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Holiday Music: A Child's Garden of Rock

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If you've attempted shopping this weekend, you have our sincerest sympathies. At this point in the holiday season, it's a good idea to take a moment, try to let the yule-rage subside, and remember the true meaning of Christmas: giddy little kids.

GAYLA PEEVEY - I Want A Hippotamus For Christmas
Truly childlike in its all-consuming greed, this song is a testament to the power of possibility in a child's mind. There is no logical consideration you can think of for which she doesn't have a compelling counter-argument. Here's to parenting via debate.

LITTLE JOEY FARR - Rock and Roll Santa
I'm not sure a modern day Santa could get away with telling a young boy "Let's get real gone" without ending up on solicitation charges, but back in the 50s that sort of thing was considered OK.

KIDS OF WIDNEY HIGH - Santa's In A Wheelchair
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This area school for disabled kids has had a killer band for a long time, and they deliver a truly rocking, truly heartwarming tale, teaming up to help out Santa without pitying him for his condition.

THE BEACH BOYS' CHILDREN - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
As they were working on M.I.U. in 1977, the Beach Boys attempted a follow-up to their classic holiday affair of 1964. Sadly the entire thing remained unreleased until 2002, when several of the intended tracks appeared on an expanded CD reissue of the Beach Boys Christmas Album, which is certainly an essential household item for the season. Presumably, the entourage here includes two-thirds of the future Wilson Phillips (Brian's daughters Wendy and Carnie) as well as the future In Bloom (Carl's son Justyn and Dennis' son Carl).

BRENDA LEE - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
Was Brenda the one that went down to Frisco and joined the SLA? No, that was Jackie and Judy. From the sound of it, she's probably sympathetic to the cause, though.

LITTLE STINKERS - I Farted On Santa's Lap
What can you say? Fart = funny, even on Christmas.

Photo by makelessnoise on flickr.