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Say It Isn’t So

flaming lips say it isn't so

Music informs more of this blog than I let on. When poor MTM met me, my biggest collection of music was of the Christmas variety: crooners, classical, swing, alternative. You name it; I have it.

For the balance of the month of December, I’m going to chronicle Christmas songs in my collection. Yeah, I’ve done it before.

So what?

Some will be repeats, and others will be brand new.

And, there’s something in it for YOU.

If you comment on this blog during this series, you have a shot at winning a either Christmas or a Crooner CD. Twelve chances in all. The more you comment, the greater your chance to win. Blog comments only.

Now.

Say It Isn’t So.

The Flaming Lips. I’d never heard of them before MTM and I merged our music collection. I pulled out one of his CD’s.

“Surely, we can get rid of this one, MTM? I mean, The Flaming Lips? Isn’t that code for some dread sphincter ailment???”

MTM rolled his eyes and threw a disc into the jaws of the CD player. When he mashed “ON,” I put my fingers in my ears. I guess it’s fitting that he bought me a CD that included a Christmas ditty by one of his favorite bands.

Enjoy The Flaming Lips. Say It Isn’t So. (If you cannot see the video due to copyright issues, click here and give it another try.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOcqU3ks50Y

Does someone in your life just love a Christmas song that you can’t stand? What is it?

75 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ahahaha…Flaming Lips and you immediately thought of the nether regions :P It could also be lips after eating lots of chillies! But…then again…it would still apply to that other pair..of lips ;)
    Listening to the Flaming Lips as I do blog reading..

    December 5, 2013
  2. I am the boss of the Christmas music in our house. I’m the person they all hate :) I love the crooners, the carols, and have many, many versions of O Holy Night. I also have a soft spot for Suzy Snowflake and never Tango With an Eskimo.

    December 5, 2013
    • I need to go through my collection and see how many versions of the same song I have. O Holy Night might be right up there.

      December 5, 2013
  3. Ray #

    My sister that I am closest to (I have 8 sisters) truly HATES Nat King Cole’s “Chestnut’s Roasting on an Open Fire,” so EVERY chance I get I make sure during the month of December to call her and just sing that opening line…

    It’s become a tradition… LOL. !

    December 5, 2013
    • Hahaha. I love that song. I think I have two or three of his same version.

      December 5, 2013
      • Ray #

        Of course, being the pain in the ass brother I am, I usually sing, “Chet’s NUTS Roasting on an open fire.” I will forever be 11 years old.

        December 5, 2013
      • Hahahaha. Nothing at all wrong with that.

        December 5, 2013
  4. I listened to the song and the lyrics were pretty. But that song doesn’t have a chance against the music that comes with the any moving/singing stuffed animal that invades my home at Christmas. My mom loves these creatures and I used to make fun of her. Then I had a daughter who turns out to love them. Grandma is happy to oblige. My daughter also finds in enjoyable to play them (with different songs) at the same time. Ho ho ho!

    December 5, 2013
    • Singing stuffed animals might give me nightmares, Gina…… :)

      December 5, 2013
  5. I was never into the Flaming Lips as much as my contemporaries were, but that’s just a matter of preference. They have the “oh, you just don’t _get_ their music” crowd following them. Yeah, I friggin’ “get” the music; I’m just not interested in their output. The first time I heard the band was on Beavis and Butt-head, because of the song “She Don’t Use Jelly.”

    My father listens to The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album every single year, even at Thanksgiving. If I never hear “Little Saint Nick” again, it’ll be too soon.

    December 5, 2013
    • I’m sure I have Little Saint Nick somewhere. I doubt it will end up featured in my list. :)

      December 5, 2013
  6. andra, i think this is a great december post idea. i love christmas music too. my daughter introduced me to them a couple of years back and i’ve enjoyed the flaming lips too. funny christmas music thing i can think of – my 80 year old mother gifted my daughter who was in her 20′s a barry white christmas cd because her fiancé/now husband was african american. we howled, the album was actually pretty good, but so barry and sex-oozing, and so funny to picture my mom buying this and even just coming up with the idea in the first place. )

    December 5, 2013
    • OMG. Now you have me googling Barry White Christmas………..hahahahaha. Thank you.

      December 5, 2013
  7. Never heard of the flaming lips… sounds like the result of a 40KM bike ride without a gel saddle cover. Can’t say I’m particularly turned on (arhum) by this – the poor man sounds like he’s in serious pain all the way through the song. PF has a really (I mean REALLY) cheesy Christmas music CD that makes me feel like I’m stuck beside the tannoy in a Walmart store. My favourite Christmas song is the exceedingly inappropiate one by The Goodies, but PF has banned it from family gatherings: “Father Christmas, do not touch me”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3AphnJLbE

    December 5, 2013
    • I always love doing these kinds of posts, because I discover things from other countries I’d never, ever heard of……..things that I just love. This is delightful. Thank you.

      December 5, 2013
  8. I liked it. A refreshing change from the mall dreck. I’m sure you must own the contemporary crooner, Michael Buble’s Christmas collection.

    December 5, 2013
    • I do not have it. MTM can barely put up with my Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr…………I usually play those when he isn’t home.

      December 5, 2013
  9. Don’t know why I hate it, since it is one of those “beloved” Christmas classics, but I can’t stand The Little Drummer Boy. Biggest problem with that is that Nancy loves it. So she wants to turn it up and I want to turn it off. We compromise with my rendition – the pirate version. All of the “rum pa pum pum”s are replaced with “rum rum rum rum”!!! :)

    December 5, 2013
    • Me. Again. The Little Drummer Boy isn’t my favorite, either, but, heard an interesting version of it last Sunday, with a unique drum beat (drummer played with the Ides of March) that was upbeat, offbeat, and different. He got an ovation – and this was in church. No rum for communion, though.

      December 5, 2013
    • MTM just stopped me from buying an acapella version by Pentatonix.

      I like the video because it looks like it was filmed in Runyon Canyon in LA, the place where I climbed a mountain in a dress by accident and saw Vin Diesel running.

      December 5, 2013
      • I don’t know why but this video (the people in it) terrifies me.

        December 5, 2013
      • The song might be ok, but those singers with their hand movements creep me out!!

        December 6, 2013
  10. I’ve never heard of the flaming lips. Listened to the song and the sentiment is okay but I think I’d flip the channel if it came on the radio. The Christmas song that makes me crazy is the one about those damned shoes. Maybe I’m just a cynic.

    December 5, 2013
    • Jill Clary Stevenson #

      That song about the shoes makes me cry every time I hear it. When the opening notes waft across the radio waves, I immediately turn the station!

      December 5, 2013
    • I cannot STAND that shoes song. I’m right there with you.

      December 5, 2013
  11. Well, at work we have been listening to Christmas music for about 3 weeks now on XM. Sadly, we hear the same 10-12 songs a day and it may be pushing me over. Right now it’s a Bruce Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is coming to Town” It’s terrible.

    December 5, 2013
    • I wish I could stream my collection, Shannon. We could probably listen to the whole thing between now and Christmas without too many repeats. :)

      December 5, 2013
      • That sounds wonderful. Maybe one day we’ll enjoy some holiday time together and you can share some with me. I am looking forward to your upcoming posts on them. :)

        December 5, 2013
  12. I’m not much for Christmas music, but I can dig the Flaming Lips. I also dig the crooners. Frank Sinatra, swing, Ozzie Osbourne…

    December 5, 2013
    • You might like my Yule Be Swingin’ Too Christmas collection………..

      December 5, 2013
  13. Not too crazy about this one, Andra. I tend toward the crooners, the folk singers, Pavoratti.
    I agree with lisaspiral about the shoe song.
    Oh, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Never liked that one, until I almost got run over by a snowplow.

    December 5, 2013
    • I loved the Grandma song when I was little………..how did you almost get run over by a snowplow, Penny?

      December 5, 2013
      • I was crossing at a light, which was red for me to cross. We’d had some snow. There was a snowplow stopped at the light, right at the walkway. Two young guys in the cab. Driver must have shifted his foot, because, there I was, about to be scooped.

        lifeonthecutoff.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/mama-got-run-over-by-a-snowplow/

        December 5, 2013
  14. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    The Flaming Lips don’t do it for me. My current fav Christmas song (this week) is from “Mame” – “We Need a Little Chrismtas” because, after all, we all need a little Broadway.

    December 5, 2013
  15. That’s hilarious!!! I’m with you there. My nephew loves the barking dogs Jingle Bells. Fun times. My favorite carol however is Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

    December 5, 2013
  16. Yay, I’m glad The Flaming Lips got to stay. :)

    December 5, 2013
    • He bought it as part of a CD I couldn’t get rid of. It actually contains my favorite Christmas song of all time, but that’s another post for another day. :)

      December 5, 2013
  17. OK. I was worried about the whole “christmas songs” thing, because, quite frankly, I hate a lot of lousy modern not-classical Christmas music. But I adore the Flaming lips.

    December 5, 2013
  18. Hearing “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano once is okay. It’s catchy and Jose sings it with grace and conviction. But a hundred times a week may be why there’s so much violence in America. And Flaming Lips is a habenero taco. Same kind of deal. One or two is just fine, good flavor, pleasant sensations, satisfying afterglow. More than that and I think you risk tissue damage.

    December 5, 2013
  19. MTM is right. Flaming Lips are solid. That’s one of their okay songs. I like a few others more.

    but lol at the sphincter comment

    December 5, 2013
  20. Her name was Yoshimi, darling, and she was a black belt in karate…. we met in a bar in Kyoto and battled Pink Robots while Waitin’ for Superman and Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell. She didn’t use jelly, but instead, preferred vaseline… perhaps to soothe those flaming lips you spoke of.
    Confused? Consult everyone’s favourite architect if you need help decoding my comment.

    December 5, 2013
    • Yes. Yes. We have that first one. It looks like someone designed the cover while on crack.

      December 5, 2013
  21. Carlos Ovalle #

    I despise the season of blatant consumerism and all its trimmings, music included. I don’t know much about the flaming lips* but to me the subtle undertones of the lyrics imply that we get generous and mushy this time of year and then go back to our normal greedy lives. A season of hypocrisy in other words? Can’t wait for this month to be over!

    *for the 40km flaming lips, there is women-specific chamois butter. Ask for it at your local bike shop.

    December 5, 2013
    • I try not to be greedy with MTM year-round, but I know what you mean. What’s hardest about him is that his birthday is the following month, and I have to figure out how to divide the few things between the two days, and there are certain things I cannot buy him (like anything related to bicycles) without him seeing it first. Surprising him is very hard and probably makes me a grouch from Thanksgiving to the end of January…….which is why I’ll probably end up with the sphincter cream you describe in my stocking this year.

      December 5, 2013
  22. The Flaming Lips are alright in small doses, but that right there may be the worst Christmas song of all time.

    December 5, 2013
  23. Phil makes up Christmas songs. Torture. And now his children do the same thing. “Who will help me decorate the tree, decorate the tree, decorate the tree, who will help me decorate the tree, and put up the baubles?”

    Ad infinitum. *Exasperated sigh*.

    December 5, 2013
    • You can certainly outsing them all, Kate. I’d bet on you over the three of them any day.

      December 6, 2013
  24. I’m listening now and I especially liked the reassuring phrase: It’s all going to work out just fine.

    Since I’m the boss of Christmas music at my house, I say a BIG NO to Little Drummer Boy.
    But, in all fairness, I did have to promise my family no more Jimi Hendrix’s Silent Night Medley.

    Also, apropos of nothing, I loved reading the line in which MTM mashes the on button. Made me feel at home. I love living in Colorado, but when I say mash the button or crack the window my non-southern husband makes fun of me:)

    December 5, 2013
    • Mashes is one of the most underrated words ever. MTM makes fun of me every time I say “Mash the button.” And I don’t freaking care. I’m glad I made you feel a little bit of Southern, Nancy. :)

      December 6, 2013
  25. I’m a theatre person. Many, many holidays have been spent working backstage on some show or another. My favorite was always “A Christmas Carol.” We’d start on Thanksgiving and run it just about to to Christmas. Some of my favorite Christmas memories involve dark blue stage lights, and moving large set pieces while actors all around me in velvets and furs were singing traditional English Carols. So, those are now my favorites. Every time I hear “The Holly and the Ivy” or “Three Ships” I am transported.

    December 5, 2013
    • It’s so funny how shows can get under one’s skin. I still hear music from shows I’ve been in, and I am immediately in character. I totally get that.

      December 6, 2013
  26. Well, without wanting to offend MTM…I can honestly say I listened to the whole thing waiting…and hoping…but, NADA. Sorry, MTM! I did like the commentary at the beginning when he was asking everyone if they were ready and when he said that, “Everything is going to work out just fine” – THAT was good! LOL.

    December 5, 2013
    • If only he had stopped talking at the beginning, everything would’ve worked out just fine. Ha.

      December 6, 2013
  27. tarakianwarrior #

    I looked…I do not have any Christmas music. None. Zilch. Nada. No, I’m not asking for a pity vote – your blog just got me to wonder about it…not one. Too funny.

    December 5, 2013
    • Well, maybe you will win one of the six Christmas CD’s from this comment, and you will curse me forever for sending you your first batch of Christmas music.

      December 6, 2013
  28. I know nothing of the Flaming Lips, but I did just download Pentatonix’s Christmas CD. I love their voices. I don’t think there are any Christmas songs I absolutely hate, but I do love the classics like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer ;-)

    December 5, 2013
  29. I love All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth. Katherine loathes it

    December 5, 2013
  30. I was going to say that I probably had the MOST Christmas music. I’ve been collecting for a very, very long time…that would give me a big head start. But I hear something new all the time that tells me I’m not yet through collecting. Tonight in the car I heard a nice version of Martina McBride and Dean Martin singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” It’s been around awhile, and I hadn’t heard it. But as I was singing along, I thought of you. I always think of you when Dino is in the house! :-)

    December 6, 2013
    • And, you made me think of him, Debra. In a very round about way. :)

      December 6, 2013
  31. I HATE Christmas music but for YOU I am going to tentatively listen to the Flaming Lips but I have never heard of them.

    I am much happier in the arms of : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGG2qYxp1kc

    December 6, 2013
    • Nothing wrong with hating Christmas music. I don’t know why I like it so much…….okay, yes I do. Because, I have always, always, always loved Christmas. I used to plan to capture Santa Claus for months. I even ran practice drills in the middle of the night (get out of bed without squeaking; sneak around house in dark without bumping into things; reach back door, because I was convinced that was where he came in; etc.) It’s still magic to me, in spite of what we’ve done to it.

      December 6, 2013
      • I used too Andra. Things change but I am not
        Scrooge yet : )

        December 7, 2013
  32. napperscompanion #

    One name: Johnny Mathis! Peace, Johnny Coleman

    December 7, 2013
  33. Mark has several albums of deep cuts of Goth Christmas. With perhaps two tracks excepted, I loathe the lot of it. I can’t even stomach it for the irony.

    December 9, 2013

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