With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, artists left and right have been coming out of the woodwork to showcase their holiday spirit. Previously, Karen O tackled the yuletide classic “Marshmallow World”, while Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (tka The Both) shared an original composition in “Nothing Left To Do (Let’s Make This Christmas Blue)”. Now, Liz Phair has offered up her own seasonal contribution with “Ho Ho Ho”. The rollicking jam marks her first new song since 2012’s “Dotted Line”.
Although its title may suggest jolly Santa-approved fanfare, the track is actually “dystopian” in nature, as it references the “emotional turbulence” and “unpredictable highs and lows” of the holidays. “The retail and advertising sectors bill it as the greatest time of the year, but some seasons you are saddled with a real clunker,” Phair explained to Stereogum.
She added, “I find that both touching and funny. I tried to contrast chirpy, cheery elements with a depressing story line, a là David Sedaris’ ‘SantaLand Diaries’, the Waitresses’ ‘Christmas Wrapping’, and that timeless classic, ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’.” Listen to “Ho Ho Ho” below.
“Ho Ho Ho” is off Amazon’s holiday playlist, All Is Bright, which also features music from Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and the Rosebuds. It’s due out on November 20th.