B-Side Music Presents: T&A

B-Side Music presents T&A (Triumphs & Atrocities), an examination of the accomplishments and the things that should never have been in today's musical landscape. And what better time to usher in the start of something new than the holiday season? So, without further ado, T&A: Holiday Edition.

Triumph: Over the Rhine - Goodbye Charles
Anyone can record a holiday song, or even a holiday-themed album, though doing it well is no easy task. But Over the Rhine never backs down from a musical challenge. So, on their last year's holiday themed, jazz riff laden, Snow Angels, Karen and Linford cut “Goodbye Charles", an homage/tribute to Peanuts creator (and therefore a staple of the holiday season via A Charlie Brown Christmas), Charles Schulz. “Goodbye Charles” is inspired by Schroeder’s similarly jazzy piano riffs. A beautiful farewell for the holidays. Enjoy.

Atrocity: My Chemical Romance - All I Want for Christmas is You
While anyone can record a holiday track, not everyone should as evidenced by the screech-fest that is this mauling of a Christmas classic. Not even Mariah Carey's version inspires this much holiday angst. Clanky pianos and vocals in the key of "K Flat" make this nigh unbearable. Follow the link above to watch the carnage. For a great punk holiday song, try "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" by the Ramones.

Thus ends the first installment of B-Side T&A. Please let us know what you think of our new format and all our new features on the comment section.

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