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BAMM.tv Musical Advent Calendar: Day Twenty Four

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Sometimes a song – no matter how brilliant it may be – is covered so many times by so many different artists that each successive version is simply greeted with a shrug. ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ could easily be included in this category: a wonderful Christmas classic, true, but one which has been subject to more interpretations (of varying quality, one might add) as to render itself stale.

Well … not exactly. It’s Christmas Eve, and as the penultimate gift in our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown, here’s a spellbinding and beautiful version by Tori Amos. Play this directly at the sky and it may well start to snow.

BAMM.tv Musical Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-Three

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Think that vaguely punky-sounding Christmas songs – replete with snotty voices and angular guitar licks – are a relatively modern phenomenon? We’re afraid that The Kinks were way, way ahead of you there, as can be heard in today’s entry in the BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown. ‘Father Christmas,’ the band implores, ‘give us your money, don’t mess around with those silly toys.’ Well, that’s nothing if not pragmatic …

BAMM.tv Musical Advent Calendar: Day Twenty Two

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We’re getting ever closer to the big day: three days left until Xmas itself, and two days left until you’re frantically running around trying to buy last-minute presents. In order to chill you out (trust us, after braving the shopping mall at this time of year, you’re going to need chilling out) here’s a 1992 track from much-missed Sub Pop indie troubadours Velocity Girl: ‘Merry Christmas, I Love You.’ Now, doesn’t that feel better?

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Twenty One

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Early on in our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown we mentioned the (fantastic) Waitresses tune ‘Christmas Wrapping.’ Well, take a couple of letters away and you’ve got today’s entry; the twenty-first in our musical sleigh ride towards Christmas. ‘Christmas Rappin’ is a fascinating piece: an embryonic slice of 1979 hip-hop/rap from Kurtis Blow which puts a uniquely funky slant on the holiday season. As Santa himself would describe it, this is some ‘real old-school shit’. Enjoy!

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Twenty

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We’re five days away from Christmas, folks – that means that in a mere 120 hours Santa Claus will be coming to town, as often depicted in the lyrics of the classic song, erm, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.’ For Day Twenty of our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown, we’re featuring a frankly awesome Bruce Springsteen cover of that very song – and if this doesn’t get you into a non-stop-grinning festive frenzy, then nothing will. Interesting fact: Santa is only actually ‘coming to town’ so he can grab a beer or two with Bruce; the whole present-giving thing is just a happy bonus.

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Nineteen

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It’s day n-n-n-n-nineteen of our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown, and even the normally gloomy Mark ‘E’ Everett of the Eels is getting into the festive mood. How else could you explain ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas’, a great (and little-known) Eels track in which he swishes off his usual melancholy for a life-affirming yuletide message: that Christmas is actually, y’know, kind of fun. There’s also a spot of whistling in this record, and – as any qualified musicologist will tell you – whistling automatically makes a song ten times more awesome.

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Eighteen

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If you tried to distill the essence of early-90s Britain into one power-pop couple, you’d end up with St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell and The Charlatan’s Tim Burgess. It’s true. Scientists have proven it, absolutely conclusively. We would go and find the research for you, but, erm, we’re a bit busy right now.

Anyway: Tim and Sarah. They’re the bell-ringers for today’s BAMM Advent Calendar entry: ‘I Was Born On Christmas Day’ by St. Etienne (featuring Mr Burgess as a guest star). Gloriously chime-laden and jettisoning self-consciousness in favor of unhip yuletide fun, it’s a happy little wintry blast of a tune. Mind you, wouldn’t you be happy if you got to celebrate your birthday and Christmas on the same day?

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Seventeen

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What do you want for Christmas? A new iPhone? Some cool clothes? A nice selection of festive spirits? Peace on Earth, and goodwill to all men? Bah. Booorr-iiing. That’s, like, so predictable. You should follow the lead of the Fountains Of Wayne – they don’t want any of those tired old cliches. Oh, no – they want an alien for Christmas, and they’re going to tell you exactly how goshdarn much they want an alien for Christmas in their alien-for-Christmas-themed song ‘I Want An Alien For Christmas.’ Happy Day Seventeen of the BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown!

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Sixteen

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With all this talk of the increasing commercialization of the holiday season, sometimes you can’t help but feel that someone needs to inject a little soul back into Christmas. Step forward, then, Smokey Robinson, the perfect man for the job, and the special festive tune we’re unveiling today as part of our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown. ‘Christmas Everyday’ isn’t the sort of idea we’d like to take literally (there’s only so many turkey sandwiches and James Bond re-runs a sane person can cope with) but we can’t deny that Smokey makes it sound pretty damn appealing. Then again, Smokey Robinson could recite the North Korean phone directory backwards can make it sound awesome, so that probably isn’t saying much.

BAMM.tv Advent Calendar: Day Fifteen

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We’ve already mentioned the fact that we’re big fans of Sufjan Stevens here at BAMM, so how could we resist his impassioned invitation to ‘Come On! Boogie To The Elf-Dance’? Answer: we couldn’t, and that’s why we chose Sufjan’s wonderfully festive ditty to mark Day Fifteen of our BAMM Advent Calendar Countdown. It seems that Sufjan is especially fond of Christmas too – this track is but a mere blip included in his ‘Songs For Christmas’ box-set, which spans a staggering five discs of yuletide goodness.

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