All music always acts like an attempt to tell "the truth" but the Blues - before it was watered down at least - did something far different - the Blues, at its best conveyed wisdom, which is much different from mere truth or fact.
John Lee Hooker had great wisdom...... he's seen some Christmas Blues and he's wasted.
Alex Chilton (re) started this holiday music thread 2019 edition and of all the complimentary things you can say about him - he is first and foremost one of the best singers in Rock history - period - maybe beyond Rock even.
If you've ever heard his astonishing vocal on "Nature Boy" you'll know how he can twist lines to a different effect in a way most can't think to even try. But here he sings a standard song straightforwardly - and no one could sing this better.
The great Kim Shattuck one of 2019's saddest obituaries with a typically wonderful and witty Christmas song - she has a deeper catalog of terrific songs than Courtney Love and Liz Phair combined - if you don't know her, well you don't read my posts I guess but it's not too late to pay tribute to her too.
Yeah, here's my beloved The Regrettes with their peppy, fun, teenage-ish poptacular take on a standard (though this song doesn't actually mention you know the birth of Jesus or Christmas at all........hmmmmmmmmmmmm).
XTC, under the pseudonym "The Three Wise Men", recorded this particularly well-crafted and very XTC-ish Christmas song. This is one of those songs that is so good, you wonder why they didn't just swap out the lyrics for one of their great singles.
Sofia Coppola's boyfriend in the 80s/90s was Steve McDonald of Redd Kross - they were fellow SoCal kids who knew their Punk Rock - that's Sofia (naked, masked) on the cover of their "Third Eye" album (Tyler !). This song is a Redd Kross specialty mocking/loving SoCal and Christmas in the sun.
The Supersuckers were one of the few bands genuinely playing Rock and Roll in the 90s - plenty of bands played Rock - but the Supersuckers played the "and roll" part when they were on their game and this Christmas song is appropriately raucous and roaring.
The Old 97s do a standard and they accentuate the religious aspect big time - the Son of God, the battle against Satan, it makes this song creepier than most other versions and kind of makes you wonder how Uncle Tupelo missed out on this cover.