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The Christmas Songs of Weird Al Yankovic

All nerds have their favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs, from "Eat It" to "Yoda". But I've always had a thing for the man's Christmas tunes, which tend to be among his darkest work, focusing as they do on mass murder in the form of a killing spree ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") or just a good old-fashioned armageddon ("Christmas at Ground Zero"). Give both of these classics a listen after the jump.

"The Night Santa Went Crazy" is my favorite of Weird Al's Christmas tunes, with its insane take on Soul Asylum's "Black Gold". The reference to Freddy Krueger wins it major brownie points from horror fans, and the homage to Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" is inspired. The album version (from 1996's Bad Hair Day) is black comedy gold, but Al originally intended the song to be even darker and bloodier. The original "extra gory" version, in which --spoiler alert! -- Santa does not go to a federal prison but instead dies, can be found on the "Amish Paradise" single. Al also performed it live on Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular...

Al's other yuletide offering is "Christmas at Ground Zero" (from 1986's Polka Party), a Ronettes-style ditty about the end of the world. The video, incorporating old news footage and excerpts from government-issued "duck and cover" films, was Al's directorial debut...

Yes, that's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.