There Is No Cat

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Holly Hippodays

A couple of days ago, my friend Jay, knowing of my interest in all things Ukrainian, passed along a link to the lyrics of a song he heard on a Canadian radio station, "We Are Ukrainian Band", a piss-take on the moldy oldie by Grand Funk Railroad. I did a little poking around and found the actual audio of the song on that site, Twisted Tunes, which appears to be connected with a radio show run by a guy named Bob Rivers.

I also discovered the perfect Christmas music channel on XM Radio, Special-XMas (the Christmas version of their sadly online-only auditties channel, Special-X), specializing in playing offbeat, unusual and funny Christmas music, whether it be surf music versions of Christmas carols, parodies of the Chipmunks (surprisingly and frighteningly ubiquitous), or oddball oldies like Spike Jones' version of "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)", long a family favorite thanks to its appearance on a four LP set of Christmas music from Reader's Digest that was the backbone of family celebrations. As someone who looks forward to the Christmas compilation of seasonal weirdness sent out by a friend of mine every year, this station seems custom programmed for me. I haven't heard yet if they have a copy of that timeless chestnut, "Honky the Christmas Goose".

So it was interesting to note that quite a few of the tracks on Special-XMas were done by Bob Rivers, like "The Twisted Chipmunks Song" and "Toy Sack" (think B-52s). Sure enough, you can find a whole section with dozens of Rivers' take on Christmas on the Twisted Tunes site. Okay, it's not quite as much fun as the unintentionally funny songs the season inspires, but still, not bad. Go wild, and have a happy holiday.

Posted at 4:25 AM


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