Obscure Christmas Songs

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Christmas On Riverside Drive (August Darnell)
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Merry Christmas (Plan 9)
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Donde Esta Santa Claus (Augie Rios)
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Santa Claus Likes Rich Kids Better (Young & Sexy)
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Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man This Christmas) (The Weather Girls)
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Jingle Bells (The Singing Dogs)
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Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas) (Elton John)
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All I Want for Christmas is My Upper Plate (Homer & Jethro)
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Santa Claus Jr. (Johnny Brandon)
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Christmas Chopsticks (Bobby Vinton)
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Christmas at K-Mart (Root Boy Slim)
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Christmas Eve Will Kill You (The Everly Brothers)
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Rudy (The Be Good Tanyas)
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Christmas At The Zoo (The Flaming Lips)
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It's Such a Lonely Time of Year (Nancy Sinatra)
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Old Toy Trains (Roger Miller)
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Hey Santa Claus (The Moonglows)
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Christmas Is Coming (Payolas)
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Christmas Dragnet (Stan Freberg)
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Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas (Commander Cody)
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Christmas Cake (Rilo Kiley)
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Birthday Boy (Pet Shop Boys)
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Christmas In The Trenches (John Mccutcheon)
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I Want An Alien For Christmas (Fountains Of Wayne)
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Kisses For Christmas (Marti Brom)
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Christmas Rule (Jorma Kaukonen)
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Santa Came Home Drunk (Clyde Lasley)
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Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer (Turtles)
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Old Man Spivey's Egg Nog (Dalhart Imperials)
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Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas (Eels)
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I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You (Margo Guryan)
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Jingle Jangle (The Penguins)
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Christmas Griping (R.E.M.)
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Hooray For Santa Claus (Milton Delugg)
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Little Gray Donkey (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
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So obscure in fact that for the most part each of us here at Yuleplay’s snowy towers were scrambling our brains trying to work out had we heard many of these unheralded Christmas gems. So what kind of tune makes a playlist of obscure Christmas songs? Well you’ll see that being moderately well known as an artist doesn’t preclude you with the likes of Nancy Sinatra, the Pet Shop Boys and R.E.M. all present and counted. The fact remains that each of these artists recorded Christmas songs that are by and large missing from Christmas playlists each December and in each case unfairly so.

With such a bulging Santa sack full of festive obscurity it is quite likely that you may not connect with every track but we’re sure you’ll find plenty of new favourites. How could you, for example, not find room in your heart for the surf jangle of ‘Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer’ from the Turtles. It is high octane stuff and full of belly laughs which makes one wonder how it is has escaped the attention of the masses each new yuletide. ‘Hey Santa Claus’ by the Moonglows is equally ebullient and given that it comes from way back in 1953 you might be taken by how quickly it will have whisked you onto the dancefloor in a group hug with complete strangers. Class is permanent you see and this little gem deserves its time in the spotlight over the holidays. Similarly well turned out and also awaiting your expectant arms is the Penguins ‘Jingle Jangle’, a riot of Christmas song that is bound by its terms and conditions to transform any boring festive gathering into an absolute blast.

Even though the name of August Darnell might not be known to many he was instrumental in one of the biggest bands of the 1980’s Kid Creole and the Coconuts and his eponymous release called ‘Christmas On Riverside Drive’ sounds utterly discotastic. It was featured on a collection called ‘A Christmas Record’ that came out in 1981 which contained the very first release of the Waitresses classic ‘Christmas Wrapping’. Just one more reason to take this batch of Christmas obscurities to your heart and never let go.

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