Sunday, July 20, 2008

2000 Playlist

The 2000 playlist:

1.) 2000 intro
My usual intro with the Flat Duo Jets on "Jingle Bells".

2.) The Jack Benny Show - Jack buys Rochester's Christmas present
Taken from a VHS compilation of Hollywood Christmas. Jack Benny and Rochester always makes me laugh.

3.) Seymour Swine - Blue Christmas
This Porky Pig soundalike (voiced by Denny Brownlee on the John Boy & Billy radio show in 1980) remains one of the funniest Christmas novelty tunes ever. Has this ever been released on CD?

4.) Bob Marley & The Wailers - White Christmas
Extremely rare Christmas track with Marley on lead and Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer on backup vocals.

5.) The Dating Game - Andy Kaufman as Latka is asked a Christmas dating question
This was the same Christmas "Man In The Moon" with Jim Carrey was in theaters. Appropriate.

6.) Louis Prima - Shake Hands With Santa Claus
I bought this Prima CD and didn't realize it had a Christmas track on it - BONUS!

7.) Justin Wilson - Randolph The Rouge Nosed Reindeer
Before his stint as "The Cajun Cook", Wilson had quite the recording career - including this Christmas album that I reviewed.

8.) Gary Owens - Preparation H Christmas commercial (edited)
Found this at The Daily WAV - it's not the full version though (see 2007 below).

9.) George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Rock-N-Roll Christmas
Wicked song from Thorogood - it's a shame this isn't played more often at Christmas.

10.) Rick Holmstrom - Sleigh Ride
Great instrumental from a very underrated Christmas CD.

11.) Frank Sinatra - Christmas Seals Theater PSA (Excerpt)
A rare 1955 theater short that has Frank asking you to give. "Thanks from F.S. for C.S.!"

12.) The Sinatra Family - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Tina, Frank Jr., and Nancy Jr. all take turns describing what they're giving to Dad for Christmas... oy!

13.) Dean Martin - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
This is from the 1998 compilation - since then, there's been about 10 more Dino Christmas CDs.

14.) The Beach Boys - Auld Lang Syne
I'm not the biggest Beach Boy fan in the world but their trademark harmonies are the featured attraction on this song.

15.) Track 15
A track made especially for this CD, this recaps tracks 1-14. If this was a Christmas tape, you'd have to switch from side A to side B.

16.) The Beatles - Christmas Greetings (12-20-63)
We get Christmas wishes from each of the boys and a reworking of "Happy Birthday" for Christmas.

17.) The Beatles - The Beatles' Christmas Record
Their first fan-club Christmas message recorded on October 17, 1963 during a break from their first album. The very next song they recorded after this message? "I Want To Hold Your Hand"... yeah, yeah, yeah!

18.) Rubber Band - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Sung to the rhythms of "I Saw Her Standing There". From one of the first (and best) Beatles-soundalike Christmas albums out there.

19.) A Charlie Brown Christmas - Schroeder plays Beethoven Christmas music
"This is the music I've selected for the Christmas play." We segue into...

20.) The Hampton String Quartet - The Chipmunk Song
A full-blown string quartet playing Alvin, Simon, and Theodore's signature tune. Classy.

21.) Woody Phillips - Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
Not sure if Tchaikovsky had a drill press, ratchet set, vacuums or a bag of nails in mind when he wrote this.

22.) Jack Webb - U.S. Navy Christmas PSA
This was one of the first albums I ever won off eBay. If it's Webb and Christmas, count me in.

23.) Julie London - I'd Like You For Christmas
The former Mrs. Webb died in 2000 and this track was dedicated to her memory.

24.) Dodie Stevens - Merry, Merry Christmas Baby
I love the wailin' saxophone on this record from 1960. Great follow-up to Ms. London.

25.) Eddie G - Christmas Travelogue bumper
A sampling from the godfather of homemade Christmas comps.

26.) Jim Reeves - The Merry Christmas Polka
My father-in-law lent me his copy of this CD for this one track. Thanks Ed.

27.) Various Artists - O Christmas Tree
Christmas music always takes on even more warmth when played on unusual instruments - in this case, the steel drums.

28.) 2000 playlist rundown
I give the playlist very much like what I just typed out...

29.) Elvis Presley - Christmas Message From Elvis / Silent Night
The last song always and forever is "Silent Night" - Elvis thanks you for listening and sings.

30.) 2000 outro
This was how we informed our family & friends that we were expecting child #2 - listen for yourselves.

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