Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Days of Holiday Hipster Music: Day 8

On the 8th day of Hipster Christmas my true love gave to me Thom Stone and The Grinch.

Thom Stone is a Manchester, England based singer/songwriter that comes from the same community that has given us Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and various other polite British folks stars. But more important than his musical relationships is his wonderful soulful voice. It's so deep that you can fall into and just float for awhile. This month he released, "I Can't Spend Christmas Alone", which is available as a single on his bandcamp page.

And since I started with a song you probably haven't heard of, let's switch gears and move to one that you have of. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch was written for the 1966 cartoon special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas, lyrics of course, were written by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Giesel), the music was composed by Albert Hague and it was sung by  Thurl Ravenscroft, who was also the deep voice behind Tony the Tiger.  "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," is classic, one you must, must turn up on the rare occasion that it comes on any of their radio stations that play holiday music. It also gives you plenty of adjectives to use in your head about the mean people in your life: You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce! There are at least 35 different cover versions of the song, but like most things, the original outshines them all.

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