Posts Tagged ‘humor’

The Snow Plow Man

January 23, 2016

“The Snow Plow Man,” by Mike McDonald. Animated by Hatching Studios.
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Trim Your Tree

December 25, 2015

“Trim Your Tree,” a racy 1954 jump blues by Jimmy Butler.

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Merry Christmas From The Family

December 25, 2015

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Here’s how the songwriter does it:

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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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