From 1963 to 1969 The Beatles recorded Christmas singles especially for their fanclub. They were mostly about 6-8 minutes long and were released as 7 inch flexidiscs. Needless to say, they are all valuable collectors items. Listen to each in reverse chronological order below:
John and Yoko in their home, Ringo plugs “The Magic Christian” and Paul sings “This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas.”
Collage: “Happy Christmas, Happy New Year,” John’s “Jock & Yono” poem and “Once Upon a Pool Table.”
1967 “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”
John’s poem “When Christmas Time is Over” and Beatles’ Christmas original “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”
1966 “Everywhere it’s Christmas”
“Everywhere It’s Christmas,” “Orowanya,” “Please Don’t Bring Your Banjo Back” and mini-play “Podgy the Bear and Jasper Visit Felpin Mansions.”
“Yesterday,” “Happy Christmas to Ya List’nas,” “Auld Land Syne,” the Four Top’s “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Christmas Comes But Once a Year.”
“Jingle Bells” and “Can You Wash Your Father’s Shirts?”
Goofing around with “Good King Wenceslas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”…
Here’s some more Fab Four Christmas jingle jangle –
In 1963 The Beatles recorded a ”happy crimble”‘ medley for Brian Matthew’s BBC radio show.
George’s “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” and Ringo’s “Pax Um Biscum”
Paul’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” covered by Tom Mcrae … and Hillary Duff!
John’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” has been covered by everyone from Celine Dion to U2 to Pavarotti…
Read about and listen to “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” here.
Name That Holiday Tune #7
Every Monday-Friday until Christmas a new video is posted on this blog and at youtube/psychexfutureheart with unidentified holiday music. If you can name the tunes and the artists performing them in the comment section below before anyone else, you could win cool prizes from Dwelling Spaces.
The first six videos have all been identified, but you can still play along for fun. Click these links to watch #1, #2, #3, #4 or #5. You can also hear them all in this nearly 14-hours-long holiday music/ video playlist or at youtube/psychexfutureheart.
Video #7 is below!
Today’s video is a mega-mix of “outsider music” cult figures like Daniel Johnston and Sonic Boom doing the holly jolly. It is 7 songs for 7 points. Note that some of the tracks are not the full songs.
More info, rules and prize details are here. Remember, you must “like” facebook/DwellingSpaces and facebook/TheFutureHeart for your submission to count.
Winner will be announced tomorrow (so keep guessing ’til then…)
…and follow twitter/FutureHeartDay for updates, other hints, and miscellaneous holly jolly…
Daniel Johnston – Rock Around the Christmas Tree
Klaus Nomi – Silent Night
Westley Willis – Merry Christmas
Dean & Britta + Sonic Boom – Old Toy Trains
Spectrum – Santa Claus
Sonic Youth – Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope
The Fall – (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
Rock Around the Christmas Tree – Daniel Johnston
Silent Night – Klaus Nomi
Merry Christmas – Wesley Willis
All Dressed Up – Damien Rice
Santa Claus – Spectrum
Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope – Sonic Youth
(We wish you) A Protien Christmas – The Fall
well…late AND wrong….damn you work….keepin me from winnin’ a T-Shirt! ;)