Following the success of our holiday playlist feature in summer comes our guide to the top Christmas tunes. As soon as December begins the same tired, old, and most alarmingly shit songs get pulled out every year. In order to combat this we bring you only the very best Christmas songs.
Matthew Thiessen is best known as a founding member and lead singer of American poprock/punk band Relient K, responsible for such minor hits as ‘Be My Escape‘, and ‘Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been‘. Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes represents an occasional side project from him, and it is under this moniker that we are brought today’s popfoolish pick from 2007.
Words that best describe ‘I Hate Christmas Parties’ are melancholy, mild depression and social exclusion. The song’s simple composition and intelligent use of minimal instrumentation produce a song that is sublime and suave. It sounds like a Jens Lekman song and we consider that high praise indeed. It really is a fresh and compelling Christmas related song.
But how will it score in the battle against our world famous popfoolish criteria…?
References to snow/winter/fire/cold in lyrics? A measley 2. 2/10
Sleigh bells present? Only by their absence. 0/10
Other dodgy Christmas sound effects? None. 0/10
Christmas themed lyrics? Yes, the main chorus references an ’empty tree’, which is a forlorn image. ‘Christmas’ itself is discussed lots, as are ‘Christmas parties.’ 8/10
RATING: A fantastic alternative to add to the Christmas playlist, but despite this, the song can only score 10/40 against our criteria.
Ultimate Christmas Playlist
‘I Hate Christmas Parties’ – Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes – 10