Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Silver Bells” — The Ventures (1965)

No big write-up on this one, as you already know the song, and if you know the theme to “Hawaii Five-O”, you know The Ventures pretty goshdarn well. We’re talking ’60s instrumental guitar rock at its most influential, and their take on the perennial Christmas classic Silver Bells is an easy addition to your playlist. Especially if…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “God Bless Mister B. At Christmastime” — Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)

From the unbelievably hilarious Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, which if you’ve never seen, you pretty much need to drop everything you’re doing right now and catch it on Netflix or whatever streaming services are available. The first time I ever watched this program — I’m thinking around 1993 or ’94, maybe — it instantly became one…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “O Come All Ye Faithful” — Weezer (2008)

Talk to most people about bands like Weezer, Green Day, Foo Fighters, or any neo-power-pop band that emerged in the mid ’90s, and there’s always huge debate on when exactly they “sold out” or “went commercial” or “started to suck”, etc. etc. I dunno, man. Some of them were always commercial, or even perhaps “always…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” — George Harrison (1973)

I’m not a particularly religious man, by any stretch of the imagination. I think that’s the rub, really. “Religious man”. As in, religion is a man-made construct: a home-made, grassroots means of interpreting God. And yet also a bureaucratic, flawed, collective means of interpreting the Universe, Creation, Existence, and Eternity. It just doesn’t work all…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Silver Bells” — Twisted Sister (2006)

“TWIST-ed SIS-TER?!!” Well sure… look no one can deny their place in pop culture history for such cheese- and amaze-balls rock anthems in ’80s rock video classics We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock (their catalog is surprisingly good before then, but those songs get zero airplay/recognition from anyone who isn’t Eddie Trunk), and Dee Snider,…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Run Rudolph Run” — Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl (2008)

An exchange from the 1994 movie Airheads: [Chazz and Rex are testing Chris] Chazz: Who’d win in a wrestling match: Lemmy or God? Chris Moore: Lemmy. [Rex imitates a game show buzzer] Chris Moore: … God? Rex: Wrong, dickhead, trick question. Lemmy *IS* God. Well now who can argue with that? Truth be told, there were…