Don’t let the word ‘alternative’ put you off because the Christmas songs that have emerged from the underground are often as sweet as those that have originated from the more pop orientated sphere. How else could you explain Smashing Pumpkins' ‘Christmastime is Here’ wherein the Chicago rock giants dispense with the multi-layered chord structures and instead focus on a celestial sound with plenty of beautifully rendered church bells. The band contributed this track to the Special Olympics charity album ‘A Very Special Christmas’ which given the season is very much in keeping with the spirit of the occasion. A little more sleight but altogether as heartwarming as a Bing favourite is Teenage Fanclub’s near instrumental ‘Christmas Eve’. The pity is that it is too short because with a stretch it could have become one of the best alternative rock Christmas songs. The Brazilian band Drugstore gave us plenty to think about on their ‘Maybe At Christmas Time’ as do grunge band Pearl Jam whose children’s worst nightmare on Christmas Eve is catalogued on ‘Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time)’ which was released at the peak of the band’s powers in 1991. All told this playlist should give you something to turn to when the old favourites start to sound a bit stale.
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