Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week, with Pop Shots falling on Christmas Eve, I thought it would be a fun idea to celebrate the holiday … Pop Shots style.
So if you’re someone who’s planning to wait up for Santa Claus – or if you have a kid who’s attempting to spot the jolly fellow – this week’s column is for you, as I’ve put together the ultimate “Waiting for Santa” playlist, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
When you’re waiting for Santa there can be absolutely, positively, no napping. Everybody knows once you close your eyes he immediately shows up, drops off your gifts, and leaves, so you need to make like Katy Perry and be “Wide Awake” for the entire night. May I suggest a highly caffeinated beverages, or three?
Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Staying with the theme of being awake, the Beastie Boys gave us the anthem “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” but you can change “Brooklyn” to “Santa,” as your quest is to have no sleep until the big guy in red shows up, and I don’t mean the Kool-Aid Man, or Andy Reid. Although if either of those two show up you should probably let them in, too.
Guns N’ Roses – Patience
If you’re staying up to catch Santa in the act you’re going to have to channel your inner Axl Rose and have a little “Patience.”
Also, whistling like Axl does at the beginning of the song is a solid way to stay awake … and possibly keep everyone else in your house awake. OK, so maybe put an ixnay on the whistling, and leave that for Axl to handle.
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Whatever it takes, or how your heart breaks, you’ll be right here waiting for Santa.
I think Richard Marx would be fine with this holiday themed interpolation of his classic pop ballad. I mean, he wakes up next to Daisy Fuentes every morning, I doubt he’s thinking about lawsuits over holiday songs. Heck, he probably isn’t even reading this blog post (although it would be really cool if it turned out that he’s been a longtime Adam’s World fan. Richard, if you’re reading this, I have Repeat Offender on vinyl just waiting for your autograph!).
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
You have no idea when Santa is going to arrive, this means you’re going to have to pull a Lionel Richie and be up “All Night Long.” That said, I would not recommend emulating the second line of the song, and “raise the roof and have some fun.” You can have all the fun you want, but if you mess with your roof, you mess with Santa’s entire present delivery system, plus there’s a chance a reindeer will land in your living room. Do you know how hard it is to get reindeer stains out of your carpet? You better hope Santa planned on filling your stocking with an extra large bottle of Resolve.
Matchbox Twenty – 3AM
I know when the night slips into the wee hours of the morning you’re going to be feeling like “it's 3AM I must be lonely,” because Lord only knows at that hour you’re going to be the only one still awake, the last of the brave sleepless soldiers, refusing to leave your post because you know some holiday joy is due to slide down your chimney at any minute.
Hmm, I didn’t mean that last part to sound like a dirty euphemism. Ah, well, at 3AM pretty much everything sounds like a dirty euphemism.
Slaughter – Up All Night
Crank this one up, because not only is it a hair metal classic that will help you in your quest to stay “Up All Night,” Slaughter is letting you know what to expect tomorrow, as they remind you that if you’re “up all night,” you’re going to then “sleep all day.”
Yup, pulling an all-nighter to see Santa means you’re going to pass out on Christmas day.
Don’t ever say hair metal didn’t try to explain the finer points of life to you.
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.