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10Dec/0911

Cage Match: Xmas Edition Vol. 1: Paul McCartney vs. Billy Squier

Cage Match

While discussing recent Cage Match activities, my co-worker Rebecca suggested a battle between a couple of Christmas tunes. Suddenly, an additional idea sprung into my head - a holiday themed Cage Match each week leading up to Christmas! It was so simple.....and why hadn't I thought of this easy cop-out great idea sooner!

We'd been talking about Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," and Rebecca was wondering if McCartney regrets recording it.  Though the love/hate factor on this particular holiday chestnut is split 50/50, I'd say that with the amount of bank that Macca makes off of "Wonderful," it seems very likely that there are no regrets on his side.  In fact, when discussing his overseas tour happening this month, he even seemed open to the possibility of playing it live!

Unfortunately, from this recent setlist, it doesn't look like McCartney has made good on that thought.

Personally, I'd rather see him play THIS one.

Can't you totally hear McCartney doing that one, complete with an intro something like this....

"Hello Paris, Christmas is the time to say I love yooooooooou. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Billy Squier looks mighty sincere with his holiday wishes in the video above, doesn't he?

You might be surprised to hear that according to word on the street, ol' Billy stepped on a lot of folks on his way up to success, including one Jon Bon Jovi.  I guess that's why he's not on Bon Jovi's Xmas card list.  Awwwww.

Paul or Billy - which one of these two Xmas classics is your favorite?

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  • designthatrocks

    I have to go with McCartney….just cause he was a Beatle. I think Billy's song is better…..and my top vote goes to Martha Quinn….she was soooooo cuuuuuute!

  • Matt

    I might still be carrying a torch for Martha Quinn.

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    Wonderful Christmastime is my 2nd favorite pop-holiday tune of all time (1st is Wham!'s Last Christmas, so if you use that one, you can tally my vote for it now). So I gotta go with McCartney although I did enjoy that Squire song quite a bit. And nothing says 'Christmas' quite like a sing-along with an out-of-tune choir, especially when they so accurately represent the MTV demographic from whatever year that is.

  • just_kap

    I have a soft spot for Billy, but I gotta go with Wonderful Christmastime on this one. I hear it at least 18 times a day, and I don't care because it's probably one of my favorites to sing along with. Makes me wanna bust out the big ass red reindeer sweater, bake some sugar cookies, and sip on a little hot cocoa… Ya know what I'm sayin?

  • Matt

    I am shocked at the love that Paul is getting so far. I hear more people
    bitch about this song than any other Xmas tune out there. I've never minded
    it myself. But I also love the Squier tune. Is the sweater made from real
    reindeer?

  • just_kap

    Why yes, yes it is.

    Wise ass.

  • Stacy

    Well you know I'm going with McCartney…

  • MellieMel

    I'm sure I don't need to tell you my pick.

  • Matt

    No, your love for McCartney is well documented.

  • Kevin

    After hearing “Coming Up,” I wouldn't have put anything past Paul. I don't know which came first, that song or this wonderful Christmas pile of reindeer crap, but both are horrible.

    Here's a vote for Bitch Billy.

  • Kevin

    After hearing “Coming Up,” I wouldn't have put anything past Paul. I don't know which came first, that song or this wonderful Christmas pile of reindeer crap, but both are horrible.

    Here's a vote for Bitch Billy.

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