I want to be in charge of the music

There was a certain amount of Christmas shopping over the weekend, and I have to say the music was over the top this year. Or maybe I’m just getting more sensitive. In any event, it was driving me nuts.

So, I decided that I want to be in charge of the music from now on. And here is the playlist for the remainder of the holiday season:


This Train Revised

Land Of Canaan

1 2 3


Shame On You

Closer to fine

World Falls

That is all. Have a nice day.


  1. #1 Brian X
    December 13, 2009

    I’ve never thought very highly of the Indigo Girls — always found them preachy and insufferably bland. “Shame On You” is irresistible though — both catchy and funny.

  2. #2 Erin R
    December 13, 2009


  3. #3 Greg Laden
    December 13, 2009


  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 13, 2009

    Ok, you’re not banned. But you should know that this list of songs are all the non-preachy and really good ones. There are three additional covers they do as well which could be added to this list to get the Best of the Indigo Girls according to Greg.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    December 13, 2009

    All Along The Watchtower

    Down By the River

    Tangled up in Blue

  6. #6 Evan
    December 13, 2009

    OMG yes, you have to ban Brian.

  7. #7 Irene
    December 13, 2009

    This is an excellent list.

  8. #8 Steph
    December 13, 2009

    I have seen a couple of these live! My favorite.

  9. #9 Val
    December 13, 2009

    This Train Revised is especially appropriate for the season. In a darkly cynical sort of way.

  10. #10 Laurie
    December 14, 2009

    I used to work at a shopping mall that had a three hour tape loop of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tunes. It played from mid November to New Year’s day. Before that year, I didn’t have strong feelings about Mannheim Steamroller. I do now. The word “loathe” comes to mind easily.

    Indigo Girls or nearly anything else, would have been a welcome change.

  11. #11 Donna B.
    December 14, 2009

    I don’t care who’s in charge of the music as long as I’m in charge of the volume 🙂

  12. #12 D. C. Sessions
    December 14, 2009

    What? You don’t like “Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire?”

  13. #13 Jon Bon Jovi
    December 14, 2009

    Greg – Everybody wants to be in charge of the music 😉

  14. #14 Greg Laden
    December 14, 2009

    JBJ: I know, I know.

    Hey you guys were great on Conan the other night!

  15. #15 withheld
    December 14, 2009

    Hey, you even picked my wife’s (Galileo) and my (World Falls) favorite songs! I’ll vote for you to be in charge.

  16. #16 Shawn Smith
    December 14, 2009

    At least you don’t have family members who insist on listening to the local 100% Christmas/Holiday music station all the time you are home. It has become yet another reason I fucking hate this time of year.

  17. #17 Bill James
    December 14, 2009

    Heh, LGBT marching music for the holidays… Why am I not surprised.

  18. #18 Stephanie Z
    December 14, 2009

    Because gay artists rock?

  19. #19 Pete Moulton
    December 14, 2009

    I didn’t see the obnoxious little drummer boy on your list, so you’ve got my vote, Greg.

  20. #20 Greg Laden
    December 14, 2009

    The drummer boy holds a special place on a special list. The drummer boy is why I wrote this post. The drummer boy needs to stop drumming. I can’t stand to LISTEN TO THE DRUMMER BOY ANY MORE!! I CAN’T STAND THE RUMPUMS!!!!! I CAN’T STAND THE RUMPUMS!!!! ARRRRRRGGGGGG!@!!!!!#32##

  21. #21 D. C. Sessions
    December 14, 2009

    Greg, there are certain stores that I keep track of for this time of year. Costco, for instance, doesn’t do store-wide music. Neither does Wal-Mart (there are compensations for their management being terminally stingy.) Trader Joes is another (and nicer than Wal-Mart in many ways.)

    Then there are the radio stations. Fortunately I have a pretty fair collection of CDs for car use, plus gizmos that let me plug my cellphone (with Pandora!!) into the car audio. It’s worth finding out which radio stations are naughty and which are nice; one reason I now listen to KSLX is precisely because they have a “no Christmas music” policy at the same time their main competitor pulled a “nothing but” stunt starting at the beginning of November two years ago (AAAAAaaaarrrrrrrhhhhh!!!!! indeed.)

    Or you can get stuff like “Twisted Christmas” as an antidote.

  22. #22 AtheistAnne
    December 15, 2009

    Try “christmas at Kmart” by the late great Root Boy Slim and His Sex Change Band.

    Xmas music is one reason I subscribe to satellite radio.