One night recently, I was battling through a holiday-stricken crowd at a local Target when the bland elevator Christmas tunes were infiltrated by something unusually profound. It was Dropkick Murphys' latest "The Season's Upon Us," a single off their upcoming release Signed and Sealed In Blood. Like a resolved Ebeneezer or Grinch I was suddenly overcome by the holiday spirit. Spirits to be precise. The folk-rock Irish tune reminded me of what lies ahead - a celebration of drunken mayhem with the people I love and hate, my family.
In celebration of Christmas, and the release of Dropkick Murphys' new album, the band's drummer, Matt Kelly, accepted the honor of assembling a holiday mixtape of their favorite Christmas tunes. Be sure to check out the amazing music video for "The Season's Upon Us" below.
Merry Christmas everyone!
1. "White Christmas" - The Drifters Another great classic holiday song done a little bit differently.
2. "Run Rudolph Run" - Chuck Berry A great Chuck Berry song about Rudolph trying to get Santa around the world in just one night.
3. "Christmas All Over Again" - Tom Petty Just a great rock and roll song from TP that happens to be about Christmas.
4. "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade The granddaddy of rock and roll Christmas songs, this is probably the most popular one in the English-speaking world. The fact that it still charts in the top 20 every year since the early 70s is a testament to its awesomeness. Total party tune!
6. "The Season's Upon Us" - Dropkick Murphys I suppose it was only a matter of time before we decided to tackle our very own Christmas song, but of course we couldn't try to compete with the likes of Bing and Nat. This is our take on the holidays...just one more time during the year when you're reminded of the insanity to which you're born...
7. "Merry Christmas, I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight" - The Ramones The Ramones try to remind us that during the holiday season we should all just try to get along...
8. "Father Christmas" - The Kinks The Kinks have been a family favorite since my (Matt's) Dad procured their early singles in the 60s. "Father Christmas" is a hilarious if sardonic middle finger to typical Christmas cheer, all while baiting and threatening Santa Claus, balled up in a Ray Davies-written classic. One of the all-time greats that brings back fond memories of being a kid listening to tunes with Mom and Dad.
9. "Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues Our band can't hide the fact that The Pogues played a huge part in shaping the music we play. In the late 80s, they managed to write an original Christmas song that showed the uglier side of two people trying to get through the holiday season. The lyrics made it a classic and the music is one of the more beautiful pieces that you'll ever hear.