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THE ROCKOLLECTIONS 2010 CHRISTMAS PARTY PT.1

As I write this on a late Monday evening, it is snowing here in New York City.
Perfect for the opening chapter of our annual Christmas Party!
However I don't feel like writing, as I have one eye looking out the window waiting for enough snow to stick so I can go out and throw snowballs- those of my friends reading this and who know me, understand the complete truthfulness of that, lol!
It's what I do.
So in short here's what I have for you.
A pretty damn good opening set of kicking Rock & Roll.
I always try to play the different Christmas songs, the ones you don't hear on predictable radio.
Yet there are some enduring classics that I may want to play too, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun with them.
That will be case in the next set.
Then I have something new this year, which MAY become another tradition for this show.
The Dreaded Christmas Song!
I say it MAY become a tradition because I don't know if I can find a song every year that is as awful as the one I have chosen this year.
But I'll bet I can, lol!
I'll ride this Dreaded Christmas Song only to the break, sparing you the pain of hearing it in its entirety.
All things considered, I am very satisfied with this opening salvo for our Christmas Party.
And I think you will be too.
Here's the link to a lot of pleasure and a little pain, lol, at WLSO.FM:

Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 15, 2010 at 9:14pm

Mr. Neville turns into 6 syllables.

I didn't notice.

But I like Neville's singing over the years, he's been around forever.

Whereas Bobby Vee has a thin voice to begin with, and he was trying to...I don't know what the hell he was trying to do on that song, lol!

I'll listen again, but there are so many other true Dreadeds out there already.

Mike

 

 

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 15, 2010 at 4:09pm

How in the world can you handle the one syllable notes that Mr. Neville turns into 6 syllables???  And can he sing that any more nasally??? :-)

Comment by Mike Pell on December 15, 2010 at 3:38pm
Scott, I remember that one vaguely, it is New Romeo and either I don't have it or it's not readily available to me.
I have CD's of the 80's I haven't played yet, so it could be on one of them.
Just listened to it on Youtube, so you can find it there.
That was just around the time I was getting fed up with listening to the radio.
Around 10 or more years later I started listening to my old records and tapes, and maybe 2 or 3 specialty or college radio shows, just to make up for my lost time.
Mike

 

Comment by Scott on December 15, 2010 at 3:20pm

oh man, I am soooo behind n your shows!  I caught the Soutside Johnny note. Ive been looking for a tune he did in the 80's I think it is titled "New Romeo" or somethiong like that.  I can't fond it anywhere!  Since you appear a big fan, do you have any ideas?  Or I am copmpletely off base....

Comment by Mike Pell on December 15, 2010 at 3:11pm
RJ,
And even MORE Christmas music coming, lot more, lol!
Oh man it is cold here- with gusty winds making it really bad.
I did a show on Southside Jonny & Asbury Jukes a while back, oddly I have probably seen them in concert more than any other group- that song just hit me as a good way to begin.
Over the years I have started with a non-Christmas song a few times.
Fats could be a snowman, lol!
There ya go,  fresh Christmas music, that's what I want, with a few old sentimental ones in there too.
I like George Thorogood a LOT- saw him once on Halloween.
The Little Drummer Boy Next Door is funny, too bad you say Ray Stevens kinda phones it in at concerts.
That set was an easy one, thought of it the moment I saw that original Little Drummer Boy on a CD.
Ringo came instantly to mind- he rocks on that one, and those bagpipes fill your head with sound.
Yes, the more I think about it The Dreaded Christmas Song should become a tradiition.
I've already thought of a few years worth- those Singing Dogs, I hated that, lol!
Now this may shock you, but I liked that Aaron Neville song- you gotta find worse than that, like the Bobby Vee one I had, lol!
You just don't like Christmas music, you Grinch!
Have some interesting things for you on the next episode later tonight.
One segue I am very proud of, involving an hysterical dialogue into a rocking song.
Gonna fight you every inch till you come over to the Good Side, lol,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 14, 2010 at 10:07am

Mike,

 

It's not snowing in Augusta, but it's cold as *&%!  More Christmas music, huh?  This is what I think:

 

I had not heard the songs Having A Party or Fats Domino's version of Frosty The Snowman (Fats really sounds like a snowman here), and it was cool to hear some fresh Christmas music.  Also the George T. song Rock And Roll Christmas was new to me.  I'm not much of a fan of his, but I did enjoy that song.

 

I like what you did with the Little Drummer Boy segment.  The first version I've heard, but not the last two.  The Little Drummer Boy Next Door cracked me up.  I've always thought Ray Stevens was cool, but I did see him in Branson in 1993 and was totally unimpressed with the live show.  But his studio stuff is where it's at for me.   And I really, really dug Ringo Starr's version, especially the bagpipes.  That's cool.

 

I think the "dreaded Christmas song" should definitely be a regular feature.  And wouldn't you know it, I have a nomination for a future show:

 

 

 

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