kbc xmas 1999
Compiled by Ken Croatman with lots of help
Rumor has it that this could be the last of the KBC Radio Xmas Tapes. Now before you get all misty on me here, it's only because current plans call for a KBC Radio Xmas CD or two in the technical vastness of the Future. Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the annual assault and I'm going to try to devote it to the Best of All Xmas Songs. Could be quite a project. I seriously doubt that I can hold it down to one CD, or a even roomfull of them. If you have any suggestions for inclusion, please don't hesitate to let me know.
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JINGLE BELLS Steve McDonald
More of those British crazies getting upsot on a one-horse open sleigh. An earthy way to begin, wot?
JINGLE BELL ROCK Beatmas
MERRY XMAS LUPE LU Kaisers
JESUS’ BIRTHDAY Bob Rivers
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Bob Rivers. He's the producer, engineer and does lots of the writing. Other than that I don't know why he's got this whole setup named for him.
WINTER WONDERLAND Fleming & John
COCKROACHES (with Santa Hats On) Bondurant & Lobo
Quick! Name that riff!
MELE KALIKIMAKA Reel Big Fish
12 PACK OF XMAS Slant 6 & Jumpstarts
SANTA’S GONNA KICK YOUR ASS Arrogant Worms
Rudolph too. The Arrogant Worms (Travis Strong, Chris Patterson and Mike McCormick) are to their funny fellow Canadians This is from "Christmas Turkey" (1997) which is one of the better original Xmas things I've been able to find.
I WAS A TEENAGE REINDEER Jim Backus / Daws Butler
Daws Butler was the voice of every other Hanna-Barbera character. Jim Backus needs no introduction. This one cashes in on the whole Teenager thing of the 50's and 60's
NIGHT BEFORE 7th DAY OF HANUKKAH Ron Kodin
Yet another take on the old chestnut. I've always wanted to collect all the different versions of this for posterity. It's amazing the variety of ways people have twisted it around.
OLD FATSO Four Aces
SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS BBC Dance Orch.
One of the truly great bands of the 30's, the BBC Dance Orch. was conducted by Henry Hall and had lots of work on the BBC Radio. Featured here are Dan Donovan & Chorus
COWBOY SANTA CLAUS Bill Lacey
SANTA’S ANALYST Chris Clay
The genre that refuses to die: the cut-in record. Two excruciating sides for you in an audio lump of coal.
OH YOU SILVERY BELLS Peerless Quartet
Someday people are really going to miss the purity of 78's. From the days when there were no overdubs, no mixing, no fidelity. Often recorded in someone's living room. Talk about your ambient warmth! And you only had one take!
JINGLE BELL ROCK George Acosta
I guess this is Hip-Hop. From a CD called Acid Xmas. Is this what kids are dancing to today? About time they showed some taste
I DID IT FOR THE TOYS Dance Hall Crashers
Dance Hall Crashers are mostly Elyse Rogers and Karina Denike on vocals. From "Rock for Choice" benefit on [Columbia, 1996].
DECORATING YOU Bethaney
For those of us whose fashion statement is limited to "Huh?" Bethaney is Bethaney Saffold. Recorded in Garfield NJ and taken from "A Very Indie Xmas" [Pop Goes the World, 1996].
TOY SACK Bob Rivers
ALL I WANT FOR XMAS Max Vlahovich
COME ON SANTA Grave Robbers
OPEN ME FIRST Tammy Whynot
I don't know who she is and I don't care, she's for me! Every year there's one song that's just too amazing to leave out. This is the one.
THE LAST 12 DAYS OF THE WORLD Lost Xmas
Deceptive title and deceptive artist, vocals are credited to Emily Bindiger. CD is called "Lost Xmas Volume 1: The Girls". If you find Volume 2, let me know. One question: what's with the birds?
WHITE HOT XMAS Kelly House & Jeff Colby
From a three track stinker of the same name from Hazmat Records PO Box 38, Northampton MA 01061,
BLUE XMAS Eilert Pilarm
This Swede claims it was Elvis who pulled him through a bout of alcoholism and drug abuse, so naturally he's devoting his life to the King. I'm sure Elvis would be the first to say "No, that's OK man." I can't help but think he sang better on a mean bender.
SANTA CLAUS BOOGIE Hasil Adkins
Hasil the one-man band is a by-product of the West Virginia coal mines. A genuine original. Write to him (he can read!) at Shake It Records 4136 Florida Ave Cincinnati OH 45223 or his Fan Club
PADDED CELLS Devon Henderson
In the grand tradition of Spivey, Gracie Fields, Beatrice Lillie and Dorothy Parker with a splash of Johnny Walker.
JINGLING BELLS Miss Sza’vee
In the Tradition of Lucia Pamela, Minnie Pearl, Belle Barth and Florence Foster Jenkins with a touch of schizophrenia
XMAS IN IGNACE Arrogant Worms
Write to them, they won't bite 2255B Queen St. E, Suite 214, Toronto ON M4E 1G3 Canada. Or: www.arrogant-worms.com
ALL THE MACHINES WILL STOP Eyeball Hurt & Medicine
In 1996 these two Winnipeggers saw the Y2K mess coming and wrote this song. That's right - the calibrators won't be calibrating! Me, I don't really believe there's going to be a Y2K problem, but just in case I'm wrong...
SHERBURNE Sacred Harp Singers
So if is something to this Y2K business I offer up this one to whoever's pulling the strings. I wanted to close out the Century with something of beauty. I am most definitely not a religious person, but I honestly like Gospel music, and I'm especially crazy about Shaped Note, which is a type of gospel singing that relies more on syllables than words (not unlike Punk Rock or the Supremes). Thanks for making it to the end. See you next year.