Monday, December 10, 2007
The impact the Beatles had on music has been immeasurable. I am really surprised their contribution to the Christmas music scene, however, was rather limited to a handful of flexi discs (which I won't even dare to post here--sorry--I've seen the files removed from other sites so fast I am not even going to try). "Christmas Time Is Here Again" is about it, folks. Of course, there's Paul's "Wonderful Christmas" that is, by all rights, a great song. I can see why it's often featured in many play lists this time of year.
But you're not going to find either song here today.
Instead, I am focusing on songs that are Beatlesque in feel, coming from bands inspired by the Beatles, or just have a FAB kind of sound to them.
First up is XTC. While they didn't really start out as a Beatlesque band, their albums such as Skylarking and Oranges and Lemons had a decidedly Beatles influence to them that is undeniable. They released a Christmas song in the UK as "The Three Wise Men." Maybe it's the over exposure to Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas," but I always found myself partial to this Beatlesque Christmas tune over McCartney's song. Sorry, Paul. Nothing personal.
XTC-Thanks For Christmas
Next up is a track from Neil Innes. He is best known for his work in Monty Python, but you also may know him from the movie, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash. The Rutles was a Beatles spoof mockumentary, and the Rutles also released two albums of Beatlesque music. As a solo artist, Neil Innes released a Christmas single in 1984. The influence of the Beatles is clearly evident in this track.
Neil Innes-Dear Father Christmas
Chris Stamey is the founder of the band The dB's. I can't say I've listened to a lot of their music, but Chris had a Christmas song that was included in the New Wave Xmas collection (long out of print, and going for a mint in some areas on the Web.) It has that whole Beatles nod/Wonderful Christmas kind of feel to it, so I had to include it.
Chris Stamey Group-Christmas Time
Finally, there was a group called Rubber Band that is a Swedish Beatles tribute band. They released a CD in 1996 and it's a quite fun take on what Christmas music might have sounded like if the Beatles chose to do more Christmas music than what they did. Often--well, not often but all the freaking time--people will credit these songs to the Beatles when posting the songs online. Not here, folks. I strive for more accuracy here. It's the Rubber Band. I wish it was the Fab Four, but it's great stuff nonetheless.
Rubber Band-Last Christmas