For any fellow holiday humbugs out there, Nick Lowe's got you covered on all the bummer-ific Christmas music you'll need to get through the next month. The longtime Elvis Costello collaborator released his holiday-themed album Quality Street about a month ago, and recently he visited Fordham University's WFUV studios to perform three songs from the album. "A Dollar Short of Happy," "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" and "Christmas at the Airport" were all uploaded to YouTube, and now you can watch all three in the playlist above.
While the latter two songs of the three could be labeled "darkly comical," "A Dollar Short of Happy" is absolutely heartbreaking. A partial rewrite of Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song" (later made famous by Nat King Cole), the song includes lines like: "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, turn a darker grey than any Russian playwright would allow" that serve to convey the sorrow that grips the impoverished during the season of gift-giving. At this point in his storied career, Nick Lowe didn't really have to prove himself a songwriting genius, but he's done just that with his careful subversion of wintry cheer.
Watch all three songs above, and stream Quality Street courtesy of The New Yorker.