Tuesday, November 28, 2006

It's a Tuvan throat-singing Christmas, Charlie Brown

Well, that would be way cool, but alas, just kidding. But in case you just can't get enough Tuvan throat-singing covers of your favorite hits (who can?), an artist named Bugotak is offering an entire album's worth for free download over at LastFM (Thanks to Copy, Right for the tip.)

And while I'm talking about singing, I've got to ask, what the hell is wrong with people that they think the entire world all of a sudden needs to be sanitized for the "benefit" of children? The reason I ask is that whilst at me mum's house for the recent big eating holiday, I overheard my 7-year-old grand-niece singing "What shall we do with the seasick sailor, what shall we do with the seasick sailor," etc. Seasick? Motherfucker is DRUNKEN, dammit ... shitfaced! When I asked my niece (grand-niece's mom) what the hell was up with this seasick sailor bullshit, she said yeah, they're pretty much changing all the lyrics to songs to make them "safe." So, for example, when they sing a certain popular Xmas carol, they do not sing about donning any "gay apparel," no doubt because to do so could possibly be construed as endorsing an alternative lifestyle. My niece couldn't remember exactly what kind of apparel they now don, but she thought it was something like "nice." OK, so I grew up singing about drunken sailors and gay apparel and I turned out perfectly: a potty-mouthed atheist. I think I'm going to go Xmas caroling this year ... I'm working up a little ditty about a drunken sailor in gay apparel ...

9 comments:

Stoneline said...

Have you heard of the Santa Rampages? We have a friend in Houston who does them every year. A whole gang of people dress up like Santa, crash corporate parties, eat all the food, drink all the liquor, sing dirty Christmas songs, and then get out before the cops arrive. Sounds like a great time!

(This is Sarah but the new Blogger has decided it hates me and will only let me use my work account to log in, not my Blogger account with my own name. What-the-fuck-ever!)

Lisa B. said...

OMG, a Santa rampage sounds absolutely fun! I think I would p[artake if the opportunity arose!

(Yeah, the new Blogger can be a real bastard. I wish I had never switched.)

Seth said...

So children are not expected to be able to discern an archaic usage of "gay" but they'll understand "don". They should eliminate that one for fear it would be endorsing some sort of mafioso connection.

So I serched for "santa rampage" and got this site: http://santarchy.com/

It's awesome if only for the "Police Navidad" graphic and pun.

andrew said...

I visited the throat singers site and listened to the version of 'Love will tear us apart'. It kind of sounds like 'Leonard Cohen covers Joy Division'

(I could get thrown out of Canada for saying anything bad about Leonard - they worship him up there with do-nuts, the army and Bach)

Lisa B. said...

Thanks for the Santarchy link, Seth!!

Andrew, don't go getting yourself kicked out of Canada ... there's nowhere to go from there but down. (Is Leonard Cohen Canadian? Gosh, they're lurking everywhere!)

andrew said...

Yes, he was born in Montreal.

Bach wasn't however, and they adore him.

I think I would rather get kicked out than watch the neo-conversativisation of the country as everyone stands by. Although you're right, there isn't anywhere else to go.

Jer said...

Y'know, there's money to be made in being an atheist: http://postrapturepost.com/index.html.

The headline on the FAQ page is gold.

Lisa B. said...

Damn I wish I had thought of that!!

Paul McRae said...

Santa Rampages, I know about Santa Rampages.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmcd9/314367085/