I make no bones about my favorite secular Christmas song, the one which is essential listening on the regular every year. My favorite traditional carol is O Holy Night, a soaring paean of hope. Over the weekend, one of the local college stations I listen to played a rendition of the song by Osaka Popstar, a New York supergroup featuring former members of the Ramones and the Misfits (I'd wager that their name is an homage to Shonen Knife). Oddly enough, though the band has this guy in the lineup, their crunchy, uptempo take on the carol sounds one-hundred percent earnest:
In other punk Christmas news, Bad Religion, fronted by noted atheist Greg Graffin, released a holiday 'Yule log' featuring a bunch of earnest takes on traditional Christmas carols, with their American Jesus as a satirical coda:
Who knows? Maybe Santa is a headbanger. Hope all is well for you on this Christmas Eve.