Martin S Pribble – A Christmas Special
Tomorrow is Christmas, and also the 4th anniversary of the death of James Brown (mercy on his Soul Music) so I thought I’d better celebrate with you with my TOP 10 SONGS FOR THE SEASON. And here they are!
I’m going to start with a proper Christmas carol. This is possibly the most daggy and kitsch thing I have ever seen, and I’m not sure that either of them are really enjoying singing it.
Please enjoy David Bowie and Bing Crosby performing a “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth” medley.
And while David is thinking about people who live in the sky, what better than to launch into one of his slightly less fanciful periods? This is David Bowie performing “Starman”. Keep your eye out for the most epic muttonchops in existence on the bass player!
While Bowie is on high and thinking about space aliens, our friend Johnny Cash sits below and pleads to his saviour in a time of need. This is his cover of the song “Spiritual” originally written and performed by Spain. A haunting and meloncholy song about someone in the throes of depression who is reaching for the only thing he thinks he has left.
This is Johnny Cash performing “Spiritual”.
As if in answer to Cash’s solemn cries for Jesus, good ol’ Tom Waits raspily sings this absolute gem from his album “Bone Machine”, a lo-fi classic which he recorded in a barn (ooh fitting!) with bass player Les Claypool. I love this song, it’s so fun to sing, and Waits’ single string guitar notes are simple yet sublime.
Tom Waits with “Jesus Gonna Be Here”.
Now that Jesus is here, lets talk a little about judgement. No not the judgement that God will apparently deal out to us on our death. I’m talking about the judgement of others upon you and I. Yep that’s right, this song is about judgment of those who are not religious by those who are.
This is (in a seizure inducing clip) Soundgarden with “Jesus Christ Pose”.
For those of us who don’t believe, sometimes it feels like we are being persecuted by those that do. Sometimes we can ignore it, and at others it feels like a witch hunt.
This is Queens Of The Stone Age with “Burn The Witch”.
Now that I have your attention, maybe you can see what the believers think of us heathens. They think we are evil. Just to prove a point, here’s a song that I use as a bit of an anthem in my life, while not exactly true, it serves to illustrate how I feel sometimes.
This is Supersuckers performing “Born With A Tail”.
For those of us without religion, we can look on to those who believe that the world was created for them with some pity. We see the world for what it is, not one with a magical sky-daddy looking over us. Those that believe in the Christian doctrines have increasingly come to believe that not only does God watch over them, but God’s offspring helps them in their daily tasks. He oversees their lives personally. In fact you can personalise him so much he can appear to be whatever you want him to.
This is Depeche Mode with “Personal Jesus”.
Jesus is so personalisable that he can do anything. He can help you win a football match, he can help you pass a test, and he can stop it from raining, if you just ask him nicely. Hell, he can even build you a car!
Ministry with “Jesus Built My Hotrod”.
The most important thing about this time of year is the fact that I get a couple of weeks off work. As much as I enjoy my work, it will kill you eventually folks, especially if you don’t take a break! This clip by Spike Jonze is super cute, well worth watching even if just to see the cute baby animals in it!
Weezer performing “Island In The Sun”.
And finally, as a way to show what next year holds on my blog, apart from continuing to strive to deliver you with quality content, I am also going to say this:
I am not going to stop, I am not going to ease up, and I am not going to let the stupidity and greed of the world get the better of me. In short, I’m not gonna take it.
This is Twisted Sister with “We’re not gonna take it”.
Just to sign off, thank you so much to everyone who supported my blog over the last 12 months, and I really hope that I can continue to make a difference, even if only a small one, to the lives of people who read my blog.
From the botom of my heart, I hope you all have a great (and safe) holiday season, and don’t forget that your actions do matter.
All my love,