On Ramping Up the Christmas Music

It wouldn’t be December without “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Instead of the version that you probably hear on the radio at least twice this time of year, this is the extended remix by Trevor Horn. It’s notable for a few things. The instrumentation is mixed lower so the vocals are more prominent. And there are a number of spoken messages about Christmas and feeding the poor in the latter half of the track. David Bowie makes a heartfelt plea, while Paul McCartney is strange and goofy.

It also wouldn’t be December without Beatle-esque Christmas music:

This is a track by The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band. Ten years ago I bought two CDs of Christmas music that they had recorded. (Here’s some thoughts on those albums.) They’ve now remastered those albums and recorded two new tracks, including this “Let It Be”-style take on “The First Noel.”

Looks like I need to double-dip. :h2g2:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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