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Christmas albums: The strangest additions to the canon

There are some interesting additions to the canon of Christmas music every year. By interesting we mean, "Really? They released that? OK..."

This year's notable release is John Schneider and Tom Wopat of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame with "Home for Christmas." (Maybe a good idea to drink some nice yule moonshine while listening to that one, but don't let Roscoe catch ya.)

Here are some other strange albums from the last few decades that left us scratching our heads (and sometimes tearing down our trees).

“A Twisted Christmas” - Twisted Sister, 2006

So the metal icons of the 1980s who

So the metal icons of the 1980s who hit it big with “We’re Not Gonna Take It” dove in for some Christmas action with its melody derivative of “Oh, Come all Ye Faithful” and more. Dee Snider always looked like a human Christmas Tree ornament anyway, so in that respect, this kinda makes sense.

Track of Note: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"

“This Christmas” - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, 2012

The “Grease” stars joined forces again about 25

The “Grease” stars joined forces again about 25 years later for this album, to the delight of no one. Maybe if this came out in 1979, it would have made sense.

The album begins with an extra creepy version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Keep that one away from the family.

Track of Note: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

"Christmas Album" - Jethro Tull, 2003

The classic rock band known most for “Aqualung,”

The classic rock band known most for “Aqualung,” a song about a homeless pedophile, released its Christmas album (for some reason) back in 2003. Has anyone ever listened to it? Can’t imagine this scene ever happening: “Honey, it’s so great to spend Christmas with you and the kids, sitting by the fire with some hot cocoa and our wonderful children. LET’S BREAK OUT SOME TULL!”

Track of Note: “First Snow In Brooklyn”

"Christmas in The Heart" - Bob Dylan, 2009

“Blowin In The Wind,” “All Along the Watchtower”...........”Here

“Blowin In The Wind,” “All Along the Watchtower”...........”Here Comes Santa Claus!?!?”

The folk rock hero, activist and inspiration to everyone from the Beatles to Hendrix thought the one thing his career was missing was a holiday album. It’s an unconventional Christmas album, at times cheery. Other times awkward. After listening to it, you might want to contemplate your entire place in the universe.

Track of Note: "It Must Be Santa”

"Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album” - 1980

Why? Why? Why?!? Oh, because in 1980, if

Why? Why? Why?!? Oh, because in 1980, if you put a "Star Wars" label on a box of shower curtain rings, kids would scream and cry until their parents gave in and bought it for them.

So, that’s why we got stuck with “Christmas in the Stars.” Of note is a young Jon Bon Jovi performing on “R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” (Funny, didn’t know R2-D2 was religious, go figure.)

Track of Note: “R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

"Happy Holidays" - Billy Idol, 2006

Let’s get right to the point. Billy Idol

Let’s get right to the point. Billy Idol scares the hell out of us. If he came to our house with a gift, we’d run screaming. Known for “Dancing With Myself” and being a bad boy rocker, we can’t just imagine him sincerely wishing joy on strangers. We wonder who made him to do this.

Now, this was also a missed opportunity. How awesome would a “White Christmas” hybrid with “White Wedding” have been. Maybe next time, Mr. Idol. Maybe next time.

Track of Note: “Frosty The Snowman”

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