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Hark! Angels Rock on High

Legbamel Not-Pop

Every holiday season I look for non-traditional versions of carols that make me smile or at least laugh at their bizarrity. Today I've taken my two favorite Christmas carols and done just that for you, dears. The swooping strains of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was always the relief one needed from dirge-like renditions of Silent Night and psychotically happy tripe like Jingle Bells. And Angels We Have Heard on High makes me think fondly of my crazy Latin teacher in high school. The soaring pair of songs fly over the usual holiday fare and sound like they were actually written for people who M=can sing.

That's why the Bob Dylan versions of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing landed at first on the list today. I dare you not to laugh at his mush-mouth attempts, I double-dog dare you! As for the rest, well, they're mostly just for fun. I imagine singing the carols this way in a church setting which just amps up the entertainment value. The Reliant K version of Angels We Have Heard on High I included not because it's funny (which was what I expected from them) but because it's actually quite good...and fun. If you've a favorite rocked-out Christmas carol, please do share it with me. I'm always looking for more ways to torture my co-workers over the holiday season.

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