Five Christmas songs to enjoy that you don’t hear on the radio

Locally Epic is diving into the world of Christmas music. Yes, even with two stations playing holiday tunes non-stop in the Upstate, here are five songs we feels should be played more. So when you get tired of Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph and Frosty, give these bad boys a try.

5: Billy Squier’s Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You: Long before his career was derailed by releasing the Rock Me Tonight video, there were few cooler people than Billy Squier in the early 1980s. An interesting fact about this Christmas song is that it was a B-side. A b-side to “My Kind of Lover.”  Only Squier could be so bold in the 1980s. Check it out here (with some help from the early MTV staff).

4: The Kinks’ Father Christmas: Ok, this one will get some airplay during the holidays, but not nearly enough. For every 10 times you hear Wham, you will hear this one. That is a British holiday music imbalance of epic proportions. What can you say about Father Christmas that hasn’t been said. It has an amazing guitar riff, very meaningful lyrics on poverty and a shout-out chorus. And if you watch the video, one gets the feeling the Kinks weren’t quite sober when they did this.

3: Bryan Adams’ Reggae Christmas:  As much as we like Adams’ cover of “Run, Run Rudolph,” this is his best Christmas song of all time. Fun and funky. Plus the video has Pee Wee Herman.

2: The Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping: This was always a song that seemed to be played on Christmas Eve only, but it is starting to get some more airplay in recent years. That is a good thing, but I want more. The song is a great piece of new wave nostalgia from an underrated band that is forgotten as a novelty act (I Know What Boys Want).

1: Cheech and Chong’s Santa Claus and his Old Lady: Christmas is not really Christmas until Cheech and Chong doing this spoken word rendition of the story of Santa. Actually Cheech is telling the story because Chong apparently never heard of Santa Claus because he grew up in Pittsburgh.  Plus the horn-drive musical outro is sweet.