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Worst Christmas Songs Ever: “Santa Baby”

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , on December 13, 2013 by 30daysout

This is one that just gets on my last nerve. Every time it comes on I can’t change the channel fast enough. The tune, which tells the tale of a woman asking Jolly Old St. Nick for extravagant gifts, was written by Joan Javits and Phillip Springer in 1953. It was first recorded by Eartha Kitt that same year and has since been done by everyone from Madonna to Calista Flockhart.

I’m guessing the song is supposed to be sexy, but for me it’s about a thousand miles away. It just sounds like a rich girl whining to her wealthy old husband (dressed up like Santa, of course) for more and hinting at sex that most likely will never take place. After he falls asleep, because he’s in late 80s, she’ll max out his credit card and he’ll wake up and wonder what the hell happened. He’ll eventually die, she’ll get all his money, and then fight with his kids in court for years. I’m thinking I may have read way too much into this song.

Here is one of the worst versions performed by Madonna…

Bruce Springsteen – “High Hopes”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags on December 12, 2013 by 30daysout

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There have been grumblings in Springsteen nation about the forthcoming High Hopes album that is set to be released on January 14. Some people don’t like that the album will feature “covers.” Others think because the songs are not brand new and the album features previously released material, albeit in another form, that he is just putting something out to put something out. Does it really matter if you’re a true fan? I know it doesn’t bother me. I’m happy anytime Bruce wants to put out something new.

The song “High Hopes” is a serious upgrade from the version that appears in the Blood Brothers movie and six-song accompanying disc. Much more energy, much more groove, and, ah, Tom Morello, who presence is always refreshing. Some people I know can’t stand “Dream Baby Dream,” but I love it. It’s mesmerizing and soulful and the new version with the drum machine and background noise will be a welcome addition. I’m looking forward to hearing tunes like “Harry’s Place,” a leftover from The Rising sessions, a studio version of the excellent “The Wall,” written with Joe Grushecky and Morello’s take on “American Skin (41 Shots).”

Don’t listen to the haters, Bruce. We fans truly appreciate you putting out new/old/previously released material. Any Bruce is good Bruce.

Worst Christmas Songs Ever: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Posted in Christmas with tags , on December 12, 2013 by 30daysout

Songs that are supposed to put you in a festive mood can sometimes have the opposite effect when you are exposed to them 24/7 on the radio or at the store when you are busy running up your credit cards buying gifts that people will most often forget about come January. That being said. I really like Christmas music. “The Andy Williams Christmas Album” (the red one) and anything by Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King” Cole, Perry Como, Jerry Vale, etc  all put me in the holiday mood. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also a favorite and their yearly trek to Houston has become a family tradition. But there are those songs that, whenever you hear them, make you want to throw the radio out the window. One of those at the top of  my list is…Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

The tune was written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, who also gave the world “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” just to name a few.  The song has been recorded by everyone from Dinah Shore to Ella Fitzgerald to Zooey Deschanel to Leon Redbone to Dean Martin. Every time I hear it, it’s like a needle in the eye. I just want to take both people, throw them outside, and lock the door. It’s like “just do it” already. She clearly doesn’t want to leave. He doesn’t want her to leave, so get after it. Gets some wine, curl up by the fire and do what needs to be done. Forget about the “maybe just a cigarette more” and just heave-ho.

Below is quite possibly the worst version ever by Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton.