Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Friday Night Videos—The Early Edition :: The Kinks & Bowie/Crosby

Friday Night Videos & The Rhizomicon Christmas Blog

Merry Christmas to all, a tad early, since it makes more sense to post this now.  Here are some indie rock Christmas MP3s from Stereogum, 10 from Music Under Fireand the National Post has ten more, many of which can be downloaded for free, if this sort of stuff is your bag.  Oh, here's more from AudioMuffin & NME.  While I love the late Kirsty MacColl, you'll have to find "Fairytale of New York" with the Pogues on your own, as I've been burnt out on it for over a decade.  It's really easy to find, along with umpteen covers.

I've already blogged about my fave song here for this year which is Standard Fare's "Tinsel Politics"::

Another favourite is Everything But the Girl's "25th. of December" {See Grooveshark player below}::
"Have I enough time, have I just some time
to revisit, to go back, to return, to open my mouth again
and say something different this time."

Tonight's featured video is from 1977, The Kinks' "Father Christmas," although  I didn't hear this until the early/mid-80s.  Thumbing their noses at the commercialism of the holiday::

"Father Christmas, give us some money
We'll beat you up if you make us annoyed
Father Christmas, give us some money
Don't mess around with those silly toys

But give my daddy a job 'cause he needs one
He's got lots of mouths to feed
But if you've got one, I'll have a machine gun
So I can scare all the kids down the street

Father Christmas, give us some money
We got no time for your silly toys
We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over
We want your bread so don't make us annoyed
Give all the toys to the little rich boys"

The next video is the David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet of the "Little Drummer Boy."  I remember when I was a kid, the song wasn't one of my favourites.  I do remember the Christmas special::

I was old enough to remember the Bowie/Crosby duet from Christmas 1977, which was two months after Bing Crosby passed away on 14 October, so people were making a bid deal out of it.

That Christmas break, I remember the local ABC affiliate, KABC, showing the Beatles movies, A Hard Day's Night and Help.  There was also a lot of buzz for Saturday Night Fever::

On Christmas Day in 1977, I got a Tyco electric train for Christmas and remember heading to the beach in the afternoon.  I thought it rained that day in southern California and I was right.  A week before, The Sex Pistols were supposed to be on SNL a week before the holiday, but couldn't make it because the members' criminal records made visas a bit problematic.  Elvis Costello and the Attractions were touring North America and agreed to be the musical guest.  Elvis wanted to play "Radio Radio," but, allegedly, SNL producer Lorne Michaels thought "Radio Radio" was a bit too "anti-media," hence had concerns about the band playing the song.  So, the band was slated to play "Less than Zero" and started a few bars of the song, but it was a false start.  Elvis stopped the band and said, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here," and the band played "Radio Radio" {embeddable player doesn't work, so click on image for link in new window}::

Lorne Michaels threw a hissyfit and Elvis was banned from SNL until 1989.  Here's a list of the banned.

Twitterversion:: #FridayNightVideos early: Kinks' Father Christmas & Little Drummer Boy—Crosby/Bowie. Xmas'77! Also, links to indie xmas ♫.  @Prof_K

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