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Afroman and Barenaked Lady talk holiday songs -- The rapper and pop rocker Ed Robertson share their views on this year's holiday singles

Afroman and Barenaked Lady talk holiday songs

Want more on this season's holiday releases? We asked two wise men with Christmas CDs of their own — Ed Robertson from wry pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies and hip-hop prankster Afroman of ''Because I Got High'' fame — for their expert opinions.

THE LONG WINTERS
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AFROMAN
I think a laid-back, hippie type who don't wanna be bothered with fake, hypocrite relatives would like this. Somebody that gets that good weed and gets that girl...while everybody's at the mall trampling each other.

ROBERTSON
It's not a standard, melodic Christmas song...and I really identify with that in this time of forced cheer.

CLAY AIKEN
''Mary, Did You Know'' from Merry Christmas With Love

ROBERTSON
I've heard a saying that goes something like, 'If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all.' Um, let me check...no, I don't have anything good to say.

AFROMAN
Well, it puts me in awe of Jesus Christ, you know? I do believe the Man came and he's trying to save humanity. So I have a soft spot for the song.

BARENAKED LADIES
''Jingle Bells'' from Barenaked for the Holidays

AFROMAN At first, he was killing me! He sounded like that lounge singer that needs to quit and go home. But then he switched to this Offspring-style remix of it. And that was cool. We're talking about ''Jingle Bells,'' though. I mean, how cool can you be, dude?

ROBERTSON It's so ridiculous to sing...so we made this ballad-y, slow and lush intro for it. And then, of course, we go into the over-the-top, uptempo rendition.

AFROMAN
''Deck My Balls'' from Jobe Bells

ROBERTSON
Afroman's plea for unity in these desperate and politically unstable times did not fall on deaf ears. This song is a Christmas miracle.

AFROMAN
When you gotta work on Christmas Day at the airport and you're loading those suitcases, this is the kind of Christmas carol I want to hear, you know what I'm saying?

Originally posted Dec 13, 2004 Published in issue #797 Dec 17, 2004 Order article reprints
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