In the Folk Tradition
Erin McKeown, it would seem, is one of the latter.
As a singer-songwriter who has dabbled in everything from rock to pop, jazz, and folk, Erin McKeown’s ability to master any genre into which she might throw her hat, is kind of a given at this point. I have to assume she made F*ck That because someone suggested she record a Christmas album at some point. Possibly a family member or a friend who was drunk and thought it made perfect sense. Presumably, McKeown doesn’t identify with the religious connotations of the holiday. Or, if she does, she’s comfortable enough with her spiritual identity that she can poke a little fun at the whole thing.
Regardless, she’s created an anti-Christmas-carols album which is just damn good.
Highlights include gems like “Santa Is an Asshole” (purchase/download) and “You Wish Us a Happy Holidays” (purchase/download) (“You wish us a happy holidays / but you really mean a Merry Christmas” – to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”). “Fa La La La” (purchase/download) is another keeper, set to the tune of “Deck the Halls,” of course. It’s hard to tell exactly, but I think she sings about toenails and being gored by bulls before hitting the money moment at the end of the verse:
Nuclear war and chestnuts roasting
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Also, though she’s not the first to turn “Angels We Have Heard on High” into a song about being stoned, “Visions I Have Had While High” (purchase/download) is an easy gem too. (Bitch and Animal made the hymn into “Angels We Have Heard Are High,” and the traditional refrain of “Gloria!” into “Ganja!”)
The Bottom Line
But, for anyone who possesses a good sense of humor and even a modicum of cynicism about mainstream America, F*ck That will be a perfect addition to your Christmas Music Season collection.
Anyway, after a couple glasses of spiked egg nog, even the most humorless people in your life won’t be able to resist joining in for a chorus of “Santa how I hate you / and everyone just thinks you’re grand / it is my mission to destroy you / and expose you as an evil man!”