Jingle Rock, Jingle Rock, Bell Bell Bell
November 21, 2018 9:23 AM   Subscribe

As the Thanksgiving parade plays in the background tomorrow, many families like mine will pull out the Christmas tunes. And so, Metafilter reminds you to include, on its the 14th (!) anniversary, the Mefi's Own PinkStainlessTail/Lentrohamsanin holiday classic "Jingle Rock Bell". (Lyrics, music video, and mefite karaoke performance.) For those who need a little more musical chaos in their life, try some of Mefi's Own cortex's Endless Jingling.

(Ever see "Sleepless in Seattle"'s Annie twist the radio knob off ... and wonder what "Jingle Bells" really does sound like backwards? You can't find it by the New Jersey Cape Mayettes, but you can find it here.)
posted by WCityMike (37 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
 
The video is wonderful! I run it in the background on my computer (at my good workplace.....where they let (tolerate) me do such things.)
posted by mightshould at 9:29 AM on November 21, 2018


For me, this song is the reason for the season. One of my favorite parts of Christmas. It brings me endless joy. Thanks, Lentrohamsanin!
posted by Caduceus at 9:31 AM on November 21, 2018


I also love Jingle Rock Bell to an unreasonable degree, so any post reminding people it exists is a good post (rock).
posted by deludingmyself at 9:33 AM on November 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


I'm a big fan of Endless Jingling.. although I think it could use some tweaks, the concept is strong and leads to some great lyrics..

For example, I just got one that was "grandma got run over by a/ mother and child, mother and child"
posted by some loser at 9:39 AM on November 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


It’s November!
posted by Artw at 9:51 AM on November 21, 2018 [6 favorites]


Some people are gonna need some Jingle Rock Bell to get through Thanksgiving this year.
posted by explosion at 9:59 AM on November 21, 2018 [6 favorites]


hahah. I knew who that karaoke was going to be before I even clicked on it.
posted by bondcliff at 10:05 AM on November 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


It’s November!
*pulls up chair, thanksgiving edition*
“Get off my lawn.”

Thank you for saying that. None of this Christmas in November bullshit.
posted by Fizz at 10:14 AM on November 21, 2018 [3 favorites]


Ok, sorry. That was too snarky maybe. People can enjoy Christmas/Holiday music, but ugh. It's just ugh for me personally, not a fan. Do you fam.
posted by Fizz at 10:15 AM on November 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


I am livid every November when Xmas Music Everywhere season begins. That said, Jingle Rock Bell and this sublime bedlam get me through it every year.
posted by salt grass at 10:23 AM on November 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


Thank you for saying that. None of this Christmas in November bullshit.

Au contraire!

"Jingle Bells" is a Thanksgiving song, and so are--by extension-- Jingle Bell Rock and Jingle Rock Bell. This is the right time to rock jingle bell the night away.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 10:24 AM on November 21, 2018 [9 favorites]


As I see we're getting a jump on the Christmas song season, please allow me to submit for your consideration a new holiday classic, Natalie Walker's "All I Want For Christmas Is You But Just The Alto 2 Part From When My High School Chorus Sang It" (Twitter video) (previously on MeFi)
posted by mhum at 10:47 AM on November 21, 2018 [7 favorites]


Oh God, Jingle Rock Bell is the worst, longest-running earworm/brainworm collection of notes and words ever committed to ones and zeros and transmitted far and wide and it's been in my head since 2004.

Fuck you, Metafilter.

I love you all so much.
posted by rp at 10:49 AM on November 21, 2018 [9 favorites]


Pretty soon, the malls will be playing Jingle Rock Bell before Labor Day!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:00 AM on November 21, 2018 [3 favorites]


This song will feature prominently in my divorce judgment.
posted by East14thTaco at 11:17 AM on November 21, 2018 [6 favorites]


In previous years, I'd have been on the "It's too early for Christmas music!" team.

In 2018 though, the world feels like a raging dumpster fire.

So if busting out the Christmas tunes early brings you some joy, feel free to do so whenever the hell you please.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:09 PM on November 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


The karaoke file now lives here, today and for all time. As before, you'll need to supply your own copy of Lenny Dee's "Jingle Bell Rock" (off the Happy Holi-dee album) to properly sing along.
posted by eamondaly at 12:13 PM on November 21, 2018 [4 favorites]


Let's say my son wanted to set up a standing internet station for the holiday season, that did nothing but run Jingle Rock Bell, but otherwise resembled a normal holiday-themed internet streaming station. Would I need the permission of the karaoke track people, or just the fine human who wrote and sang this glorious derivative work?
posted by davejay at 2:17 PM on November 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


Now I just need to find that edit of “Wonderful Christmastime” that repeats the refrain a hundred times
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:50 PM on November 21, 2018


Now I just need to find that edit of “Wonderful Christmastime” that repeats the refrain a hundred times

A hundred times? Pshaw. How about (approximately) 7,914 times?
posted by mhum at 4:02 PM on November 21, 2018 [5 favorites]


yes please thank you
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:06 PM on November 21, 2018


e n d l e s s
posted by cortex at 5:38 PM on November 21, 2018 [2 favorites]


Also I updated the Endless Jingling code slightly thanks to a tip from fellow MeFite Sibrax, so now it does finally work on iphones. You have to tap once to get the audio to start.
posted by cortex at 6:37 PM on November 21, 2018 [3 favorites]


Note: there is no number of taps that will get the audio to stop.
posted by hippybear at 7:07 PM on November 21, 2018 [14 favorites]


on its the 14th (!) anniversary

My mental reaction to song ages is usually like "holy shit there are teenagers who were conceived to this," but if you guys are into that I don't want to know about it
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:25 PM on November 21, 2018 [10 favorites]


bringle jock rell bringle jock rell
posted by mwhybark at 10:25 PM on November 21, 2018


I genuinely do not know whether to be happy or not that Endless Jingling now works on iOS
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:54 PM on November 21, 2018 [1 favorite]


and a merry jock ringle to all
posted by flatluigi at 5:44 AM on November 22, 2018


You're welcome/I'm sorry, everyone!
posted by Sibrax at 11:07 AM on November 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


How have I never seen this before?
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 10:24 AM on November 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


...and how will you ever get it out of your head now?
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:59 PM on November 25, 2018


hahah. I knew who that karaoke was going to be before I even clicked on it.


If this is my only legacy, I'm okay with that.

Speaking of hot boys singing this song at karaoke*, I feel like any celebration of Jingle Rock Bell also needs to re-mention the song's appearance (via karaoke even!) in the delightful m/m romance novel Playing with Fire (as originally mentioned in this thread).

* Yes I know what I did there.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:31 AM on November 28, 2018 [4 favorites]


It's suddenly occurred to me that I desperately want a version of this done to the Los Straitjackets' arrangement.
posted by ob1quixote at 10:59 AM on December 3, 2018


Project idea for xmas 2019: an entire album of Jingle Rock Bell covers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:46 PM on December 3, 2018 [6 favorites]


I don't frequent MetaFilter like I used to, but this brings me back to the yard every Xmas. This, and Punch 'Em In the Dick.
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants at 1:57 PM on December 13, 2018 [2 favorites]


You guys I think I finally figured out what "troll the ancient yuletide carol" means
posted by duffell at 3:49 AM on December 18, 2018 [6 favorites]


An old friend of mine now works regularly directing holiday films for places like the Hallmark Channel. I brought this to her attention and she messaged back immediately that she loves this.

"I'm gonna get this in a movie if it kills me," she promises.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:17 PM on December 18, 2018 [7 favorites]


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