Hark! We Herald Some Seriously Quirky Christmas Albums
By Laura Ferreiro Posted Nov 27th 2009 11:00AM
Bob Dylan isn't the likeliest of candidates to put out a Christmas album, but the legendary troubadour has declared to the world that he has 'Christmas in the Heart,' releasing an album of the same name. With everyone from Dylan to David Archuleta getting into the holiday spirit, we at PopEater decided to take a look at some seriously unexpected and downright bizarre holiday albums to help you do the same.Twisted Sister: 'Twisted Christmas'
Tired of making conversation with your great Uncle Harold over another dry turkey dinner? Break out this collection of heavy metal holiday zingers by legendary '80s hair metal band Twisted Sister and you'll both be head-banging along in no time.
Captain & Tennille: 'The Secret of Christmas'
The legendary husband and wife duo that brought us such '70s classics as 'Muskrat Love' and 'Love Will Keep Us Together' try their hand at everything from 'Jingle Bells' to 'Christmas In California.' Big synthesizer swells, ringing bells and swirling strings get us into the spirit. The best part? Not even Christmas can make the Captain remove his hat.
Jethro Tull: 'The Jethro Tull Christmas Album'
What could be more fitting for a festive gathering than the glorious electrified flute tunes of these renowned prog-rockers? Combining Tull originals and holiday standards done up with Celtic, folksy abandon, it offers a little something for everyone on your list.
William Hung: 'Hung for the Holidays'
The 'American Idol' cult hero delivers his charmingly painful off-key renditions of 'Deck the Halls' and 'Little Drummer Boy,' as well as his own 'Greeting: Thanks & Wishes.' It would be hilarious if it weren't for Hung's heart-felt, earnest reminder to "Give back to your community and help others in need."
Jimmy Buffet: 'Christmas Island'
Break out the cocktail umbrellas -- the 'Margaritaville' crooner puts his trademark laid-back, Caribbean signature on Christmas classics ranging from 'Jingle Bells' to 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)'. It'll make you strip off your winter coat and don your bikini!
'The Green Days of Christmas: The Holiday Tribute to Green Day'
Who would've thought that 'Jesus of Suburbia' could be made into such a delightful Christmas tune? Green Day's pop-punk classics including 'Welcome to Paradise' and 'Walking Contradiction' have been morphed into instrumental yuletide songs replete with jingling bells, horns, and plenty of holiday flourishes. This one has to be heard to be believed.
Various artists: 'A John Waters Christmas'
If the giant "Explicit Lyrics" label didn't already grab your attention, kids singing 'Santa Claus is a black man' and Rudolph & Gang calling Santa every four-letter word in the book probably will. This wacky yuletide comp put together by eccentric 'Hairspray' director John Waters offers up '60s R&B-style tunes alongside Alvin and the Chipmunks, providing a little something for even the biggest holiday cynic.
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