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December 17, 2003

Holiday Songs That Aren't Terrible

Flagpole lists "holiday songs that aren’t terrible; they’re out there," including some largehearted favorites:

Of Montreal "Christmas Isn't Safe For Animals"

Yeah, it's got little to actually do with Christmas, but the ever-charming Of Montreal packs another intricate pop masterwork under surface faux-innocence.

Drive-By Truckers "Hope Santa's Out of Rehab for Xmas"

"Grandma won't take me skating, and my cousin won't score me no dope..." are the Truckers' sorrows on this Holiday cut off the 1996 Flagpole Christmas Album. "Need a new rifle to kill me some squirrels, need me a slingshot to shoot at the girls." Been there, brother.

Speaking of DBT, Stephen King recommended the band in his December 5th column for Entertainment Weekly (according to Flagpole's Music News & Gossip). Of course, he also mentions Kid Rock as a good listen, so take his recommendation with the requisite grain of salt.


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