Thursday, December 18, 2003
I've heard the David Bowie and Bing Crosby rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" on the radio three times during this holiday season. Not on some ironic hipster doofi's college radio show, either, but on normal pop stations playing real life, serious Christmas music. Did I miss some cultural demarcation point here, where the Der Bingle/Ziggy Stardust duet officially switched from bizarre camp curiousity to genuine holiday classic? Will CBS start scheduling its December lineup around the Star Wars Holiday Special? Will Santa's traditional garb be replaced with a Stroh's mesh hat and a "ALMOST HEAVEN NEW JERSEY" vintage t-shirt? Dammit, people, Christmas is a time for serious, tasteful middlebrow entertainment. Save your smirkery for Valentine's Day or Columbus Day.