Ditch the Bells, It's Time for a New Jingle

Chronicle compiles list of reworked holiday faves
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2008 7:46 PM CST

(Newser) – Chestnuts may still be roasting on an open fire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t refresh your Christmas playlist. The San Francisco Chronicle compiles a list of new twists on old favorites to help you give the jingle bells a rest:

  • Sufjan Stevens, "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!"
  • The Pretenders, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
  • Marvin Gaye, "Purple Snowflakes."

  • Erran Baron Cohen—better known as Borat’s brother—modernizes old songs in "Songs in the Key of Hanukkah."
  • Tony Bennett brings his inimitable “cocktail-lounge swagger” to "A Swinging Christmas."
  • And leave it to Enya, in "And Winter Came," to bring “drama and weirdness” to the holidays. “Plus, it makes a great present for someone you secretly hate.”