Wesley Willis – "Merry Christmas"
It seems strange that schizophrenic songwriter Wesley Willis didn’t record more songs about Christmas, given that he wrote a quirky, more or less musically uniform song about every other topic that crossed his mind. Recorded in 1996, “Merry Christmas” features Willis making some typically basic declarations about Christmas over a bouncing synth and jangling guitar. We learn Christmas is in December and that it celebrates Jesus Christ’s birthday. But Willis also informs us, “Christmas is a fun time to get gifts. People stay home for the holidays. They spend time with their children. That’s what it is all about.” Few could explain the true purpose of Christmas better or more succinctly.