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December 22, 2010 11:05 AM   Subscribe

This year's top holiday duet doesn't feature Mariah Carey or Will Ferrell. It's Rodney the Mailman [local news] and Andrew WK [original], live from the Chicago offices of the Onion AV Club in their Holiday Undercover project. In typical Andrew WK style, a slightly... different version is also available.

But this is not Rodney's first appearance -- nor are these covers few and far between.

Other AV Club artists in the Holiday Undercover project, performing songs of their choice (you may get sick of the vodka/Sugar Plum Fairy opening; sorry!):
Fran Healy, formerly of Travis, covers Joni Mitchell's River [previous Travis cover here; Joni Mitchell original here]
Brendan Benson covers Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody... and surprise! So does Kate Nash. [original]
The Walkmen cover Lindsey Buckingham's Holiday Road [original]
Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater covers Randy Newman's God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) [original]
The Dresden Dolls cover Neutral Milk Hotel's Two Headed Boy [original]...

...which was also covered earlier this year in the original Undercover project by the Swell Season.

Everyone's favorite postal employee also made brief cameos in two more Undercover videos:
Retribution Gospel Choir covered the Beach Boys' Kokomo [original… okay, and here’s a version by the Muppets. This IS MetaFilter, after all.]
Fruit Bats covered Hall and Oates' One on One [original]

The Undercover project was previously, erm, covered in this post from last June. Check out a recap, and results of voting, here.
posted by Madamina (3 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
You don't have Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody? Don't your grandmothers always tell you that the old songs were the best? I know about American exceptionalism, but come on...
posted by alasdair at 11:36 AM on December 22, 2010


shearwater is great and I really like that cover.
posted by big friendly giant at 3:33 PM on December 22, 2010


Seconding bfg.
posted by kenko at 7:08 PM on December 22, 2010


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