Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Let My Love Open The Door” — Pete Townshend (1980)

OK bear with me on this one… Pete Townshend’s classic 1980 hit Let My Love Open The Door is not, strictly speaking, a “holiday song” by any imagination. It is, however, a deeply spiritual and extremely uplifting one. Ostensibly a love song, this Top 10 hit from his Empty Glass solo album is indeed about love, but not romantic…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Holly Herald” — Jethro Tull (2003)

Hi and welcome back for another year of festive holiday musical happy-time! No big hurrah here, no major write-ups, I thought I’d jump right into this year’s selections with an instrumental piece from legendary prog-rock band Jethro Tull. Their 2003 release Jethro Tull Christmas Album is one of my favorite seasonal listens. It’s equal parts Pagan…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” — Billy Squier (1981)

Another MTV Holiday classic. Literally. Filmed right on their set, with most of the original VJs, back in the halcyon days of the fledgling cable network. Back when Nina Blackwood was the object of every guy’s young lustful urges, but we all really had huge crushes on Martha Quinn. She was the ultimate girl next…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Bears” — Zebra (1984)

Strictly speaking, “Bears” — a 1984 prog/rock/metal single from Zebra — is not a holiday song, per se and such as. However, it is entirely evocative of that whole winter holiday feel, complete with xylophone chimes, strings, choirs, etc… plus it’s about freakin’ hibernating BEARS man! By a band called Zebra! Yeah I don’t know…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Ring Out Solstice Bells” — Jethro Tull (1977)

Jethro Tull’s 1977 album Songs from the Wood remains one of my alltime favorite albums, weaving a rich tapestry of paganesque folk imagery amidst lively musical accompaniment. Where I live, here in South Florida, there’s no sense of seasonality, no winters, no real sense of an Old World or the passage of time. This album…

Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” — David Bowie & Bing Crosby (1977)

This has got to be one of the most surreal Christmas songs of all time. The improbable pairing of famed golden-oldie crooner Bing Crosby and in-the-prime-of-his-Berlin-period David Bowie is just enough to make head scratches, but to put them together in a video that is just replete with 70s network television contrived cheesiness (“Hi, I’m…