The Kinks Vs. Bruce Springsteen – Clash of the Titans
There’s no way around it during the holidays. Sometime — most likely, many times — between Thanksgiving and Dec. 25 you’re bound to hear classic-rock Christmas songs by some of the genre’s giants. And there aren’t too many as big as the Kinks‘ ‘Father Christmas’ and Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,’ which we’re pitting against each other in this week’s Clash of the Titans.
The Kinks’ holiday perennial was recorded in 1977 during the sessions for the band’s ‘Misfits’ album. It includes a typically tough guitar riff hammered out by Dave Davies and a cynically eyed view toward the Christmas season by writer Ray Davies. Heck, things aren’t even safe for Santa anymore!
Like the Kinks’ song, Springsteen’s Christmas radio hog was recorded in the mid ’70s — 1975 to be specific, during a seasonal tour stop in Greenvale, N.Y. It was released as a promo to radio stations in 1981, and finally saw official release in 1985 as the flip side to the ‘My Hometown’ single.
If you need to do some research before you cast your vote at the bottom, listen to both songs below. At the very least, they’ll help you get in the holiday spirit. This Clash of the Titans will stay open until 11:59PM EST on Dec. 25, 2013. You can vote once a day for your favorite.
The Kinks’ ‘Father Christmas’
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’