Sonic Youth Does Christmas Music
Way back in the day Sonic Youth offered a Christmas song for a Christmas CD compilation (way back when CD’s mattered). Of course, in typical Sonic Youth style, the song they chose to contribute was a cover of Martin Mulls’ “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope.”
Consequence of Sound today digs a Christmas gem out of the archive: Sonic Youth offering a raucous cover of “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” for a 1996 Christmas compilation from Geffen Records called “Just Say Noel.”
Maybe the only Christmas music as unexpected and creepy as hearing Bob Dylan gravel over a few verses of “Must Be Santa” is Thurston Moore announcing of his band mates, “We just got back from the North Pole. You know what we were doing up there, don’t you? We saw him, all right, with all his little dwarves.” Head to Consequence of Sound to check it out.
And in the spirit of celebrating the creepiest, most unexpected Christmas music ever, we’d like to offer up what maybe the crown jewel of the genre: the David Bowie/ Bing Crosby “Peace On Earth/ Little Drummer Boy” mashup. If you only know the song, you really owe it to yourself to check out the video, in which they pretend to meet as strangers. Bowie asks, “Do you like modern music?” and Crosby answers “Oh sure, it’s marvelous—some of it’s really fine.” Oookay guys…