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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Options December 23, 2008: another rock 'n' roll christmas

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
big star  jesus christ   Options 7"  aura  1978      0:00:00 ()
huey smith & the clowns  twas the night before christmas   Options           0:01:54 ()
gary glitter  another rock n roll christmas   Options           0:06:28 ()
bad manners  christmas time again   Options bollocks to christmas          0:09:27 ()
jon graboff  run run rudolph   Options for christ's sake  confidential  2002      0:13:13 ()
root boy slim & the sex change band  x-mas at k-mart   Options       by request.. from last year! (yeah, that's how long it takes sometimes)    0:16:04 ()
kurtis blow  christmas rappin'   Options           0:19:04 ()
ro-d-y-s  winter woman   Options           0:24:57 ()
monster magnet  dead christmas   Options dopes to infinity  a&m  1995      0:33:45 ()
walter murphy  deck the halls   Options va-the toys... or else      compiled by our own Joe McGasko    0:37:37 ()
lightnin' hopkins  merry christmas   Options           0:40:46 ()
ursula 1000  linus & lucy ext.   Options           0:43:16 ()
hanson  everybody knows the claus   Options snowed in    1997  don't forget the donuts!    0:53:15 ()
elton john  step into christmas   Options 7"  mca  1973      0:57:59 ()
royal purple  snowflakes   Options cd single    2007      1:02:18 ()
blues magoos  jingle bells   Options           1:04:50 ()
wildebeests  rudolph's ruin   Options 7"  norton  2000      1:07:45 ()
cathy harrington  sha la la   Options va-christmas time  collectors' choice  2006      1:09:54 ()
slade  merry christmas everybody   Options           1:19:41 ()
dolly parton & the girls  hard candy christmas   Options       by request last week for Laurie    1:23:12 ()
the o'jays  christmas ain't christmas, new year's ain't new year's without the one you love   Options 7"  phila int'l  1973      1:26:44 ()
detroit junior  christmas day   Options           1:28:58 ()
flirtations  christmas time is here again   Options           1:31:29 ()
fleshtones  canadian christmas   Options stocking stuffer  yep roc      *   1:38:24 ()
the pumps and friends  hark the herald angels sing   Options va-winnipeg's rock & roll christmas vol 2          1:41:01 ()
dion  santa claus is coming to town   Options rock 'n' roll christmas      i really hope Joe Belock is listening    1:44:30 ()
the kinks  father christmas   Options mp3      the WFMU community comes through!    1:48:48 ()
buddy hackett  dear santa claus   Options           1:52:28 ()
the waitresses  christmas wrapping   Options va-ze xmas record reloaded  ze        2:01:12 ()
augie rios  donde esta santa claus   Options va-wcbs-fm ultimate christmas album vol 2          2:06:06 ()
little eva  i wish you a merry christmas   Options           2:08:55 ()
irwin chusid  santa claus is coming to town   Options va-stay free magazine presents the best & worst of xmas 2004      another instant request on WFMU!
for Dave in Morris City
  2:11:16 ()
trolley  holiday / christmas in the marketplace   Options star of wonder  easter  1997      2:14:41 ()
roy wood & wizzard  i wish it could be christmas every day   Options           2:25:49 ()
sit n' spin  santa claws   Options 7"  worrybird  1994      2:29:47 ()
the ravers  (it's gonna be a...) punk rock christmas   Options 7"  zombie  1977      2:31:58 ()
the impact  punk christmas   Options va-christmas crutch      another Joe McGasko compilation!    2:35:15 ()
swingin' neckbreakers  santa claus ain't comin' this year   Options 7"  norton  1999      2:37:35 ()
greg lake  i believe in father christmas   Options 7"  manticore  1975      2:44:43 ()
the greedies  a merry jingle   Options           2:48:25 ()
george harrison  ding dong   Options dark horse    1975      2:51:14 ()

Listener comments!

  Tue. 12/23/08 11:11pm superduper!:

NICE background!
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:12pm Amanda:

I know! I laughed out loud when I saw it. And I have to get deeper into Huey Lewis's early work, clearly.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:13pm efd:

hah... yeah, I have a mental block that Huey Smith <> Huey Lewis for some reason.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:18pm E.L.:

Holy hypno-background!

Merry Christmas to you, E.F.D., and all the late night listeners! Best of the best for the holidays!
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:23pm Amanda:

That was a NICE Run Rudolph Run.

Happy hols E.L.! I just saw a photo of your cats sniffing around a recycling bin overflowing with beer bottles.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:23pm tramshed:

Last years request is much win good sir.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:26pm E.L.:

Hey Amanda! Merry, merry!

That's definitely my cat. He parties hard.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:27pm john:

Thought I heard the dulcet tones of Kurtis Blow from the next room. Don't think I've heard this all season. And merry happy everybody!
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:29pm Therese:

must you bring that up?
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:30pm john:

Actually it was kind of endearing.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:40pm efd:

Therese, in all sincerity I was very impressed with how smoothly you handled that situation, especially on just your second or third show.

Here's some Monster Magnet for you.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:41pm efd:

E.L., where can we view this cat photo??
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:42pm Therese:

Aww, thanks!

And nothing says Christmas in Jersey like Monster Magnet.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:46pm efd:

I know this is not a very Christmas-y sentiment, but I am going to murder these CD players before the night is over.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:48pm celebrity neighbor:

For a second there I thought it was four minutes thirty three seconds by John Cage
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:50pm efd:

at the rate things are going it might come to that!
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:55pm E.L.:

Oop! Sorry I spaced out. You can see my party cats at www.postmodernfrog.blogspot.com. I'm writing addresses for Christmas cards while I'm listening. Nothing like waiting till the last minute!

Have you heard the Air Force Christmas PSAs from yule blog, EFD? I thought of you when I found those.
  Tue. 12/23/08 11:58pm john:

As long as you're talking baseball, on a sad note, RIP Dock Ellis. Pitched a no-hitter on acid, wrote a book with future poet laureate Donald Hall, latterly worked as substance abuse counselor and by all accounts a standup guy.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:00am E.L.:

Everybody Knows the Clause is turning into an EFD tradition! I luv it!
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:01am efd:

E.L., damn straight!!

John, hear hear on Dock Ellis. There was a nice feature on him last night on the Rachel Maddow show.
Plus, when you say his last name and first initial you get...
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:03am Michael K.:

THaNX for representing the Hanson X-mas SpiRit!!
They even did a charles brown song...
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:04am superduper!:

hanson could teach those jonas boys a thing or two.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:05am efd:

darn tootin', superduper!

Hi Michael! Nice to see you here!
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:07am E.L.:

Any chance of hearing from another Davies? I've been itchin' to hear Father Christmas by the Kinks.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:08am celebrity neighbor:

Plus one on Dock Ellis. He would have made north of $100 million if he played today (he won twenty games twice if I recall and won more than fifteen almost every year in his prime).
How about Slade's Xmas tune (the best of the lot in my opinion)?
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:08am john:

Thanks for the tip, I'll go dig up the Rachel Maddow feature on Ellis, D. Bucs were consistently the coolest team in baseball through the 70s, though my current quest to get Dave Parker into the Hall of Fame is doomed to failure. At least none of the voters I know buy my arguments.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:11am efd:

i've got the slade song right here, C.N.

E.L., I don't know why I don't have that Kinks single with me - I know I have it at home! grr... anyone know if it was a bonus track on any CD reissue?
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:13am john:

Velvel reissue of Misfits.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:13am therese:

I tore the library apart looking for that Kinks song on Friday. No luck.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:15am E.L.:

Thanks for looking anyway! I think it was on Misfits.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:27am john:

I'd still vote for Wizzard on the glam-ish front, though Lord knows you can't spend a day in London at this time of year without hearing it forty-seven times.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:27am efd:

wow, Father Christmas isn't even in the MP3 library! damn... Therese, I assume you checked for the 7"?
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:27am celebrity neighbor:

Rock on EFD. Rock on Noddy!
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:28am celebrity neighbor:

But John, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day is the best xmas tune ever--and are you saying you burned out on it hearing it forty times a day during the Xmas season?
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:30am Samthesnowman:

Dave Davies used to do "Father Christmas" in his live shows...perhaps there's a version on one of his 1990s/2000s comps or live albums?
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:31am Therese:

I was running short on time, so I didn't check for the 7"- I did check the Kinks LPs, CDs and MP3s though- no Father Christmas.

Also, I love Dolly Parton.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:34am john:

Father Christmas is really truly on the reissue of Misfits. Srsly. And CN-- I was in London last month for a week and in fact heard IWICBCE three hundred twenty-nine times. Totally the best Xmas rock song ever. I'd still trade 'em all for a decent choir singing In The Bleak Midwinter (the Darke setting, not Holst).
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:36am Celebrity Neighbor:

Sam you're right I think--I am pretty sure Father Christmas is on that Dave Davies album recorded at the Bottom Line
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:37am efd:

the problem is that the library is bereft of that Misfits reissue.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:38am E.L.:

Don't stress out about it, for real! Now I know what to get WFMU for Christmas.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:44am efd:

oh, i'm stressing out. you can't stop me!
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:49am E.L.:

Something to look forward to next year.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:51am efd:

don't give up hope so fast, Mr. E.L. The WFMU community is a generous one.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:51am john:

Dion. Greatest. Rock Vocalist. Ever.
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:52am efd:

i'm not sure i can express teh awesome of this song
  Wed. 12/24/08 12:54am E.L.:


  Wed. 12/24/08 12:58am efd:

first time in the history of online playlists that the Kinks' version of Father Christmas has been played on WFMU. Although I bet Glen Jones has played it.

I'll let the sender choose to reveal him/herself or not...
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:03am Sybil:

Yup, Glen Jones always plays that one. Or usually. Imagine, I can't recall if he did this past Sunday or not.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:04am Amanda:

Were you talking about Temple of the Dog, maybe? That "I'm Going "Hungry" song?
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:04am dave:

is the horrific grunge band you're thinking of temple of the dog?
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:04am dave:

  Wed. 12/24/08 1:06am efd:

THAT'S IT!! I knew I could count on you.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:07am Amanda:

Gridlock! 's ok, Dave!

I'm so happy to hear Christmas Wrapping, seriously.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:08am dave:

and again, amanda and i are in complete agreement.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:09am mary:

Yes, the Waitresses sound really ...fun.
I saw them sing this live and it was...fun. really.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:10am Amanda:

Dave, you mean you want to hear No Use For A Name's pop-punk cover of Fairytale of New York too?

That, or Dominick the Donkey.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:10am David in Morris Cty:

If you can, my favorite Holiday song...Irwin's version of Santa is coming to town
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:10am Sybil:

The line "the world's smallest turkey" always makes me think of the dinner scene in Eraserhead.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:13am Sybil:

OK, my browser is not updating comments for some reason. So I'm late catching this. BUT: Amanda, "No Use For A Name's pop-punk cover of Fairytale of New York " - if this exists, I *must* hear it!!!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:14am dave:

i think this is the third distinct version of 'donde esta santa claus' i've heard in the past two days. and every single one makes me go "OLÉ! OLÉ! OLÉ!"
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:15am efd:

there's a Charo version around here somewhere, but you can't beat the Augie Rios original!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:16am David in Morris Cty:

Yessssssss! Cool
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:17am efd:

as for "Fairytale of New York," I am probably the only person in the world who isn't really crazy for that song.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:17am john:

It had me at "on Pedro." Of course I was doing something else at the time, so I may have made that all up.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:19am Sybil:

Oh, I love Irwin.

There. I said it.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:19am Amanda:

Yep, I had a feeling... which is why I couched the request in pseudo-sarcasm

(Sybil -- that cover does exist, though!)
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:28am Sybil:

Re: Fairytale of New York: I like that Glen plays it every year at this time of year. When it finally comes on during his show I get choked up, every time. Just because it's Jonesy.

But it wouldn't work here. Context is everything. Here, "Donde esta santa claus" chokes me up.

But I still must hear this cover. I've found a youtube link. For later.

Latkes with salmon roe, anyone?
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:30am dave:

not only does the cover exist, it can be found in all its chunka-chunka-here-comes-the-4:15-pop-punk-express-a-rumblin'-down-the-tracks accordion-free goodness on your local youtubes.

with sparklers, no less.

... as can a live version of the original, complete with dubious hair, teeth, banjos, and sunglasses.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:31am john:

Oh, there's always room to hear Roy once more. Or forty-seven times if I were still in England.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:31am Gleb:

Hello from Russia!
In west of Russia now 9:30 AM
After 30 min I'm will go to college :)
Bye-bye, best greetings
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:34am efd:

hi Gleb! thanks for listening and commenting!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:34am Sybil:

Hey Gleb, I hope we've put you in the studying mood!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:36am Sybil:

I've just realized that I have earrings exactly like this background pattern! How cool is that!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:37am dave:

that sort of puts the lie to the claim that every snowflake is unique.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:39am efd:

haha Sybil, that's awesome.

Very funny, Dave.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:41am Amanda:

Haha! This is my fave Joe McG pick of this year.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:46am john:

Vote for ultimate punkish Xmas record--The Greedies' A Merry Jingle, w/Cook and Jones from the Sex Pistols plus, of all people, Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham of Thin LIzzy. Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas muddled together. What a grand mess!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:49am john:

To document:

  Wed. 12/24/08 1:50am Joe:

I WAS JUST gonna ask you to play this.

I've been obsessed with it all week. Go Greg Lake!

Thanks Ev, great show.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:51am efd:

the surface noise alone is enough to make a grown man cry...
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:51am Sybil:

OK, now I'm choked up for serious real.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:52am Joe:

I was gonna say.. the seven inch is just taking me back to sitting in front of my christmas tree with my dad's turntable in front of me.

Fuck, man. And I've been drinking eggnog and wrapping presents...
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:54am john:

Brilliant! Talk about Christmas miracles!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:55am efd:

you earned it, John!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:58am efd:

thanks for staying up late, everyone! safe and happy holidays to all!!
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:58am john:


Ahh, the Laryngitis Album. Always had a soft spot for it anyway.
  Wed. 12/24/08 1:59am Amanda:

Merry holidays, EFD community!
  Wed. 12/24/08 2:00am Joe:

Merry Funksmass to all, and to all a good Funk.
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