This Is Real. This is Happening. And the Legacy of ‘Grease’ Is Ruined Forever

John Travolta. Olivia Newton John. Soul patch.

Christmas is canceled.

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VIDEO: The Best ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Cover You’ll See All Year

I suppose we really shouldn’t be surprised to learn that when it comes to “All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah Carey, the best person to cover the song is… Mariah Carey. Check out the newest rendition of the holiday classic performed by Mariah, Jimmy Falon, The Roots, and some cute kids.

Izzz the best.

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Which Musical Number Did You Like Best from The ‘Community’ Christmas Special?

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There’s a chance that last night’s episode of Community may have been its last, and what better way to go out than by mocking shlock like Glee while simultaneously serving us up a bevy of amusing musical numbers?

After the jump, check out some of the best tunes and weigh in on which one you think reigned supreme… Continue reading

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British Soldiers Take On “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Guys, it’s been about fifteen minutes since I posted something about “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” I know what you’re thinking: why the long wait? Luckily, I can put you out of your misery. Today comes yet another viral video featuring Mariah’s seminal holiday tune, and this time it’s a lip synched rendition courtesy of Britain’s HMS Ocean, which is returning from deployment in Libya this month. Like the song itself, the video is so ebullient and cheesy that you can’t help smiling along. Also worth noting: this is the whitest warship crew of all time.

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A Better “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Video Option

I feel like all I’ve been doing this week has been posting about “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Well, here goes once again. Two spritely hoofers have put together a dance to the aforementioned song that can best be described as infectious. It’s cute, sweet, fun, and really impressive. This is far better than the latest Justin Bieber / Mariah mess (not to mention the grainy original video).

As a bonus after the jump, check out another dance routine that is far less choreographed. What it lacks in skill, however, it makes up for in silly goofiness…

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And Now The Inevitable Bieber/Mariah Christmas Video

A few days ago, I posed a question to the readers: who has ruined “All I Want For Christmas Is You” more — Michael Bublé or Justin Bieber. I suggested that the latter performer merely had his vocals slapped onto the classic Mariah track, but now comes an official music video of the “duet,” and as it turns out, Mariah is an active participant in the sullying of her own legacy. I can’t imagine why she would do this. I assume it’s a way for her to stay relevant, but personally, I like to think that the record label simply threatened to photograph the left side of her face.

Hey, at least Mariah shed that baby weight. Good for her.

Now excuse me while I satisfy my sudden compulsion to purchase a Nintendo 3DS at Macys.

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BIEBER VS. BUBLÉ: Who Ruins ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ More?

When it comes to Christmas music, there are few contemporary songs better than Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which was released just a shade over (gulp) seventeen years ago. The inimitable tune (co-written by B-Side Blog friend Walter Afanasieff) has been covered many times since its release, but this Holiday season, it has been sullied by not one but two very popular recording artists.

In one corner we have Michael Bublé, who trades out the song’s signature spunk for his own typical, jazzy blandness. The word “neutered” comes to mind. I don’t actually mind the arrangement, but Bublé’s voice (some call it velvety, I call it boring) really drains the recording of any life. Of course, I’m sure we’ll hear this version on many a TV drama soundtrack. I already anticipate Grey’s Anatomy chomping at the bit for the rights. I don’t love Bublé’s take on the song, but I can’t begrudge him for changing things up. I reluctantly dole out a smidgen of credit for showing some creativity.

In the other corner, we have Justin Bieber, who’s been copy and pasted into the Mariah Carey original. That’s right: same song, but now with 50% more Bieb. On the plus side, the spirit and arrangement of the track have been preserved. But on the major minus side, this feels like cheap coattail riding. Bieber is just piggybacking on Mariah’s hard work, which might be more offensive than Bublé sapping the song of its soul. Plus, let us not forget that for every second that Bieber is singing, Mariah is not. If Bieber is going to take on this vaunted classic, he should just do his own thing with his own arrangement instead of barging in on Mariah’s territory. This is HER song. She don’t need no help from no Hilary Swankish teen idol.

So, who ruins the song more? Michael Bublé, who is creative but boring, or Justin Bieber, who lets us enjoy the original but is altogether too intrusive? To help inform your thoughts, click through to the embedded songs for reference after the jump.

The floor is open.

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VIDEO: The Inevitable Justin Bieber Christmas Song, ‘Mistletoe,’ Arrives

It’s mid-October, and Christmas season has officially begun! Actually, it began in late September when I saw the first glimpses of Yuletide trinkets at Ikea, but I digress. The point is that musical genius Justin Bieber has released a Christmas song called “MIstletoe,” and the best way to describe it is Jason Mraz lite, except with more uses of the word “Shawty.” But the worst part of all is that it’s actually kiiiiind of catchy.

Nevertheless, the video, above, is a generic piece of work filled with Bieber, looking more Hilary Swankish than ever, spending most of his time standing on an empty street woefully underdressed as snow comes down. In fact, everyone in the video seems to be entirely too warm considering the wintry mix descending upon them. People, IT’S BELOW FREEZING. PUT A JACKET ON. Also the distinct lack of holiday sweaters (see the fashions of “Last Christmas”) is highly offensive.

I give this entry in the holiday oeuvre a distinct EH. What about you?

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