The Five Best Christmas Covers
It's always great receiving presents around the holiday season. Along with the thought that goes into choosing that perfect gift for someone, there's the tradition of the presentation which often includes covering these gifts in festive wrapping paper. After all, who doesn't love a good cover? It is with the spirit of the season in mind that we present our top five favorite Christmas covers. Not merely reinterpretations of standards, these are modern classics given an even more modern spin!
YouTube Screen Capture Buster Poindexter is "Hot Hot Hot" for Santa!
See also: The Best of South Park's Christmas Songs
No Doubt - "Oi! To The World", 1997
Any punk fan worth his weight in holly is familiar with Orange County favorites The Vandals' Christmas album Oi! To The World. Just about the only thing more wonderfully absurd than the title track's placement of a brawling skinhead's action sequence at Christmas is the fact that No Doubt's cover of it for 1997's A Very Special Christmas 3 compilation didn't alter a single word.
Sloppy Seconds - "Hooray For Santa Claus" 1992
No holiday film is complete without an iconic music moment. While we all know "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's" iconic themes, there's a surefire underground favorite in "Hooray for Santa Claus" from 1964's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Elevating its cult status is the wonderful cover from Sloppy Seconds, who faithfully retain the song's inaccurate spelling "S-A-N-T-Y."
Buster Poindexter - "Zat You Santa Claus?" 1987
Louis Armstrong's holiday album has been the barometer for Christmas Cool for over 50 years. It's rare anyone attempts a take on the originals, which is why New York Dolls frontman David Jo Hansen AKA Buster Poindexter's version of "Zat You Santa Claus" is all the more impressive. It even inspired Beavis and Butthead to work some holiday magic.