My vote for all-time worst recording of a holiday song

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Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when this
was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station that's
playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick couldn't
hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke bar. It's
so bad it's hilarious.
 
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Doc wrote:
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> Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when this
> was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station that's
> playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick couldn't
> hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke bar. It's
> so bad it's hilarious.


I like it. The first time I ever heard it was on the charity album "A
Very Special Christmas" in 1988 or so.

I heard it on XM earlier today.
 
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Doc wrote:
> Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when
this
> was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station
that's
> playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick
couldn't
> hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke
bar. It's
> so bad it's hilarious.


She was on some special singing with the Black Boys of Alabama I think
it was yesterday. Man she was really ruining that song. I mean, she
did some good tunes back when, but you gotta know what you can't do.
Mike http://www.mmeproductions.com
 
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"Doc" <docsavage20@Xhotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when this
> was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station that's
> playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick
couldn't
> hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke bar.
It's
> so bad it's hilarious.
>

I keep watching this thread and so far I've been pleased that the sort of
death metal version of Jingle Bells my band mate Tim McCarthy put together
( that I listed in another thread ) hasn't been mentioned yet. ;-)

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On Sat, 25 Dec 2004 21:34:04 GMT, "Doc" <docsavage20@Xhotmail.com>
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>Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when this
>was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station that's
>playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick couldn't
>hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke bar. It's
>so bad it's hilarious.

How dare you post this right after posting your own mp3! :) Though
I enjoyed hearing a good and never-before-heard rendition of a
well-worn tune.

There's this song I heard too many times this year, with a female
voice singing "hurry down the chimmney tonight" [trying not to
speculate on the meaning], but it sounds like the same singer and era
as "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" which I always thought was
cute and amusing, but didn't hear this year.

On to something else, earlier this week I saw a very talented and
experienced singer (exact place, date and names intentionally obscured
to protect the innocent) I had heard before, singing a lovely and
traditional Christmas song, but the horror was that she forgot a
couple of the lines. I felt so bad for her...

As far as your original post, I hear enough popular renditions of
Christmas songs that if I don't immediately like something, I turn the
station or turn it off, so if I ever heard the Pretenders singing
that, I probably wouldn't remember.

OTOH, there's Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas...

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Ben Bradley wrote:

> As far as your original post, I hear enough popular renditions of
> Christmas songs that if I don't immediately like something, I turn the
> station or turn it off, so if I ever heard the Pretenders singing
> that, I probably wouldn't remember.

Nothing wrong with it. Chrissie Hynde has a very unique voice which some
find appealing and I am sure some don't. Doesn't mean she can't hold a
tune. At least, unlike most of the new crop of "singers", she sings it,
no autotune or "guide tracks".
 
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On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 02:11:49 GMT, Ben Bradley
<ben_nospam_bradley@mindspring.com> wrote:

> OTOH, there's Bob Rivers' Twisted Christmas... <snip>

THE best roasting Tchiakovski ever had!

"Buttcracker Suite":

'See the big bear man go chinka beloved patriot...chinka beloved patriot...chinka
beloved patriot...working on the sink!'

<bending way down lowwwww....>

'See the big tool belt go slippy slip...slippy slip...slippy
slip...sliding down his hip..."

<say it isn't soooooo....>

'See the real cleavage go peekaboo...peekaboo...peekaboo...cheeky
sneaking through...'

'See the plumber...whatta bummer...call another...hire someone else!'
 
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Ben Bradley: > There's this song I heard too many times this year, with a
female
>voice singing "hurry down the chimmney tonight" [trying not to
>speculate on the meaning],

This song is called "Santa Baby" and the most notorious version is by the
notorious Eartha Kitt (the Cat Woman from the Batman series). I used to like
the song until I was at a party and the daughter of a freind of mine, the most
despicable Princess I've ever known, played the song over and over and over
again proclaiming it to be her favorite Xmas song. If you know all the words
to the song, you will know why I now cringe when I hear it!
 

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"Jim Kollens" <jimkollens@aol.com> wrote in message
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> I used to like
> the song until I was at a party and the daughter of a freind of mine, the
most
> despicable Princess I've ever known, played the song over and over and
over
> again proclaiming it to be her favorite Xmas song. If you know all the
words
> to the song, you will know why I now cringe when I hear it!

This song is the gold-diggers anthem, ain't it? I have some video of Epcot's
American Vybe vocal group doing it, and the girl who sings it is built like
a Barbie Doll. She pulls a guy who's a Santa look-alike out of the audience
and puts a santa hat on him and sings to him. I actually think they scoured
the crowd outside of the American Adventure Rotunda where they performed
back then ahead of time to "recruit" a Santa plant for each set.
 
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Doc wrote:
Thank god. Crosby and Sinatra were two of the most over-rated singers
of all

Seeing as you are on such a critic's rampage, I hope you won't mind me
saying your karaoke horn blowin' ain't exactly to die for. I'll do you a
favor and abstain from commenting on the vocal.
 
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"Doc" <docsavage20@Xhotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Have Yourself A Merry Christmas by the Pretenders. I don't know when this
> was released but I just noticed it this year on our local station that's
> playing holiday music 24/7 through Christmas. Good god, this chick
couldn't
> hit a pitch with a truck, sounds like it was recorded in a karaoke bar.
It's
> so bad it's hilarious.


Welllll.... yea, her pitch is not great. I don't care. I really enjoy the
song. I am happy it was recorded pre autotune where some idiot would have
"fixed" everything and turned it into Celene Dion.

That said, I'm not really a fan of her... I don't like all that many of her
tunes. I think that song is one of her best moments.
 
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Robin Chandler wrote:

> Karen Carpenter sings like a bird, she needed better material and more
> food.

Amen.

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> Crosby and Sinatra were two of the most over-rated singers of all
> time and that recording deserves none of the popularity it's enjoyed.
> Sinatra's chops were mediocre at best and folded completely by 1955.

Nobody ever had to _tell_ me what a great singer Frank Sinatra was. He reached
his peak in the '50s and early '60s, after which he went into an obvious
decline, his voice losing much of its beauty and control.

No one -- NO ONE -- has ever interpreted popular song as well as Sinatra.

Next you'll be telling us Fred Astaire was an over-rated dancer.

PS: Regardless of what you think of Bing Crosby, he had a profound influence on
the popular songs were sung.
 

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"Joe Sensor" <crabcakes@emagic.net> wrote in message
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> Doc wrote:
> Thank god. Crosby and Sinatra were two of the most over-rated singers
> of all
>
> Seeing as you are on such a critic's rampage, I hope you won't mind me
> saying your karaoke horn blowin' ain't exactly to die for. I'll do you a
> favor and abstain from commenting on the vocal.

Nope, don't mind a bit. What my hobbyist website sounds like doesn't alter
that Crosby and Sinatra were overrated hacks with less than favorable
tendencies as human beings.

:)
 
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Mike Rivers wrote:

> slinky_silkworm writes:

> > Nobody can sing White Xmas like Bing.

> Ernest Tubb (who recorded it before Bing)

Whatever Ernest sang, nobody could sing it like him. <g>

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In article <10t03blop0ork63@corp.supernews.com> williams@nwlink.com writes:

> PS: Regardless of what you think of Bing Crosby, he had a profound influence on
> the popular songs were sung.

Not only that, but his money (and interest in being able to record his
live radio shows for later broadcast) went a long way toward bringing
tape recording technology out of the lab and into the studio.

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"William Sommerwerck" <williams@nwlink.com> wrote in message
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> No one -- NO ONE -- has ever interpreted popular song as well as Sinatra.

Well, that must be it. Now we all know that Sinatra was the pinnacle, the
end-all, be-all of all history when it comes to popular song.

Can you say misguided hyperbole boys and girls?

His fellow Rat-Packer Sammy Davis had more singing talent in his glass eye
than Sinatra ever dreamed of. No doubt you're going to come back with some
quote from Sammy about how "Sinatra taught me everything I know" or some
similar politically motivated statement he might have made, that didn't
actually happen to be true.

>Next you'll be telling us Fred Astaire was an over-rated dancer.

Dunno about that but I think he was overrated as a singer.

Sorry, I've never gotten excited about Sinatra, even in his so-called prime.
Anything after about the mid 50's I find unlistenable. He was the most
slickly packaged singer of his era but far from the most talented. Ray
Eberle, Ed Ames, Dick Haymes, Dino, Billy Eckstine, Jack Jones, Sammy Davis,
Vaughn Monroe, the young Tony Bennett before his pipes turned to leather,
among others were all far better singers. As is always the case, I have no
doubt there were legions of unheralded coulda-beens that never garnered
great fame who were also better. Sinatra had at best a passable timbre
without much power when he was very young and when that was gone, he had
nothing left but mob connections, good marketing, hype and excellent bands
full of musicians he was mostly qualified to serve coffee to, to keep his
name alive.

Well, let me modify that. I do think he had talent as an actor. I enjoy him
far more in movies than as a singer.
 
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>> No one -- NO ONE -- has ever interpreted popular song as well as Sinatra.

> Well, that must be it. Now we all know that Sinatra was the pinnacle,
> the end-all, be-all of all history when it comes to popular song.

> Can you say misguided hyperbole boys and girls?

My opinion is based simply on listening to Sinatra. No one else -- except
perhaps Ella Fitzgerald -- has ever gotten "inside" a lyric the way he did. What
can I say if you don't hear this? It should be "obvious" to anyone. (Shouldn't
it?)


>> Next you'll be telling us Fred Astaire was an over-rated dancer.

> Dunno about that, but I think he was overrated as a singer.

Not by the people who wrote his songs. Despite his having an untrained and
slightly "croaky" voice, they loved the way he delivered them.


> Sorry, I've never gotten excited about Sinatra, even in his so-called prime.
> Anything after about the mid 50's I find unlistenable. He was the most
> slickly packaged singer of his era but far from the most talented. Ray
> Eberle, Ed Ames, Dick Haymes, Dino, Billy Eckstine, Jack Jones, Sammy
> Davis, Vaughn Monroe, the young Tony Bennett before his pipes turned to
leather,

Vaughn Monroe? Robert Goulet's godfather? "Watch as I drop this RCA radio in its
shatterproof case from the top of this ladder..."


> among others were all far better singers. As is always the case, I have no
> doubt there were legions of unheralded coulda-beens that never garnered
> great fame who were also better. Sinatra had at best a passable timbre
> without much power when he was very young and when that was gone,
> he had nothing left but mob connections, good marketing, hype and
> excellent bands full of musicians he was mostly qualified to serve coffee to,
> to keep his name alive.

I think your problem is that you don't like Sinatra as a person, and I can't
blame you for that.


> Well, let me modify that. I do think he had talent as an actor. I enjoy him
> far more in movies than as a singer.

No argument. At his best he was a highly convincing actor.
 
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I think the highlight of that type of singing, is the Nelson Riddle albums,
if Sinatra sounded like a frog,
they would still be great!
Fred Astaire was not a singer, and he could deliver a song! I love Ella for
her pitch, but not as much for her delivery, and then there's Billy Holiday.
Oh yeah, I forgot, no punch-ins allowed!
And then there's Rod Stewart..........lol.
Tom






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> >> No one -- NO ONE -- has ever interpreted popular song as well as
Sinatra.
>
> > Well, that must be it. Now we all know that Sinatra was the pinnacle,
> > the end-all, be-all of all history when it comes to popular song.
>
> > Can you say misguided hyperbole boys and girls?
>
> My opinion is based simply on listening to Sinatra. No one else -- except
> perhaps Ella Fitzgerald -- has ever gotten "inside" a lyric the way he
did. What
> can I say if you don't hear this? It should be "obvious" to anyone.
(Shouldn't
> it?)
>
>
> >> Next you'll be telling us Fred Astaire was an over-rated dancer.
>
> > Dunno about that, but I think he was overrated as a singer.
>
> Not by the people who wrote his songs. Despite his having an untrained and
> slightly "croaky" voice, they loved the way he delivered them.
>
>
> > Sorry, I've never gotten excited about Sinatra, even in his so-called
prime.
> > Anything after about the mid 50's I find unlistenable. He was the most
> > slickly packaged singer of his era but far from the most talented. Ray
> > Eberle, Ed Ames, Dick Haymes, Dino, Billy Eckstine, Jack Jones, Sammy
> > Davis, Vaughn Monroe, the young Tony Bennett before his pipes turned to
> leather,
>
> Vaughn Monroe? Robert Goulet's godfather? "Watch as I drop this RCA radio
in its
> shatterproof case from the top of this ladder..."
>
>
> > among others were all far better singers. As is always the case, I have
no
> > doubt there were legions of unheralded coulda-beens that never garnered
> > great fame who were also better. Sinatra had at best a passable timbre
> > without much power when he was very young and when that was gone,
> > he had nothing left but mob connections, good marketing, hype and
> > excellent bands full of musicians he was mostly qualified to serve
coffee to,
> > to keep his name alive.
>
> I think your problem is that you don't like Sinatra as a person, and I
can't
> blame you for that.
>
>
> > Well, let me modify that. I do think he had talent as an actor. I enjoy
him
> > far more in movies than as a singer.
>
> No argument. At his best he was a highly convincing actor.
>
 

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"Tommy B" <mrtomm@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> And then there's Rod Stewart..........lol.

Okay, there's someone I prefer Sinatra to. Isn't there some law against
doing what Stewart did to the standards?
 
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