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Tolerable Xmas Records (3)

I’ll let you into a secret – I hate the song ‘White Christmas’  in its original version.  It drones along, a malformed slice of seasonal tedium, just like all the ones we used to know.

But as it has been brought into the world, we might as well get someone to record a good version of it. Sort of stripped back, soulful, nice brass section,  schmaltz-free, recorded by someone like, oh I dunno… Otis Redding perhaps ?

Wouldn’t that be worth hearing ?

 

Carla Thomas is a midwinter child, born around the Shortest Day (December 21, 1942), the daughter of Rufus Thomas, no stranger to seasonal opportunism himself (‘I’ll Be your Santa Baby‘).

Described by some as the Queen of Memphis Soul, she also dueted with Otis Redding (notably on ‘Tramp’) and in 1963 released what may just about be my favorite Tolerable Xmas Record – ‘Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas‘)

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Tolerable Xmas Records (1)

With the possible exception of the Eurovision Song Contest, no regular event in history has been responsible for so many  aural turkeys (seasonal allusion intended).

Unike the Eurovision Song Contest, however, Christmas does occasionally throw up something worthwhile.  We’ve sifted through the tons of shit to reveal the odd diamond, so that you dont have to.

Over the next few days we’ll be posting a selection of Tolerable Xmas Records – our seasonal gift to you. Enjoy !

TOM WAITSChristmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis

The weird thing is, if you hadn’t heard this and were speculating what a Tom Waits Christmas song might sound like, you’d probably expect it to  include references to hookers living above dirty bookstores, dope, whisky,  Little Anthony & The Imperials, Omaha, prison, used car lots, guys who play the trombone…

 

CAN –  Silent Night

As Tom topped and tailed his offering with Silent Night, we may as well continue the theme with this Krautrock reworking from the 1970s….

 

More tolerable xmas songs tomorrow. Ho ho ho…

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