OF COURSE I COULDN’T DO THIS SERIES without posting a song from my all-time favorite band of all-time, Cheap Trick. They just released their first Christmas album, Christmas Christmas, featuring covers of some great, rocking Christmas songs (as well as a sublime version of “Silent Night” – Robin Zander STILL has one of the greatest voices ever) and three very cool originals.
One of the covers is a cool, inspired choice: a song that first was heard on Saturday Night Live, “I Wish It Was Christmas Today.” You might remember the video, starring Horatio Sanz (who also wrote the song), Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Kattan (whatever happened to him?). Cheap Trick takes this fun pop ditty and of course puts a rock sheen on it. Up-tempo and storming guitars and just a lot of fun. I loved it back on SNL and I love this version, too.