I know that it’s not Christmas time but I was watching an old episode of “The Larry Sanders Show” and Rip Torn’s character mentioned 100 proof everclear and it reminded me of this.
They didn’t write this song and it wasn’t original but they did this song in a TV spot for a large retailer during the 1998 Christmas season. This was always one of my favorite Christmas songs and to hear the hard rock version of the song really framed the 1998 Christmas season for me. In fact, I would go as far as to say this was the anthem for my holiday season that year. Indeed, I even find myself searching for the video on youtube during the Christmas seasons every year. This little piece created a tradition for me of sorts.
I’m not sure if it’s the mysterious dark glasses he wears, the fact that he has an energy that is simultaneously creepy and cool but this song of his really speaks to me.
I love this piece because it has a little sci-fi imagery mixed with political messaging. Ostensibly, I can just take the song for what it’s worth as kind of a jazzy, bluesy, new-agey piece of loveliness. Regardless of the intended message, this is a classic, unique piece.
T. Bone Burnett is also probably one of the most talented musicians you’ve never heard of. And get this: his record label is not paying me to say that! I gave him some free pub because he’s just that good which is a concept that is extinct in today’s blogosphere. Why are you still reading my seemingly ceaseless prattling? Get on iTunes and download some T. Bone Burnett! Go on! Scoot!