Sunday, December 14, 2003

'Tis the season - for seasonal downloads!

Proof that we're living in a very different world than we have in the past: Target is using Lene Lovich's "New Toy" in their Christmas television ads. Lene Lovich?!?! You mean this Lene Lovich? Wow. If that won't put you in a jolly, seasonal mood, nothing will, huh? "New Toy," written by Thomas Dolby, is splendid, outré new wave. Target needs to give their advertising agency really big Christmas bonuses - not only is this ad great, but their TV campaign really hasn't missed its mark in some two years.

One of my all-time favorite Christmas songs isn't actually about Christmas at all, but was released as a Christmas single back in '84. It's Wham!'s "Last Christmas," which was a double a-side with "Everything She Wants," and was only kept from being the UK's Christmas number one by the then-fastest-selling single of all time, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas." Wham! had to settle for five weeks in the runner-up position with this, a gorgeous, lushly produced record about a painful breakup. Nothing whatsoever to do with the holiday, but because of its title (and its sleigh bells, natch), it gets played every December like clockwork. And that's a good thing, mind. As a bonus (it's the holidays!), I'm also offering a cover of "Last Christmas" this week by Jimmy Eat World. This 2001 recording shows them in a much more poppy mindset than much of their oeuvre; that's a good thing, too.

And yes, of course I'm working on a C700 Go! Christmas mix, with some really fun rarities included. I'll let y'all know when it's done.

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