmas Eve
  16. The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas
  17. Erlend Øye – Last Christmas
  18. Eddie Cochran with The Holly Twins – I Want Elvis For Christmas
  19. Yo La Tengo – Winter A-Go-Go
  20. James Brown – Sweet Little Baby Boy [Parts 1 & 2]
  21. Henry Mancini – Snowfall
  22. Bob Dylan – Winterlude
  23. Ramsey Lewis Trio – Egg Nog
  24. Vaughn Monroe – Let It Snow,  Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  25. Danièle et Michèle – J’ai vu maman embrasser le père Noël
  26. Lighnin’ Hopkins – Happy New Year
  27. Johnny Cash – Here Was A Man


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