25 Christmas Things: Day 1 – Cee Lo’s Grinch

Yup, I’m going to go on a Christmas run this year. I’m feeling merry. So tune in every day for a new song or movie scene or book or video or whatever, plus my expert commentary in written form. Get into the Christmas spirit!

Ok, so the video has very little to do with Christmas other than that it features some ladies and gentlemen walking around a grocery store dressed up as Santa. It feels a little low rent for a song that seems like a bad idea on the surface but turns out to be a truly great rendition of a classic song. For the 24 years I was alive before this version came out, I’d have argued that nobody should try to top the original Thurl Ravenscroft song from the seminal animated movie based on Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I mean, first let’s just look at the name. Thurl Ravenscroft sounds like the man Benedict Cumberbatch wants to grow up to be. His deep voice is perfect for the silly evil the Grinch has in store for all the Whos down in Whoville. Cee Lo Green, riding the success of his excellent “Fuck You” earlier in the year, put out a Christmas album in 2012 featuring a whole bunch of classic Christmas songs done in the way only he can do, with a lot of pizzazz and wonderful singing. Listening to his version of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was a surprise on that album, as he gets the talky parts just as well as he does the theatrical singing bits. If you’re a Grinch to this whole Christmas thing, I give you permission to tune out for the next month. If you’re not a mean one, stick around and visit every day for a new wonderful Christmas thing!

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