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The Funkhouser Christmas Album: Part 2

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Happy Tuesday everyone.  We’re only nine days away from Christmas and if you’re like me, you’ve been listening to Mix 94.5 since November 1st.  That’s all well and good, but if you’re also like me, you are sure to have noticed that they play about the same 40 songs over and over again.  So, we at Funkhouser have decided to give you a week full of our favorite holiday songs to make your listening experience even better over the next week and a half.  On Friday, we will have a complete playlist for the Ultimate Funkhouser Christmas Music Playlist, with picks from many of the crew from KSR.

Yesterday, Kalan Kucera put together his top-10 Christmas songs.  Click here to check them out.

Today, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorite holiday songs, listed in no particular order.  Click the song title to go to the YouTube link:

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Christmas Baby (Please Come Home) – Darlene Love (Live on Letterman)

One of the biggest Christmas traditions in the Bramblet household is the annual watching of the Christmas episode of the Late Show with David Letterman.  Combined with Jay Thomas telling The Lone Ranger story, and throwing footballs to knock the meatball off the top of the tree, Christmas just isn’t right if we haven’t heard Love croon this outstanding Christmas song.

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Rudolph (You Don’t Have To Put On The Red Light) – Mojochronic

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

Try and tell me you don’t want to hear a mash-up of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Roxanne by The Police.  You can’t can you?  I didn’t think so.

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That Spirit of Christmas – Ray Charles

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Name a Ray Charles song that he doesn’t knock out of the park.  If you think of all the times they’ve put a slow song by Ray Charles in a movie, it highlights all the feelings and memories that go along with it (looking at you The Sandlot).  “That Spirit of Christmas” is most recognized for the scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (you’re welcome Doug Benson), and it really captures the sentiment of the scene, right before Chase falls out of the attic.

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Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton

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I could try to explain the song Chiron Beta Prime, but it’s best if I let the Jonathan Coulton wiki do it for me:

Chiron Beta Prime” is a song on Jonathan Coulton’s fifth album, Thing a Week Two. It tells the story of Christmastime on a planet where all humans have been enslaved by uncaring and violent robots.

This has been on my Christmas playlist ever since I first heard the song.  It’s best if I don’t explain more, otherwise [message redacted]

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12 Days – Straight No Chaser

I think in the last year, if we hadn’t experienced them already, BBN and the rest of the world fell in love with the Acoustikats.  A Capella music stormed the nation, maybe.  However, this version of The 12 Days of Christmas is one of the few songs on Christmas radio that I don’t get tired of, mainly because they play it about once every 4-5 days.  Too many good parts in this song to spoil if you haven’t heard it before…

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“Christmas in Hollis” – Run DMC

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I know what you’re thinking.  You’re going to say, “Don’t you have any Christmas music?”  To which I reply, “This is Christmas music, man!”

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Christmas Eve Eve – Paul and Storm

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In a continuation of most of the nerdy songs on the list, musical duo Paul and Storm come together for, what I’m sure is the only song about December 23rd, which is “proverbially speaking, the next to last minute”.

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The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball – The Killers

Every year, The Killers release a new Christmas song in their odd and strange ways.  This year, they teamed up with Jimmy Kimmel for the song Joel, the Lump of Coal.  While that song is good, there are many others from the Killers that prefer for my Christmas playlist.  “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” was one of the first that I heard, and “Happy Birthday, Guadalupe” might be the most played on my list, but The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball might be my absolute favorite.  It has a bonus in that it is paired with an awesome music video.

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Hooray for Santa Claus Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

In another part of a Christmas tradition, Hooray for Santa Claus is the theme song to the movie, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”  It is so stupidly catchy, that throughout the day you’ll find yourself going, “S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-U-S… Hooray for Santy Claus.”  Also, if you get the chance, watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, it should be on Netflix.  Oh, Droppo…

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All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey merry_christmas

C’mon… you’re not a human being if you don’t at least belt this out once a year…

Article written by Richmond Bramblet