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The 7 - Music - X-mas songs + caring for Africa
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#1 Posted on 22.12.02 0554.54
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I just heard Do they know it's Christmas from Band-Aid and you know what. That's a pretty damn good song. So I went back and did some research when it was cool to help the needy in Africa in the mid 80s and there were 3 superbands one from Canada, the US and the UK. Kind of funny that it seems a lot of the names performing here could probably use a benefit concert for them right about now lol

The Best one is easily UK's Band-Aid with "Do They Know it's Christmas" You have legends like Bono and McCartney, Guys who did very well like Sting, David Bowie and the Eurythmicsm, Both Wham members Geroge Michaels and the other guy. Plus I love this Bananarama, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Boy George and Human League (YES!)

I like the Canadian Northern Lights with "Tears are not Enough". With major legends like Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. Geddy Lee was on it. Bryan Adams was/is a huge star (like it or not, I don't mind him). Joni Mitchell, Kim Mitchell (Patio lanterns). Corey Hart (where's his sunglasses at night), Tom Cochrane. Plus actors Eugene Levy and John Candy for whatever reason. Oh how can I forget Paul f'n Shaffer. There's also the crappy Anne Murray I think they had every Canadian 80s celeb on the list just kept going on and on. Remembering the video some of the faces were familiar especially the chicks but I can't put a name to a face/group.

The worst had to be from U.S.A 4 Africa with "We are the World". The title is kind of an ego trip isn't it lol. You know it's bad when Dan Aykord is involved (why?). You have a bunch of Jacksons lead my Michael which is fine but also Tito and LaToya. Bette Midler was there err. Springsteen, Billy Joel and Paul Simon couldn't save this one. Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers was there too along with one of my favs Cyndi Lauper. It just seemed like a bad mix and not a very good song.

Well the Band-Aid one is truly a Christmas theme but the other 2 I hear usually during Christmas time as well.

More traditional X-mas songs that I like are We Three Kings,The First Noel and a little less traditional the Chipmunks Christmas song
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#2 Posted on 22.12.02 0732.32
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Snoopy and the Red Baron is and always will be my favorite Xmas song. I really hate christmas for various reasons that I don't want/need to get into, but let's just say that I like the Snoopy song and leave it at that.
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#3 Posted on 23.12.02 1127.19
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I have a ton of obscure Xmas CD's - the less expensive the better - the best two have got to be "Creole Christmas" Compilation of cajun/dixie land tinged carols and my new favorite "The Gift" by the Yuletide Lounge Band - it has sax versions of It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Hark The Herald Angels Sing and The Twelve Days of Christmas that just plain rock - you also can't go wrong with Tom Scott's version of "Feliz Navidad" from GRP Christmas Collection III
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#4 Posted on 23.12.02 1227.42
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Frighteningly enough, I actually have the Creole Christmas compilation as well. A good bizarre Xmas cd I'd recommend is "Just in Time For Christmas" which features, among others, Squeeze, Klark Kent, Dread Zeppelin, and Timbuk 3 doing both classics and new stuff. Or, you can always go the traditional route and try and find a copy of "A Winter's Solstice III" from Windham Hill. It features an awesome version of Christmas Bells by John Gorka and also has Michael Hedges doing a very spare and haunting version of In Dulci Jublio.

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#5 Posted on 23.12.02 1318.04
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Pick up either of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Xmas albums and thank me later.
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#6 Posted on 23.12.02 1444.08
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Pick up either of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Xmas albums and thank me later.

My two little girls (4 1/2 and 3) go nuts for "The Mad Russian" on their first Xmas CD
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#7 Posted on 23.12.02 1526.37
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Pick up either of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Xmas albums and thank me later.

I concur.
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#8 Posted on 24.12.02 0312.35
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I fucking hate it when I hear Band Aid or USA for Africa (never heard the Canadian song here in Holland) during Xmas.
It isn't a freakin christmas classic, it's a song for those that hunger. It is dated. It sucks. It is NOT a christmas classic. There is nothing christmassy about it. ANd it is not like it makes me think 'ooh..better donate some money fast!'
I just hate it..

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