Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ghost of Christmas Videos Past: The Kinks, "Father Christmas"

1977 was the year the Sex Pistols released "Anarchy in the UK." Ever since the song has been on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, "Anarchy" - along with punk rock - has lost its edge tremendously. Jazz is no longer hip, punk no longer dangerous.

So in retrospect Hall and Oates's "Rich Girl" and The Kinks' "Father Christmas" (both from 1977) are two of the most acid-tongued songs in pop history.

Like "Rich Girl," "Father Christmas" is less about class war and more about class resentment. The snide remark "Give all the toys to the little rich boys" packs more of a wallop than "I wanna destroy passersby" ever will. Above all, even the rich college students or hipsters can relate to the chorus: "Father Christmas, give us some money." Read: Mom and Dad, gimme me money so I can go get fucked up with my friends the day after Christmas.

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