'Tis The Season: Run-D.M.C.'s Holiday Ode

Monday, December 21, 2009


If you've ever seen the action/holiday flick, Die Hard, (yes, it's a holiday film...) you know that there is a part in the film where Bruce Willis' limo driver starts blasting some music in the limo and Willis complains about the music and how it's not Christmas music, and the limo driver responds back jubilantly saying, "This is Christmas music!"  One will know the song he was blasting in the limo was indeed, Run-D.M.C.'s "Christmas In Hollis", which to me IS Christmas music. Okay, long winded memory to introduce this spotlight, but if there is a song that ranks as probably the most creative, fun and one-of-a-kind of Yultide tunes, it's this one.  Interesting enough, 13 years after its release in 2000, the song reached #78 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. "Christmas In Hollis" first appeared on 1987's A Very Special Christmas (which also featured Madonna, Whitney Houston and The Pretenders), and continues to be one of those holiday hits, for even those who have a 'bah humbug' attitude for Christmas tunes.


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