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Alice Cooper Knows How to Record a Christmas Song 

If you're anything like me, you despise Christmas music. Naturally, the annoying songs are everywhere these days: the mall, cafes, bookstores, the doctor. Still, every once in awhile, a Christmas song breaks through that doesn't make me want to pull out my hair. Enter Alice Cooper's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." If you're not familiar, the song is included on the album We Wish You A Metal XMas...And A Headbanging New Year! In addition to Cooper, the album also includes songs by Geoff Tate ("Silver Bells"), Stephen Pearcy ("Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer") and Lemmy Kilmister ("Run Rudolph Run").

Here's the Alice Cooper tune. Let me know your thoughts.

Reader Comments (9)

This is much better than 99% of any Xmas music I’ve heard, but it doesn’t make me want to rush out and buy the album. I would love to hear “Run, Run Rudolph” performed by Lemmy & Bill Gibbons from the album though!

I still say the only Xmas album worth owning is “Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag” by James Brown.
December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean
I usually go to Trans Siberian Orchestra for "all my Christmas music needs".That being said, Alice's version is rockin'! How this man is not in the Rock and Roll hall of fame yet is beyond me.He pretty much wrote the book on the shock rock genre....
December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I love this version of the song.
Mind you, Cooper really does make everything he sings/performs awesome.

I second the question on why he's not in the RRHOF. Mind you, Madonna's in there, before even Deep Purple,'s not the most legit place.
December 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:D
Hey, XXXMas Metal Kidz!!!

I'm b-a-a-a-a-c-k!!! from South Beach, Miami! The highlight of my trip was drivin' my fuel injected White '76 Caddy Eldorado Convertible 90 mph standing up while crossing the causeway with Gunfire 76 cranked at full volume!

The low point was rippin' the external fuel pump off the frame from flyin' 70 mph over some train tracks after racin' out to drop some chick (not a metal chick, either, which sux!) off at the airport.

Anyway, I missed y'all and I'm sure you were losing sleep wondering where I went (Yeah, right. Hahaha!!!!) Had some problems flying back to my computer because my copper mesh cape malfunctioned so I had to take the Greyhound back to the West Coast of Florida but I'm here and it's great to be back in the safe (hahaha!!!) haven of, the best Metal site around, bar none (some are pretty good, but still can't top Al and all the Heavy Metal Kidz on here!).

So, without further ado, onto the subject at hand... Alice Cooper's version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is totally killer! Everything about it is great including his signature vocal stylings, but the guitars are totally rockin', done with his classic 80's "Trash" era Glam Metal sound we have all come to know and love.

I've got the "We Wish You A Metal Xmas" album this is from and also "Have a Hairy Metal Xmas" and all the Trans Siberian Orchestra albums. And I've got a bunch of other Metal and Rock and Roll Holiday Music.

Here's a few listed below including my fave Rock and Roll Xmas song of all time at #13...

1) Mistress For Christmas, AC/DC
2) Little Drummer Boy, Joan Jett
3) Silent Night, The Dickies
4) (It's Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas, The Ravers
5) Johnny Died On Christmas, Nitro
6) Christmas With The Devil, Spinal Tap
7) Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Twisted Sister
8) What Child Is This?, Halford
9) Little Drummer Boy, Bing Crosby & David Bowie
10) Winter Wonderland, Stryper
11) Come On Christmas, Cheap Trick
12) Run Rudolf Run, Keith Richards
13) Father Christmas, The Kinks

If anyone has some faves beyond these and the stuff on those comps I've mentioned, pleez post 'em on here so I can check 'em out. Thanx!

As far as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame goes, let's not forget what the Sex Pistols think of that travesty. If you'll recall, they let it be known via a statement refusing to accept their own induction, saying The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame "is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine."

That said, I'm glad to see we've finally got some more Glam artists, Kiss, and Iggy Pop as nominees for induction, but it is totally ridiculous Alice isn't in already, either. And no matter what you think of Madonna, it was pretty cool and a real statement on what she thought of her own induction in 2008, when she chose to have Iggy Pop perform "Like A Virgin" in her place, clearly sending the dual message...

First, it's a sham Iggy hasn't been inducted yet and, second, she believes he's more worthy of induction than she, herself. She knows she ain't Rock and Roll! And, :D, you are right, it's ridiculous Deep Purple isn't in.

Both Deep Purple or Iggy should have gotten in way before neophytes (and borefests), Metallica (hahaha!!! C'mon, Metallica's a joke, f*ckers! I've got all their sh*t and, as I've gone on record before, I feel for Hetfield and Kirk Hammfist, as they have been sandwiched between jerks like Lars Ulrich and Bob Rock for years.

Gotta say, I'm jealous of Gary. I'm dyin' to see Trans Siberian Orchestra (though, as I've mentioned before, I saw 'em when they were Savatage back in the day).

Long Live Rock & Roll!

p.s. Just saw Bon Jovi on Saturday Night Live. Not entirely bad, if you go for that sort of thing but what's with that keyboardist's hair?! Yikes, that guy looks like a doof. I also just saw the rerun of That Metal Show with Peter Criss. Now there's a huge talent (Hey, who wrote Kiss's biggest hit, "Beth"?). And I'm watchin' the Blackee Lawless episode. Another killer talent. How come they don't let artists perform on this show? It would just make it all the more incredible!
December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
The Coop is very awesome, and does that song justice. I've got it on the HRN playlist for next week. I'm also digging the new Halford Xmas record. It's surprisingly good and very heavy.

One of my favorite holiday hard rockers is Gary Hoey. His instrumental records are a must-have, whether they are Christmas-themed or not. I love "Linus and Lucy" (which was not on any of the Ho Ho Hoey albums). Gary is going to be on Hard Rock Nights next week.
December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Thanx, JT! I'm gonna check all of this stuff out! Hey, man, for some laffs check out what I wrote about Smiley Vyrus on one of Al's recent previous posts here...

I see you dropped a comment there, too, so I thought you might get a kick out of it, also...
December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy!, I love reading your comments. You are a true nut, and we need a few more nuts in the world. Keep rockin' bro. \,,/
December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
JT! Appreciate the fact that you appreciate that I'm a nut. Just remember, it's Metal that makes me nuts! And I love being a Metal Nut! And I love your comments and recommendations throughout the threads since I've gotten on here and seen your name. And thanks for the \,,/, bro... I'm always looking for stuff new and different and people like you never fail to deliver such intriguing subjects...
December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Dude I love this!! I totally agree with you on Metallica. I heard a new song from them and thought it was some other band. James.. sounded like he was trying...anyway... Here is a song for you to look up> "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" By the Ramones. The video is funny but the song rocks.
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoroWarrior

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