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Christmas: Are they shoving it down our throats too early?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CaseytheMuppet, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I loved the Key & Peele cover of the song. :)
  2. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    ... doesn't mention that song, though.

    Even if it isn't about that, it's still about someone advancing on someone in very stalkerish ways. If it's supposed to be romantic, it sure as heck doesn't feel like it to me. And it isn't even a Christmas song.

    Come to think of it, neither is Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, or Sleigh Ride. And I swear that "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" barely qualifies since they only mention Christmas once in the song. And ghost stories. Very Christmasy, those ghost stories. Well aware of A Christmas Carol, but I doubt that's what they're going for.

    I also have to admit, it's not the song personally, but I just get very tired of "The Christmas Song" because everyone covered it. And you're bound to hear all the different versions no matter where you go (except, of course, the BEST version... Big Bird and the Swedish Chef). It's not a bad song by any means, but the sheer number of covers that you have to hear kinda ruin it.

    And again, NO ONE ever plays the Snoopy Vs The Red Baron Christmas song.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  4. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    You haven't heard overplayed classic Christmas songs until you've heard Bad Religion's versions :B

    Although the fact American Jesus is also remixed slightly on this album kinda makes me wonder if it was an elaborate FU to something XP

    YES! THIS! It's possibly one of the few Christmas songs that I actually like and it irritates me to no end that no one plays it.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Personally, it's not Christmas until Darkwing Duck gets run over by Bushroot (twice) and sings "All I want for Christmas, are my tuh-ooo front tuh-eeth....."
  6. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    I found out that Ronnie James Dio recorded "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Possibly the best Christmas song I have ever heard… :insatiable:
  7. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    Well, guess what? I saw Christmas decorations already at one house as I walking by. Arghhhhhh! :( What is wrong with people, society, and the community? Why can't they learn how to wait til next month? :sigh:
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, to be fair, those aren't the easiest things in the world to put up. Actually early Christmas decorations do make sense. First off, November weather isn't that great, but hard from the unpredictability of December. It's the ideal time to be able to hang those things up. And of course you go to the effort to put all that junk up, you'd want to have those things up as long as possible. It's only having the Christmas decorations up for months later that gets to me. I don't know too many people who do that, though.

    I know houses that decorate for every major holiday, actually.
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  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    The first time I ever heard that song was on Pandora. I think I'd done a search for '60s songs. I really enjoyed it. But yeah for some reason it's kinda obsure now.
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  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I heard it when I was young on the way home from a relative's house on Christmas Eve. I personally can't tell if it's just a deep seated nostalgic thing or the fact that I do really like the song on its own (it's an awesome and underrated song), but all I know is that it's one of the only songs that really gets me in the Christmas mood. I'm also very partial to the Cheech and Chong Christmas story. I know radio stations (which have now changed to the same top 40 crap that every station plays) that played Christmas music and would, very rarely, actually play that Snoopy song. And always when I least suspect it after suffering through all those "The Christmas Song" covers, and a bunch of others.

    Funny thing is, I can't stress enough that these were Boston radio stations. One in particular got so many requests for Dominique the Christmas Donkey (for those who don't know, we have a huge Italian population in Boston) that they actually had to resort to playing it once a day at the same time every time and announcing that they were playing it at that exact time of day. No matter how much I listened to that station, they only played Snoopy like once a year.
  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    No I get you, the chorus is very uplifting. It gets me in the mood too and I only heard it for the first time last year.

    Lol, yeah we have a large Italian population too and I'm quite familiar with Dominique the Donkey.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    None of us cannot imagine how many requests a radio station would be flooded with to have to play a song at a certain time of day and advertise that they will. That's some love and dedication right there.

    Oh, and in case anyone wants to ask, "If you love that song so much, why don't you just buy the CD." I tried that. Guess what happened? It was a mislabled CD of other Christmas songs. Not even Charlie Brown himself would have that kind of luck!
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Look for it on YT, download an MP3 of it.
  14. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Good grief...
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Anyway, the one thing they're being good with is there haven't been any Christmas specials on regular Broadcast TV yet.

    Of course, that's because these networks hate running specials of any kind. They almost do so out of obligation. Which sucks. Halloween only saw the annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin with the "You're not Elected" special. Which doesn't make any sense in an off season, and I don't understand why they don't just have that episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show where Marcie and Linus wait for the Great Pumpkin (and this time, it's a bowling ball thrown the wrong way by Charlie Brown instead of Snoopy howling). Or at least the seldom seen "It's a Nightmare, Charlie Brown." No Monsters Vs. Aliens: Attack of the Killer Pumpkins, no Scared Shrekless... no nothing. Thanksgiving will see that Charlie Brown special (and the boring one about the Mayflower).
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think they include YOU'RE NOT ELECTED, CHARLIE BROWN, because 1. Election Day is practically right after Halloween, and it's somehow treated like a holiday in and of itself, and 2. Linus dedicates much of his first presidential address to discussing the Great Pumpkin... so, yeah...
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think (and I can't really verify this since I don't have that version) that the Warner Bros released version of The Great Pumpkin comes with "It's Magic, Charlie Brown" instead of "You're not Elected" like the Paramount release.

    That Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show episode about the Great Pumpkin, however, is an underrated classic. At least you could probably find the strips it was based off of if you look carefully enough.
  18. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    I guess I don't mind that so much as when people forget to shut the lights off when they go to bed at night.

    A couple of years ago, I worked the graveyard shift. On the drive home, (it was about 3:30AM), the city was deserted. I noticed that someone had forgotten to shut off their lights. It wouldn't have been that bad if it was just a string or two, but whoever it was had a whole Griswold/Wizards in Winter thing set up. It was just weird seeing this huge display blinking to nobody. (I wonder what his neighbors thought). :eek:
  19. Convincing John

    Convincing John Well-Known Member

    That Snoopy song is one of my favorites too. If they play it on the radio while I'm driving, I'll just cruise around until it's over. It's too good of a song to miss!

    Oh, and there's a grocery store called Meijer's in my area (pronounced "Meyer"). Anyhow, they have an aisle of stocking stuffers...including Snoopy in a WWI plane with his goggles. And you know those big inflatable things of Frosty, the Grinch, etc. people put in their yards? Well, there's also one of Snoopy on his doghouse as the WWI Flying Ace. The house has Christmas lights on it and (maybe) bullet holes too, but I'm not sure. I'll have to look again.
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  20. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    There's someone on our block with a display like that. Visible from space.

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