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

bowie and crosby xmas singleThis 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 David Bowie, I live down the road, can I use your piano?”). And despite that, it all comes together so beautifully. Bowie’s ‘Peace On Earth’ counter melody alongside Crosby’s beautifully rendered ‘Little Drummer Boy’ is magical to behold. Is it pandering on both artists’ parts? Perhaps. But hokey smokes, does it work.

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