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Music Media: Christmas Special

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Music is an integral part of the Christmas holiday. Of course, it is very easy to get sick of hearing the traditional tunes over and over again. I know I do. So, I have tried to get a couple of tunes that many of you may not have heard of, or at least in this fashion. Hopefully, it will prove worthy of spending some time with over the course of the busy holiday.

Bing Crosby and David Bowie – “Little Drummer Boy”

Here is a great clip from 1977 featuring two all time greats singing a Christmas classic together on a Christmas television special. It is definitely an odd combination, but it is one that worked out beautifully for this duet.

The Beatles – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Honestly, I am not sure where this clip is from, but it is pretty good. It is a rocking Christmas tune that will inspire good will and head bobbing as it bounces along. It is not a video, but the audio is pretty good quality.

Zakk Wylde – “White Christmas”

This is pretty wild. Zakk Wylde is one of those guitar players who can melt your face with an insane solo, but he also has a mellow side, demonstrated by this clip of him performing “White Christmas.” Now, I am not positive it is him, but I would not have a hard time believing it, either way it sounds pretty sweet.

Twisted Sister – “Heavy Metal Christmas” (live in studio)

Here is a song destined to be a landmark for metalheads everywhere. Okay, perhaps not, but there is no denying the entertainment value to be found in Twisted Sister’s interpretation of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

King Diamond – “No Presents for Christmas” (live)

What would Christmas be without someone to throw water on the proceedings? Leave it to King Diamond with his metal holiday classic “No Presents for Christmas.” This looks and sounds pretty decent. It was captured live at a concert in 2003.

Charlie Brown’s Heavy Metal Christmas featuring Tourniquet

This is a pretty great mash up of the Charlie Brown Christmas special with Christian metal band Tourniquet’s song “Good Day for a Hanging.” It is not exactly Christmas related, but it is in a roundabout way. This is edited very nicely, particularly the vocal parts.

Trans Siberian Orchestra – “Joy to the World” (live)

These guys must be amazing to see live. A co-worker saw them recently at the Izod Center in New Jersey and said the show was absolutely amazing. One day I hope to experience the magic of TSO. Here is a performance of “Joy to the World” with decent audio/video quality, recorded 11/1/08 in Iowa:

August Burns Red – “Carol of the Bells” (live)

This band is pretty wild. They play some pretty complex music, stand out, and put on a wild live show. Here is a clip of them from last December doing a cover of “Carol of the Bells.” It looks to have been captured by cell phone, but the quality is pretty decent.

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