Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Sled Zeppelin

December 31, 2013

“Sled Zeppelin,” written by Bob Rivers, based on the song “D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin.

Bob Rivers Presents More Twisted Christmas (1997)

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Merry Christmas, Baby

December 30, 2013

“Merry Christmas, Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Rod Stewart and CeeLo Green on a holiday TV special. That’s Trombone Shorty in the red shirt, not Santa, and David Foster on piano.

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Mistletoe and Wine

December 30, 2013

“Mistletoe and Wine,” written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, performed by British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard, who had a big UK hit with it 1988. The song was originally written for a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and emphasized harsh British class inequities. A re-write turned it into a more conventional holiday song, heard ad nauseum in the UK each yuletide.

More:

“Mistletoe and Wine’s political beginnings,” John McKie, BBC News

“Why Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine is really a socialist Christmas song,” The Guardian

“The Little Match Girl,” 1986 HTV

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

December 30, 2013

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” traditional English carol, recorded by Ronnie James Dio with Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright on the album We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year.  This song should not be confused with “God Bless You, Jerry Mandelbaum” by Alan Sherman.

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Sleigh Ride

December 30, 2013

“Sleigh Ride” was an orchestral piece by Leroy Anderson until Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics that turned it into a pop hit. It’s not specifically a Christmas piece, but it dashes through holiday music mixes each winter. This 1963 recording is by The Ronettes, produced by Phil Spector.

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Coca-Cola & Polar Bears

December 30, 2013

Coca-Cola & Polar Bears

Since 1993, Coca-Cola holiday ads have featured fuzzy adorable polar bear families enjoying Coke in the Arctic night. That’s just a bunch of seal blubber.

The facts: Polar bears are solitary and don’t form groups, mothers drive off cubs when they are a couple of years old, after a week of mating males and females separate, and adult bears may eat cubs if times get hard. Oh, and bears don’t drink Coke, either.

More: 

“Coca-Cola’s Adorable Lies About Polar Bears,” Ross Pomeroy, Real Clear Science

“The Enduring History of Coca-Cola’s Polar Bears,” Ted Ryan, Coca-ColaCompany.com

“The Coca Cola Polar Bears,” Coca-Cola Great Britain

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Have Yourself A Merry

December 29, 2013

“Have Yourself A Merry little Christmas,” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine, performed by Judy Garland in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis.
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What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?

December 29, 2013

“What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?” written by Homer Banks and Carl Mitchell Hampton, performed by The Emotions in this 1973 recording. You may prefer the Patti LaBelle version. In addition to writing songs for other artists on Stax and A&M, Banks and Hampton recorded as a duo.

Related:

“Obituary: Homer Banks, Producer and songwriter of superbly crafted ballads for Stax,” Garth Cartwright, The Guardian

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Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

December 29, 2013

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. Interpreted and performed in the interests of public safety by Alice Cooper.

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Wonderful Christmas Time

December 29, 2013

“Wonderful Christmas Time,” composed by Sir Paul McCartney, and performed by Sir Paul with his band Wings.

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