Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Christmas at the Airport

December 25, 2015

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is on a ingle-bell-free compilation of seasonal songs by Ron Sexsmith, Roger Miller, Ry Cooder, Boudleaux Bryant, and the anonymous elves of folk tradition.

Nick talks about the tune here, and also recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM:

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Christmas at K-Mart

December 24, 2015

“Christmas at K-Mart,” written and performed by the late, great Root Boy Slim (Foster MacKenzie III) with the Sex Change Band and backing vocals by The Rootettes. Released in 1978.

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Christmastime For the Jews

December 24, 2015

“Christmastime for the Jews,” a Robert Smigel stop-action animation featuring the voice of Darlene Love in a “Wall of Sound” production, from a  2005 Saturday Night Live episode (lyrics here).

Gut yom tov to all, and to all a good night.

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Santa’s Secret

December 24, 2015

“Santa’s Secret,” by pianist Johnny Guarnieri and bassist Slam Stewart. Originally recorded in 1944, it remained unissued until 2000. There’s a recent rendition by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Spoiler alert: The secret involves a 100-foot-long reefer.

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There’s a Santa That Looks a Lot Like Elvis

December 20, 2015

“There’s a Santa that looks a lot like Elvis,” a Bob Rivers parody of Meredith Willson‘s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” sung in a Bing Crosby sound-alike voice. Crooner Crosby had a hit with the tune in 1951.

Young people: Elvis Presley was a popular vocalist back in the last century. In his later years he … um, filled out a bit from eating deep-fried peanut butter-jelly-and-bacon sandwiches, and weighed 350 pounds at his death in 1977. Of course, your grandma might not think he’s dead.

Bob Rivers recordings.

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The Santa Claus Boogie

December 19, 2015

“The Santa Claus Boogie,” written by Steve Ripley, and performed by him with his group, The Tractors. The video was directed by Michael McNamara.

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To Heck With Ole Santa Claus

December 19, 2015

“To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” written and sung by Loretta Lynn, the hit from her 1966 Country Christmas album.

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Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol

December 18, 2015

“Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol,” by Kevin Fowler. That second voice belongs to Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

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Santa Baby

December 17, 2015

“Santa Baby!” written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The original 1953 recording by Eartha Kitt, with Henri René and his orchestra.

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I’m Gettin Nuttin’ for Christmas

December 16, 2015

“I’m Gettin Nuttin’ for Christmas,” a novelty song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, recorded by Spike Jones and his City Slickers. The team of Tepper and Bennett wrote nearly 300 songs between 1945 and 1970, and they were recorded by artists from Guy Lombardo to Elvis.

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