Oh, I do enjoy breaking format once in awhile to do special episodes like this one.
For this year’s Christmas episode, I return to the songs that you don’t seem to hear on the radio when the stations are playing All Christmas All The Time. You’d think that with the huge catalog of recordings to choose from (even if the list of songs is relatively limited), radio stations could go on for literally days without ever repeating a recording. But no, we’re going to get Mariah Carey and Trans Siberian Orchestra over and over and over again.
There was one station that managed to have a pretty deep catalog one year. It was out in Colorado and I think I went four hours before I heard a repeat. So that was pretty good. I don’t think they’re still doing that, though, more’s the pity.
I took a little more time to script this show than I did last year, so for those of you who are interested, there is a transcript this time. Last year, I was working off of notes, and it clearly shows. Hey, you live and you learn. Or you don’t live long. (h/t to Lazarus Long)
Here’s the playlist for this year’s episode:
- Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (1979 version)—Elmo and Patsy
- Christmas Kisses—Ray Anthony and the Bookends
- Christmas on the Block—Alan Mann Band
- Crabs for Christmas—David DeBoy
- Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)—The Darkness
- How to Make Gravy—Paul Kelly
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town—Joseph Spence
And finally, let me note that Jenna Getty has come through again with a Christmassy version of the theme music, funded by the Patrons of the show. I haven’t mentioned this enough: Patrons of the show got a special hour-long episode a couple of weeks ago as an extra “Thank You” for their support. Plus they get the Newsletter with my lame blatherings every single week, whether a show drops or not. And if you become a Patron of the show, you’ll have access to all of that. If that sounds interesting to you, please click the link below.
Have a great and safe holiday!