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Holiday Songs: Christmas Spirits

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Since the coming weekend will be filled with parties and their attendant hammerings, here are some suggestions for your trip to the liquor store in case you find yourself allergic to nog.

(Warning, the bottom three selections are probably not safe to crank up at work, unless you work for LAist. In that case, consider these five songs an assignment.)

CLYDE LASLEY - Santa Got Drunk On Christmas
Clyde's just full of ideas, use him as your shopping guide and watch your holiday blues spin, spin, spin away.

SIGNALMEN - Holiday Wine
This groovy little band from Champaign, IL popped up during a random search for Christmas songs and turned out to be one of my favorite finds of the year. Laid back and stony without falling asleep, it's perfect for the kind of gathering described in the song.
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TERRY ALLEN - X-mas On The Isthmus
Give Allen credit, in a desperate situation, he figured out why frankincense and myrrh were once considered desirable gifts.

CAROLYN MARK - The Christmas Song
No relation to the Nat "King" Cole classic, but further proof that country Christmas songs can be the most nihilistic of all.

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - I'm Getting Pissed For Christmas
The most straightforward punk rock holiday statement this side of "F*ck Christmas," at least the Brits know how to roll with it and make the best of things.

Photo by Chuckumentary on flickr.