The completely out-of-proportion reaction of some loose nutbars has resulted from a track on the latest album from UK rockers Babybird, "Jesus Stag Night Club". The song features an appearance from actor Johnny Depp, a huge fan of the band, and now that it's been released as Babybird's "Christmas single", many of the allegedly pious are spewing enormous amounts of bile. It's just a song, people.
The reportedly offending lyrics include: "I can't remember where I was last night, I think I was hanging naked off a church spire, tied by my ankles to a weathervane. Felt like I was Jesus on fire".
Ironically, people like me might never have heard of the tune if it weren't for the whining. Now, my only regret is that I didn't hear about it sooner. It's great mixtape material. And, frankly, controversy aside, "Jesus Stag Night Club" is a kick ass tune on its own merit. Can't get the mp3 on Amazon as yet, but iTunes has it.
I admit, I have been consciously avoiding the American Idol types this season. But there are some I'll always have a soft spot for, one of those being Jordin Sparks. Jordin's new Christmas single hasn't been widely publicized for some reason. Happily, "Angels Are Singing" is an uptempo Pop Soul romp from the ABC Family original "12 Dates Of Christmas". At the moment, at least, it's an iTunes exclusive. The movie is scheduled to air December 11 and stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Amy Smart.
This one's a very nice Rock track from the UK group Soul Circus, but what really sells it is the video of a lost Prancer sending his letter to Santa Claus and hoping for rescue. For that alone, this one's worth the look see. All proceeds from "Picture Frames" will be donated to the Leeds homeless charity St. George's Crypt. Technically, the download is free, but Soul Circus does ask that you hit the big donate button on the right and give a little to the cause. Someone had to put on the Prancer costume for the video shoot; it would seem that the least you could do is cough up a few coins. Right?
I'm probably the last person on the 'Net to mention this Americana shuffle from The Black Swans. I don't think I'm as high on it as everyone else seems to be, but it's not a bad tune and I shouldn't deprive you. The twist of "Christmas Alone" is that that's what the protagonist desires, not what they dread. Maybe you can relate, if you've had one too many dysfunctional family holidays. The lyrics are very well written and the song features Eve Searls (of Bird & Flower). It's just not reaching me, though. Oh, well, you can find this one on Bandcamp and Amazon, if you're less of a Scrooge about it than I seem to be.