“Little Drummer Boy” – The Dandy Warhols

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Just heard this cover today. As much as I love Joan Jett’s version from 1982, this Dandy Warhols cover from 1994 is pretty stunning, with a wall of guitar noise you can drown in. There was a video created for this, but because it prominently features a man in tighty-whiteys dancing around, I’m posting this “video” that only features the single cover sleeve. You’re welcome.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” (alternate ending)

They just announced a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  This is completely unnecessary.  All they have to do is release the Director’s Cut with this alternate ending intact (which premiered on “Saturday Night Live”).

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81249131/

2000 Hits on Dave’s Strange World!

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Dave’s Strange World just had it’s 2,000th view today. Many thanks to everyone, from followers to lurkers, for the continued success of this blog.

To celebrate, esteemed British actor Oliver Reed has agreed to come back from the grave to do a solo performance of what dance purists call “Drunk on Aspel.”

The all-time Top 10 most popular posts on Dave’s Strange World:

10. “Copendium” written by Julian Cope

9. “Mother” – Natalie Maines (with Fred Norris) live on the Howard Stern Show 1-4-2013

8. “The Rebel Jesus” – Jackson Browne and the Chieftains

7. “Spirit of Truth aka One Man Show” (1997) – Vincent Stewart as Reverend X

6. “Hard Working Man” – Captain Beefheart / Ry Cooder / Jack Nitzche, from the film “Blue Collar” (1978) dir. Paul Schrader

5. “Russ Meyer’s Vixen” (1968) dir. Russ Meyer

4. “Saturday Night Live 1980″ – Nathan Rabin’s “How Bad Can it Be? Case File #23″

3. “Poetic License is Not Appreciated” a look at “American Me” (1992) dir. Edward James Olmos and “Blood In, Blood Out” (1993) dir. Taylor Hackford

2. “Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson” by Kevin Avery

and still #1 with a bazooka …

1. “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With At A Party” … From Saturday Night Live (2012)

“Sock it to Me Santa” – Bob Seger and the Last Heard

This is a raucous holiday favorite by an early Bob Seger.  It’s a little derivative of Mitch Ryder and James Brown, but still a lot of fun.

I’m signing off for the holidays.  But check back every once in a while …  You never know when Dave may get strange during the next week and a half.  Please take care and have a terrific and safe holiday and New Year!

Patton Oswalt on “Christmas Shoes”

Hands down, the funniest evisceration of holiday sanctimony … EVER!!  If you’re a fan of “Christmas Shoes,” please don’t watch this.  Please know that my intent is not to demean anyone who loves this song.  After all, I’m a huge fan of “Love Actually,” which many people despise for the same reasons I despise this song.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have our form of holiday sanctimony that we love.   But seriously folks, “Christmas Shoes” is really f–king awful and Oswalt gives it the treatment it deserves.  Not safe for work or little ones.

“Love Actually” (2003) dir. Richard Curtis

I realize I’m going to lose a lot of credibility points on this one, but f–k it!  Yes, this is hopelessly contrived.  Yes, it inspired a horrendously insipid genre of all-star casts falling in love around the holidays.  But this is one of my all-time favorite films and one that always brings a smile to my face.  This is probably my biggest guilty pleasure, but I don’t feel that guilty about it.  There’s terrific acting (especially by Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, and Laura Linney), a smart script, and is one of those movies that genuinely tries to make you feel good … and succeeds.   Next to “A Christmas Story” and “Bad Santa,” this is my all-time favorite Christmas film.

For penance, I tried finding a link to the parody that “30 Rock” did for their own version of “Love Actually”:  “Martin Luther King Day” … but alas, this no longer available in good quality on the net.

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” – The Ramones

The Ramones contribute a rockin,’ but sweet and sincere Christmas classic.  From their pretty decent 1989 album “Brain Drain.”  The video is a little corny, but worth a look mainly because, sweet lord, the clothes and hair on the actors (especially the female lead) is sooooo 1989!