Thanksgiving Playlist 2009: 100-Plus Songs Better Than Your Grandma's Lumpy Squash
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions?
This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical cousin, reckon, of Wall Street's "profit-sharing," decorators' "wall-hanging," or The Riches' Eddie Izzard's "ass-having." It's the holiday least commodified by the entertainment industry, possibly because it's so pre-owned by food concerns? It was even the final calendar-refuge from slasher films until Eli Roth's fake Grindhouse trailer.
So I...made a playlist. Please feel free to contribute to its comprehensiveness via the comments section. Yup, I am aware that I omitted relevant jams by Dido, George Winston, Kelis, Brad Paisley, and Sum 41. I'm also yet to hear that popular Williams S. Burroughs thing. And I know that Big Black released a Thanksgiving EP, but I've always avoided them out of a certainty that nothing music could be good enough to earn the cover art of Songs About Fucking. And let me warn you: even though it was on the 1984 Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, the awkwardly of-its-moment Danny Elfman song is somehow much easier to swallow if you used to be engaged to a girl who looks like Eric Stoltz in 1989's The Fly 2. -- William Bowers
The National- "Mr. November"
Sick Fix- "Thanks For Telling Me I'm Fat"
Tom Waits- "November"
Gorillaz & MF Doom- "November Has Come"
Christina Aguilera- "Thank You"
Led Zeppelin, "Thank You"
Bjork & Will Oldham- "Gratitude"
My Chemical Romance- "Thank You For The Venom"
Abba- "Thank You For The Music"
Marvin Gaye- "Got To Give It Up"
Guns N Roses- November Rain"
Bright Eyes- "I Will Be Grateful For This Day"
Loudon Wainwright- "Thanksgiving"
Cam'ron- "Family Ties"
Reggie & The Full Effect- "Thanks For The Misery"
Beastie Boys- "Gratitude"
Devo- "Thanks To You"
Oneida- "Thank Your Parents"
Ozzy Osbourne- "Thank God For The Bomb"
Charles Mingus- "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am"
Sister Sledge, "We Are Family"
Elvis Presley- "Thanks To The Rolling Sea"
The Frogs- "Thank God I Died In The Car Crash"
The Skatalites & King Tubby- "Give Thanks"
The Strawbs- "Thank You"
Graham Parker- "Almost Thanksgiving Day"
Cody Chesnutt- "Family On Blast"
Paul Butterfield Blues Band- "Thank You Mr. Poobah"
Puffy AmiYumi- "Thank You"
His Name Is Alive- "November Cotton Flower"
Jane's Addiction- "Thank You Boys"
Robert Pollard-"Thank You"
Dominion- "Appreciate To Mutilate"
Sparks- "Thank God It's Not Christmas"
Guns N Roses, "November Rain"
Bing Crosby- "Thanks"
The Commitments- "I Thank You"
Paul McCartney- "Gratitude"
James Gang- "Thanks"
Will Oldham- "Let's Start A Family"
Earth Wind & Fire- "Gratitude"
Wayne Kramer & Johnny Thunders- "Hey Thanks"
Jerry Cantrell- "Thanks Anyway"
Johnny Cash- "Thanks A Lot"
Something by the Mount Eerie-ish band (often covered by Mount Eerie) called Thanksgiving
Something by the psych underdogs Family
Something pissy from the punk boxset No Thanks
Something by the Grateful Dead
Cynthia Fee/ Andrew Gold- "Thank You For Being A Friend (Golden Girls Theme)"
Beastie Boys, "Gratitude"