Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mama, we're all Christmas now

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Pop quiz: What’s this year’s most heartwarming seasonal video?

Is it (A) silent monks miming Handel's "Messiah" ...

… or (B) Ministry's industrial music icon Al Jourgensen returning to his synth-pop roots with the altogether profane “It’s Always Christmas”?

The correct answer, of course, is (C) Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody." After all, what’s not to like about a hirsute glam band singing the most wonderfully childlike, exceptionally tuneful holiday original of all time?

Even though the band never broke in America (although a far inferior metal band that shall go unnamed scored major hits over here with covers of “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “'Mama Weer All Crazee Now”), Slade had 17 British chart-toppers in the U.K., and this one is still considered a perennial holiday classic.

Amazingly, "Merry Christmas Everybody" was actually banned earlier this month by a West London Holiday Inn, where a "large proportion" of guests reportedly complained that the song was annoying. A tone-deaf hotel spokeswoman went so far as to claim that “the best way to keep everyone's spirits up in the countdown to Christmas was to remove it from the playlist.”

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