Buttkickin’ Holiday Songs: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” — Helix (2008)

helixcoverIt’s not Christmas without a little cheese metal, is it?

I kind of like Helix’s take on the perennial holiday classic Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. It doesn’t stand in the way of the melody, doesn’t try some massive reinterpretation of the song or the message; they just plug in and rock that sucker out. And why not? The song doesn’t need any embellishment.

As an aside, I saw Helix open up for Night Ranger (!) in the fall of 1987 at an auditorium at Florida Atlantic University. It remains one of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen. I will never apologize for my love of Night Ranger. I don’t believe in “guilty” pleasures. Someone who wants to make you feel “guilty” about something you like can go pound sand.

Well anyway… bop away, cavaliers!

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