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Five for Friday – Five Festive Funnies

I started thinking about Christmas and my thoughts turned to great Christmas songs that nobody else seems to like, yet are among my favorites.  How can one go wrong with Dr. Demento, Stan Freberg, Weird Al, Spike Jones…? 

With that in mind, here’s a Five for Friday – Five Festive Funnies (and it’s only Tuesday):

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones & His City Slickers


The Singing Dogs’ Jingle Bells – Dr. Demento

I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevey

Green Christmas – Stan Freberg

Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

Enjoy!

100 One Hit Wonders of the 80’s (by VH1)

The VH1 Blog has listed the “100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.”  After reading the list, I’m thinking it’s a stretch to call them all hits.  Some are great, though.  See what you think:

Here’s #1 – Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Here’s the entire list (in VH1’s rank order):

1 Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”
2 Flock of Seagulls: “I Ran (So Far Away)”
3 A-Ha: “Take On Me”
4 Tommy Tutone: “867-5309 / Jenny”
5 Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
6 Toni Basil: “Mickey”
7 Modern English: “I Melt With You”
8 Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”
9 Kajagoogoo: “Too Shy”
10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: “Relax”
11 Gary Numan: “Cars”
12 Animotion: “Obsesssion”
13 Thomas Dolby: “She Blinded Me With Science”
14 Big Country: “In A Big Country”
15 Devo: “Whip It”
16 Nena: “99 Luft Balloons”
17 Men Without Hats: “The Safety Dance”
18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: “It Takes Two”
19 Dead or Alive: “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
20 Rockwell: “Somebody’s Watching Me”
21 Twisted Sister: “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
22 Michael Sembello: “Maniac”
23 Eddy Grant: “Electric Avenue”
24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “What I Am”
25 Musical Youth: “Pass the Dutchie”

26 Cutting Crew: “I Just Died In Your Arms”
27 Stacey Q: “Two of Hearts”
28 John Parr: “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”
29 Madness: “Our House”
30 The Vapors: “Turning Japanese”
31 Bobby McFerrin: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
32 Quarterflash: “Harden My Heart”
33 John Waite: “Missing You”
34 The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like”
35 Tom Tom Club: “Genius of Love”
36 Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men”
37 Lipps, Inc.: “Funkytown”
38 Bruce Willis: “Respect Yourself”
39 Matthew Wilder: “Break My Stride”
40 The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”
41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”
42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”
43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”
44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”
46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”
48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House”
53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”
54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”
55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”
56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”
57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”
58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”
59 The Outfield “Your Love”
60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”
61 E.U.: “Da Butt”
62 XTC: “Dear God”

63 Oran “Juice” Jones: “The Rain”
64 Robbie Dupree: “Steal Away”
65 Boomtown Rats: “I Don’t Like Mondays”
66 The Jeff Healy Band: “Angel Eyes”
67 Martika: “Toy Soldiers”
68 Peter Schilling: “Major Tom”
69 T’Pau: “Heart And Soul”
70 Harold Faltermeyer: “Axel F”
71 Jack Wagner: “All I Need”
72 Swing Out Sister: “Breakout”
73 Paul Hardcastle: “19″
74 Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”
75 Bertie Higgins: “Key Largo”
76 J.J. Fad: “Supersonic”
77 General Public: “Tenderness”
78 Aldo Nova: “Fantasy”
79 Alannah Myles: “Black Velvet”
80 Eddie Murphy: “Party All The Time”
81 Josie Cotton: “Johnny Are You Queer?”
82 Red Rider: “Lunatic Fringe”
83 Paul Lekakis: “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”
84 The Church: “Under The Milky Way”
85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers: “Tomorrow People”
86 Patrice Rushen: “Forget Me Nots”
87 Vixen: “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
88 Nik Kershaw: “Wouldn’t it Be Good”
89 Rodney Dangerfield: “Rappin’ Rodney”
90 Haircut 100: “Love Plus One”
91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson: “Friends And Lovers”
92 Frank Stallone: “Far From Over”
93 L.A. Guns: “The Ballad of Jayne”
94 Club Nouveau: “Lean On Me”
95 Midnight Oil: “Beds are Burning”
96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds: “Tuff Enuff”
97 Will To Power: “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”
98 Buckner & Garcia: “Pac-Man Fever”
99 Michael Damian: “Rock On”
100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne): “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

I’m hoping Alphainventions will like this.

Enjoy!

Absolutely, Under No Circumstances At All…

If you have ever been in a music store, you can’t shop for more than five minutes before someone picks up a guitar and begins playing… Stairway to Heaven, Sweet Child O’ Mine, or Smoke on the Water (be sure to click on the song titles to hear new unique different unusual versions of the songs).  There couldn’t be a more appropriate sign in a music store than the one below. 

It should be required in all music stores:

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I hope your holiday season is peaceful.

I really like Christmas songs.  Here is one of my favorites – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day!  Here are three excellent versions:

Casting Crowns:

Harry Belafonte:

Jars of Clay:

Enjoy!

Five for Friday – Great Christmas Songs

Our family enjoys Christmas music and we have it playing on our stereo from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, but these are the songs that (for various reasons) my wife won’t let me play during Christmas:

One of my all time favorites – David Bowie and Bing Crosby:

Bing (again), this time with White Christmas, which originated in the film Holiday Inn:

Karen Carpenter – an incredibly unique voice – singing Merry Christmas Darling:

Elvis – Blue Christmas (enough said):

Casting Crowns with Silent Night:

And a (Christmas) bonus – Relient K’s version of the 12 Days of Christmas:

Enjoy!

Two of the First Music Videos – EVER!

Here are a couple of (very) early concept videos (from the late 1920s).

Eddie Thomas and Carl Scott in the early days of music videos, playing Tomorrow/My Old Home.

and a bonus, just for fun.  I think it’s wonderful that this musical history has been preserved:

Enjoy!

A-Z Artists/Bands – Join in the Fun with Meme!

I happened across a version of this meme and decided to list a few of my favorite Artists/Bands from A-Z.

These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs by each of these artists, but I tried to find songs that were either well performed, unusual, or a version different from the one heard on the radio (yet, some are my favorite songs by that artist/band).  I’ve linked each artist/band to a YouTube video for your listening/viewing pleasure.

I would like to see your list, so be sure to link back if you decide to join in on the fun by creating your own list (no need to link to videos – that was just my way to kill some time on a day off).  Since the list is alphabetical, it seems that librarians and booksellers might find this enjoyable (no pressure Chartroose, Rebecca, Michael and Ann, and Stacy).  Of course, it is always good to hear from other friends as well.

Click on the artist or band to see and hear a song (be sure to check out Heart – it’s a great version of their song).  You might not recognize the names of all these artists, so click on their name to discover who they are:

Enjoy!