Sunday, November 16, 2014

Last Christmas

It's that time of year when all of the pop Christmas songs from the last bazillion years get radio play once again.  Strangely, it's seems like a performer's best shot at getting more than a few months of radio play out of a single is to put out a Christmas song, because the competition isn't as stiff and they get played every year.

They seem to range from classic big band and rockabilly stuff, to folksy shame-on-you-for-being-happy-during-Christmas stuff, to just plain weird stuff.  The song I picked is probably closest to the last category.  Before George Michael tossed aside Wham! like an old dirty rag, they recorded a Christmas song: "Last Christmas", a strangely smooth post-Christmas breakup song.

Personally, I think that breakup songs should be disastrous, petty, pleading things like Ben Fold's "Song for the Dumped" (warning: explicit) and Cee Lo Green's "Forget You", so I decided to record my own version of "Last Christmas":