Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to All: Some of My Favorite Yule-Tide Videos

Written by on December 24, 2008

First, from all of us at Revenge of the 80s Radio to you and your loved ones: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Have a very 80s New Year!

Our special Christmas Podcast is available on this post.

While we went through some classic alt-80s holiday tracks, I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmastime videos from some of the era’s great artists:

If I had to choose, my favorite (non-comedy) Christmas song is “Fairytale of New York.” The Pogues and Kirsty McColl tell a touching tale that could be about many first and second generation families of European immigrants from the early part of the 20th century. It’s a holiday love and anger song portraying the struggles of an Irish couple hurt by broken dreams. While not a typical song of holiday cheer, it will still be sung by music fans well into th enext century:

As far as nice Christmas songs go, Timbuk 3 put together a tune evoking memories of childhood toys while asking for true blessings of peace in “All I Want for Christmas:”

Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson as the Mock-Roickers Bad News showed the true spirit of holiday commercialism with the twisted tune: “Cashing In On Christmas:”

Former Saturday Night Live band leader and guy who played Officer Toody in the movie remake of “Car 54, Where Are You?,” Buster Poindexter put together a fun video for his cover of the Louie Armstrong classic “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?”

‘Zat You Santa Claus? – B. Poindexter

…and then there is this one by Mojo Nixon. “Christmas, Christmas” is his first tribute to the holidays. This video is from a potential documentary called “The Meaning of Louie:”

Once again: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!”

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