.

'The 'Glee' Cast Hopes for Peace in 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' - Premiere

Actors cover John Lennon's famous holiday song

December 10, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Columbia

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono first released this song in 1971, it was in the midst of rallies, billboards and bed-ins as part of their larger anti-Vietnam War movement. Powered by optimism, holiday spirit and a plea for world peace, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" became a chart-climbing Christmas staple that's been covered by many musicians over the years, including Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Maroon 5.

Now, four decades later, Glee's lovable jock-gone-Gleek Finn (played by Cory Monteith) joins the tradition. Glee's cover starts quietly and, as in the original, the somber anti-war message doesn't kick in until one minute into the song. "War is over, if you want it," rings the chorus over and over again like a mantra, layering hope over hope.

"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is a single off Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album Volume Three, due on December 11th and available for download on iTunes. Glee's holiday-themed episode will air on Thursday, December 13th at 9pm EST on FOX.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Columbia
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Fantasy”

Mariah Carey | 1995

Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com