Look – there’s no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it’s December.
And so, in 2015, we’re sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.
Sunday, December 20th: “Little Drummer Boy” by The Dandy Warhols
Here in Portland, the Dandy Warhols annual Christmas spectacular is a big deal. Recently, Portland Monthly sought to answer, “W hy Have the Dandy Warhols Become Synonymous With Christmas in Portland ?” (In short: the band likes it.)
This version of “Little Drummer Boy,” now more than twenty years old, sounds as fresh today as a when it came out, which was already three decades older even then. It’s trippy, it’s poppy, it’s drone-y, it’s festive, and one of the only versions of this song that actually works. (We like yours. too, Beck).
Ba ba ba ba ba > pa rum pum pum pum, forever.