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In 1992 there was a bill that came inches from beign passed in the Senate. Put forth by Rev. Conrad Merkis, known by his parish as 'Connie Christmas', the bill described a way for rock music, especially the growing popularity of grunge rock, to 'pay back' to the spiritual community the debt it owed for stealing the hearts and minds of its youth. The method was simple: every single song, especially hit songs, were required to have a 'Christmas Counterpart', which could be swung at spiritual holiday gatherings. The song simply needed to reference Christmas in some way - be it the words 'Christmas', 'Christmas time', or an 'infusion of a few bars from a famous Christmas carol.
Parenthetical Girls have released a Christmas 7" called Christmas Creep. It's got a New Order-ly cover of Sparks, it's a got a song built for this post (written independently, while listening to french news in a waiting room) and like all things ((GRLS)), it's got fascinating details, unignorable sexiness, and surprises at every turn. It's a double-A-side release, and it can be ordered here. With 150 in existence, get this already rare snowflake gem for someone you love, even if that's yourself. [Order]Posted by Dan at December 22, 2009 10:45 AM
i habitually put 'thank god it's not christmas' on holiday mixes and always felt a little odd. i'm glad to see i'm not alone.Posted by alicia at December 22, 2009 1:28 PM
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