[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
Let the squares have their Manheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I want an album of cats meowing "Good King Winceslas." I need Weird Al Yankovic's "Christmas at Ground Zero." I crave Miss Piggy singing "Christmas Is Coming." I just can't abide normal, vanilla Christmas carols. If I want Christmas music, it's got to be different.
Well, I went looking, and different is what I found. I laid down some specific ground rules for the final five -- the songs had to be original videos, not fan-made edits set to Christmas music, and they had to be film-related in some way. Oh, and they had to be geeky. That can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but I think I've got all the geek bases covered with my selections. So, without further ado, my Holiday gifts to you are five of the geekiest Christmas carols around, running the gamut from the charming to the disarming. Don't thank me just yet.
There's a little something for everybody, just past the jump.
MichelleKenobi's "Jor-El, Jor-El"
To some, Christmas is the story of a blessed son, sent from afar to live among us as a man and save our world -- and his name is Superman. YouTube user MichelleKenobi has certainly got pipes, making a ridiculous song about Jor-El, the father of Superman, into something actually...beautiful? Listen for yourself...
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" Played Entirely on Nintendo Gameboys
Criterion may have brought us 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence' on blu-ray, but Xinon brings it to us on the Gameboy (sort of). He's turned Ryuichi Sakamoto's touching score into something a little more toe-tapping with the help of Nintendo's ancient 8-bit handheld devices. It's a squelchy and retro-cool techno-cover of a pleasant melody, but it's not exactly the kind of thing I want to hear when I want to get into the Christmas spirit.
A Theremin Version of "White Christmas"
The 1954 film 'White Christmas' didn't just become a Christmas classic, but it launched a perennial musical hit as well -- Irving Berlin's song of the same name. Could the acclaimed songwriter have predicted a cover version as odd as this one, played on one of the weirdest instruments of all time? Probably not. I've watched it twice, and, even then, I have a hard time believing this exists (from YouTube user Pekkanini55).
Tay Zonday Covers "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
Combine one novelty Holiday song with one internet meme novelty act and what do you get? Two minutes and fifty-five seconds of pure, unadulterated, candy cane-flavored Christmas cheer. Zonday, famous for his original ditty "Chocolate Rain," manages a pretty spot-on version of the theme song from 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' before he goes completely off the script and adds in his own overly serious spoken word rant to punctuate the piece.
Princess Leia Sings for the 'Star Wars Holiday Special'
You knew it was coming. Enjoy the discordant combination of Carrie Fisher's tinny voice, John Williams' classic score, and a mellow "easy listening" vibe. And, yet, it's not easy to listen to. It's like fruitcake for your earholes. God bless us, everyone; even George Lucas.