December 03, 2003

All Christmas, All the Time!

A week or two ago, I was standing in line in the cafeteria, in the midst of my pre-lunch torpor, when I noticed something subtly different about the place. The change wasnít the food, which ranges from edible to downright horrible, or the dťcor, which is suitably bland for a corporate cafeteria. It was the music. They had changed the radio station.

Usually, the radio is tuned to an innocuous oldies station, but instead of the normal rotation of the same five or six Motown hits, I was listening to Feliz Navidad, which was followed by I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. After that came the station ID, which told me exactly what I feared, that someone who works in the cafeteria had turned the dial to 97.1 (WASH FM), the D.C. radio station thatís ďAll Christmas, All the Time!Ē

Fortunately, I always eat my lunch at my desk, or WASH FMís all-Xmas playlist could have driven me into a blinding rage ala 28 Days Later, or at least put me in a very bad mood for the rest of the day. This is to say, Iím not a big fan of Christmas music in general, and for me, a radio station that plays only Christmas music is a little piece of hell on earth.

In fact, off the top of my head, I can only think of a few Christmas songs that I actually like:
1. Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC, because the loop of the horn section in that track is great.
2. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues, because, hey, itís the Pogues.
After those fine little numbers, I run out of songs.

Now, it is after Thanksgiving, which means that it's officially the Christmas season, so I'm sure I'll be bombarded by Christmas music in a variety of public places. Luckily, I will be able to minimize my exposure to WASH FM, which should keep me sane. I hope.

Posted by Drew at December 3, 2003 05:26 PM

I was momentarily pleased this evening when I reached the train station and noticed that they weren't playing Christmas tunes - that is, until I realized they were playing the Escape Club.

Posted by: Aaaugh! at December 3, 2003 08:12 PM

Escape Club? Cleveland truly is a frightening, alien place if they play Escape Club at train stations.

Posted by: Drew at December 4, 2003 12:24 AM