Sunday, December 20, 2009

FSOTD #55/Little Saint Nick (1963)

The Beach Boys can claim many fine songs, but somehow, none better than their Christmas song "Little Saint Nick".  A great song for a great band at the right time.  It was 1963 and The Beach Boys sat atop the American rock scene, just beginning their battle with the Beatles.   Smartly written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson, "Little Saint Nick" is reminiscent of their 1963 hit "Little Deuce Coupe" and captures the band at its finest.  At 2 minutes long, it's near perfect.   And according to the wiki article, it reached #3 on the "Christmas charts".  You don't hear much about those anymore.  Both Hanson and Sugar Ray, among others, have recorded covers.
Perhaps you're a lover of seasonal songs?  Another fine rock-Christmas tune from a big time band is Chicago's version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".   The song is all Christmas but yet so 100% Chicago that it'll bring a smile to your face.  You'll find it on the band's Christmas album -what else- Chicago XXV.

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