A big part of what made Saturday Night Live’s recurring yuletide classic “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” so perfect were the sight gags: Tracy Morgan’s dead-eyed dance, Chris Kattan’s head shake, even Jimmy Fallon’s inability to keep a straight face through triggering the Casio presets. Horatio Sanz’s blissfully silly vocal was just the ornament. This version doesn’t have any of that — in fact the vocal is played as straight as “Boombox” — but it’s hard to fuck up a classic. As reported yesterday, Julian Casablancas continues to epitomize NYC awesomeness (even while paying rent in Los Angeles) with a straight-laced downtown rock take on the last decade’s finest contribution to the Xmas canon. It sounds like an early Strokes b-side, which is weird! As the malls of America have taught us, it’s never too early to get into the gift giving spirit, so give one to yourself with JC’s holiday tune.

Also streaming at MySpace. (You’ll hear the rest of Phrazes For The Young there, too, in case you haven’t prematurely evaluated it yet.) The track’s available on the iTunes deluxe version of Stroke’s solo LP, and it’s also out 12/21 as a stand alone download and 7″.

Can’t touch this though:


Comments (17)
  1. I, for one, love it. And it actually makes me wish it was christmas today.

  2. Goon  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    I like this news actually, because listening to that song again, you can really hear why it would fit Julian/The Strokes and imagine how it would sound, and what I have in my head sounds like success.

  3. Micachu  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    Devo was ON SNL…early too…

  4. Miskatonic  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    Tracy Morgan’s dead-eyed dance – not funny
    Chris Kattan’s head shake – extremely not funny
    Jimmy Fallon’s inability to keep a straight face – this is his usual schtick and only funny to people who are ready to laugh at anything
    Horatio Sanz’s blissfully silly vocal was just the ornament – Whatever the hell that means…

    Anyway, I don’t think this is a bad song. It’s surprising how reminiscent of The Strokes it is.

  5. Jordan  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    This .. Jack White releasing a cover of the Sagan feat. Stephen Hawking YouTube song .. the cavalcade of Weezer ridiculousness; looks like rock’s found its sense of humor. love it!

  6. One of the best Christmas songs ever…….i know that’s not saying much but this is up there with the Rvionettes and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

  7. Ok so this band that was really good back in the day released this song called “The Christmas Song” as a b-side. The song itself is actually better than anything they’ve released recently. I think most would agree with me on this one:

  8. jennifer Golum  |   Posted on Nov 5th, 2009 0


  9. i swear, A M A Z I N G voice ever!!! he definitely make me want christmas to be today! …i know what im listening to on christmas haha >________<

  10. liking it

  11. this sounds like an andrew w.k. song.

  12. caroline  |   Posted on Nov 10th, 2009 0

    i love julian casablancas.

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