Who can’t relate to getting lame gifts for Christmas? This song's narrator is tired of getting boring bikes for the holiday, so he humbly asks Santa for something a little different this year: an alien he can hang out with! They could go for walks and watch The Twilight Zone all day!
This one's simple. It’s geek rock legend’s Barenaked Ladies singing Deck The Halls, except every word is replaced with the names of 70’s folk-rock supergroup Cosby, Stills, Nash and Young. What’s not to like?
Sufjan Stevens is well known for mixing genres and publishing some truly strange music. Christmas Unicorn is the final song thesis statement for his 58 song, 5 CD holiday album from 2012, Silver and Gold. While Sufjan isn’t known as a geek rocker, this entire album should be in heavy rotation in any geek’s holiday playlist. It’s delightfully weird, fun and sentimental all at the same time, and this song really puts the star on the tree.
Weird Al made his mark on the holiday music scene in 1996 with The Night Santa Went Crazy, a graphically violent original Christmas song. In this song, Santa Claus realizes that he’s not happy in his current position and the only way he can see out is mass North Pole murder.
This is possibly the most straightforward entry on this entire list! A classic Christmas song is re-imagined by multi-instrumentalist Eban Schletter in his very odd holiday album, Eban Schletter’s Cosmic Christmas. I can’t think of any more geeky instrument than the theremin, which makes up the majority of this song's melody.
This original song by the band behind I Know What Boys Like was released in 1981 and is told by a woman who just doesn’t want to deal with Christmas this year. The story is told with almost no gusto and is backed by New Wave guitars, horns and jingle bells. There’s a happy ending to the story, and a willingness to give Christmas another chance. While this song isn’t recorded by a geek rock icon, this alternative holiday song is sure to delight.