Dec 25th, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
We at YLFH would like to wish everyone out there a happy and healthy Holiday Season and a happy 2017. Our 4hr finale specatular is being presented without interruption (....ok just one little break). Hope you enjoyed the 2016 edition of The Yule Log From Hell! We will be back in 2017!!!!!
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year/Christmas Waltz – Sandi Patty
- Silent Night – Chewbacca
- Christmas Time – Aimee Mann/Michael Penn
- It’s Christmas Time – George Shearing
- O Come All Ye Faithful – Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
- Santa Claus Came in the Spring – Sackville All Stars
- Carols Those Kids Love to Sing – The Statler Brothers
- What Christmas Means to Me – The Shirleys
- Christmas at the Opry – Archie Campbell
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Brian Slawson
- Glad Tidings of Great Joy – Rick Webb Family
- Drummer Boy – Singing Echoes
- Saving Christmas – Building 429
- Angels We Have Heard On High – Kenny Rankin/Laurence Juber
- Miz Fogarty’s Christmas Cake – John Tomsen
- One Little Tree – Longines Symphonette Society
- Calypso Noel – US Navy Band
- Do They Know It’s Christmas (12” version) – Band Aid
- Nothing for Christmas Polka – Alan Valish and his Orchestra
- I’ll Be Missing You (under the mistletoe) – Bonnie Guitar
- Carol of the Bells – Mr. Jack Daniels’ Original Silver Cornet Band
- I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Beegie Adair Trio
- You Lose, Mr. Scrooge – X-mas Balls
- Christmas On the Prarie/Cowboy Carol – Michael Landon/Robert Wagner Chorale & Orchestra
- 12 Days of Christmas – Moog Machine
- Jolly Old St. Nicholas – New American Guitar Ensemble
- Christmas Feeling – Merrymen
- Joy to the World – Chet Baker
- Christmas Presents – Soloman Burke
- Last Embers of Christmas – Frank Leahy
- Selections from “The Nutcracker” – The Carpenters
- That’s What I Want For Christmas – Nancy Wilson
- On Christmas Morning – Benni Sings/Clara Hill
- Christmas – Bi-2
- 8 Days of Hanukkah – Childrens Chorus
- Oh Hanukkah – Jack Brokensha Quartet
- I’m Spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica – Tom Lehrer
- Burn – The Maccabeats
- All I Want for Hanukkah is Marilyn Monroe – Lou Menchel and his Mambonicks
- Dreidle – Don McLean
- Hanukkah oh Hanukkah – Barnaked Ladies
- Hanukkah Hey Ya – Smooth-E
- The First Snowfall – Bing Crosby
- (Fa La La La) It’s Christmas Time – Care Bears
- Sing We All At Christmas Time – Chicago Swedish Glee Club
- You a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Coral Egan
- Ding Dong Merrily on High – Julie Andrews
- Christmas in the Big House – They Might Be Giants
- All I Want For Christmas – Timbuk3
- A Joyous Time of Year – Marty Feldman
- The First Noel – The Fab Four
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle – Dora Bryan
- Wonderful Christmas Time – Abbey Road Xmas Ensemble
- Chistmas Time is Here – Jack Lezzro/Beegie Adair
- Merry Xmas! Jesus Holy, Born So Lowly – Yerzmyey
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ray Charles/Betty Carter
- Merry Christmas from Scotland – Laurie Cameron
- Ke Aloha Lalikemaka (the Spirit of Christmas) – Kealii Reichel
- Lou Christmas – Mojochronic
- Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – Spotnicks
- Christmas Alphabet Medley – Spike Jones
- All I Want for Christmas – Vic & Nick
- Mambo Santa Mambo – The Bobs
- Snow-Ride – Eugene Ettore/Louis Scalera
- Six Tons of Toys – Dave Dudley
- Let Us Sing Auld Land Syne – Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians
- Elvis Won’t Be Here For Christmas – Linda Hughes
- A Ride on Santa’s Sleigh – Peter Wood Singers
- Still In The Mood For Christmas – Fancy
- Christmas Bop – T.Rex
- The Bell That Wouldn’t Jingle – Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass
- Christmas Spirit Catcher – Sufjan Stevens
- Christmas is Kissing – Vic Varney/Strange Attractors
- Swinging Sleigh Bells – Marv Meredith and his Orchestra
- If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas – John McDonough
- Santa’s Little Helpers – Rotary Connection
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Brady Bunch
- A Christmas Poem – Jack Webb
- Sleigh Ride – Andrew Heller
© 2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Dec 23rd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
This episode is dedicated to all of those we lost during the past year. May they all rest in peace. This episode is presented without any interruption and we have dispensed with the usual format. Please enjoy this musical tribute to those departed.
- The Christmas Song – Natalie Cole (w/Nat King Cole) 1950-2015
- Funky Christmas – The Whispers – Nicholas Caldwell 1944-2016
- Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles – Glenn Frey 1948-2016
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Paul Kantner 1941-2016
- Happy Seasons – Earth Wind & Fire – Maurice White 1941-2016
- Santa As Seen on TV – Christmas Jug Band – Dan Hicks 1941-2016
- Christmas Time Is Here Again – The Beatles – Sir George Martin 1926-2016
- Captain Starship Christmas – Keith Emerson 1944-2016
- Some Children See Him – Frank Sinatra Jr. 1944-2016
- Christmas is Here – Daryl Coley 1955-2016
- Turkey Lurkey Time – Promises, Promises 1968 Broadway Cast – Ken Howard 1944-2016
- Guideposts for Christmas – Patty Duke 1946-2016
- Grandma’s Homemade Christmas Card – Merle Haggard 1937-2016
- Every Day Is Like A Holiday – Leon Haywood 1942-2016
- Snowflakes are Dancing – Isao Tomita 1932-2016
- Happy Holidays – Ohio Players – Marshall “Rock” Jones 1941-2016
- Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Mack Rice 1933-2016
- Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley – Scotty Moore 1931-2016
- Early On One Christmas Morn – Bruce Cockburn / Rob Wasserman 1952-2016
- My Christmas Card to You – Marni Nixon 1930-2016
- Christmas You Go So Fast – Matthew Bogart – Vinyl (TV show) 2016
- Jingle Bell Rock – Pete Fountain 1930-2016
- Jingle Bells – Toots Thielemans 1922-2016
- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – Don Patterson – Rudy Van Gelder (engineer) 1924-2016
- Not So Merry Christmas – Bobby Vee 1943-2016
- Back Door Santa – The Black Crowes – Eddie Harsch 1957-2016
- Hallelujah – Vocal Majority – Leonard Cohen 1934-2016
- Slipping Into Christmas – Leon Russell 1942-2016
- 8 Days of Hanukah – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 1956-2016
- My Favorite Things – Florence Henderson 1934-2016
- Bailout Santa – Alan Thicke 1947-2016
- I Believe In Father Christmas (Eurodance version) – Greg Lake 1947-2016
- Another Lonely Christmas – Prince 1958-2016
- Pure Imagination – Gene Wilder 1933-2016
- Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth – Bing Crosby / David Bowie 1947-2016
© 2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Dec 16th, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
2016 has been a year of firsts including the first African-American Santa! This episode is dedicated to the man himself. The one and only Santa Claus!!!!!!
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Lynne Fiddmont
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – 5 For The Gospel
- Ol’ Saint Nicholas – Doris Day
- Santa Copped a ‘Tude – The Stools
- Santa – Lenny Dee w/The Anita Kerr Singers
- Santa, No Chimney - The Osmond Brothers
- Santa’s Saint – Red Holton
- Dear Santa (bring me a man this Christmas) – The Weather Girls
- Shake Santa Shake – Zendaya
- I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus – Amy Winehouse
- Santa’s Got An Airplane – The Beach Boys
- Little Saint Nick – The Hollyridge Strings
- The Man With All The Toys – Brian Wilson
- Santa Baby – Mimi Hines w/Ray Martin and his Orchestra
- Minnie and Santa – Cyndi Lauper
- Red Cheeks and White Whiskers – Blue Baron and his Orchestra
- Santa’s Polka – Brave Combo
- Will Santa Come To Shanty Town – Eddy Arnold
- Jolly Old Saint Nicholas – Will Kennedy’s Stereo Orchestra
- Be A Santa – Mitch Miller and the Gang
- Christmas Dragnet (Yulenet) – Stan Freberg/Daws Butler
- I Don’t Believe In Santa – Neil Innes
- Because I’m Santa – The Dollyrots
- Captain Santa (and his Reindeer Space Patrol) – Bobby Helms
- Santa and the Doodle-li-boop – Sam Ulano
- Xmas Crus – Home Grown
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – The Platter
- The Man With The Bag – She & Him
- Santa Bring Me Baby Back To Me – The Smithereens
- Must Be Santa – Leann Rhimes
- Sleigh Ride – Doc Severensen & his Orchestra
© 2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Dec 9th, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
Compiled by C&A Droz/C. Sibley
Edited and Produced by K. Droz
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Michael W. Smith
- Good “Swing” Wenceslas – The Count Basie Orchestra
- Yabba-Dabba Yuletide – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Hoth Version) – Kirby Crackle featuring the Doubleclicks
- Mele Kalikimaka – Seth McFarlane
- Please Come Home for Christmas – Darius Rucker
- I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek – The GoGos(UK)
- Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel – The Piano Guys
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town – McFly
- Let it Be Christmas – Alan Jackson
- Christmas Wrapping – Kylie Minogue/Iggy Pop
- Jingle Bell Rock – Restless Heart
- Merry Christmas Baby – Rod Stewart/Cee Lo Green
- Hot Chocolate – Recess Monkey
- Happy Xmas (war is over) – Christina Perri
- The Four Seasons: Winter 1st Movement – Venice Baroque Orchestra
- An Old Fashion Christmas – The Carpenters
- Christmas Time Is Here – Brooke White
- The Christmas Waltz (alt version) – Frank Sinatra
- Deck The Halls – Mitch Miller & the Gang
- Ding Dong Merrily on High – Jackie Evancho
- Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (Welcome to Our World/River Bottom Nightmare Band) – The Hellblinki Sextet
- I Missed You Christmas – train
- River – Bassix
- Merry Christmas – Chick Corea / Gale Moran
- Ring Dem Bells – Lionel Hampton
- Claus – Anna Wilson
- Midnight Sleighride – Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra
- Barefoot Santa – Sonny James
- Let Me Sleep (it’s Christmas Time) – Scala & Kolacny Brothers
- Sleigh Ride – Oliver Poole
©2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Dec 2nd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
note - The Yule Log From Hell holds no political affiliation. It's all in good fun and in the holiday spirit.
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Dionne Warwick
- I Folking Love Christmas – Isaac and the Bee Keepers
- Everywhere It’s Christmas – Bucko & Champs
- Christmas Is With Us Again – Des O’Connor
- Siberian Sleigh Ride – Raymond Scott Quintet
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Manfred Mann
- Hark, The Herald Angels Sing – Westfield Chorus & Orchestra
- Rockin’ Santa Claus – The Martells
- I Love The Winter Weather – Tony Bennett
- Christmas Is Here – JJ Heller
- How Lovely is Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Home For The Holidays – Joey Defrancesco
- A Hymn For The Nativity – Stephen Layton/Polyphony
- The 12 Days of Christmas – John McCarthy Chorale
- The Hat I Got For Christmas (is too beeeg) – Mel Blanc
- Christmas Time is Here – Lauren Daingle
- Jingle Bell Polka – The Modernaires
- Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday – Sweet Inspirations
- Kidnap the Sandy Claws (demo) – Danny Elfman
- Santa Claws is Coming to Town – Alice Cooper/Vinnie Appice/Billy Sheehan
- Sausage and Sauerkraut for Santa – Pala Brothers Orchestra
- Old Time Christmas Stories – Walter Brennan
- Deck The Halls – The Everly Brothers
- Christmas Dreaming – Frank Sinatra
- A Five Pound Box of Money – Pearl Bailey
- As With Gladness Men of Old – Christmas in England
- Winter Wonderland (alt take) – Dean Martin
- Feliz Navidad – Hagood Hardy
- Oh Tannenbaun – Der Belefelder Kinder Chor
- At The Christmas Ball – Turk Murphy
- Jul del Cool – McEiner
© 2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Nov 25th, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
With all the craziness going in the past year let's get back on track! Time to get our YULE on! #LetsMakeAmericaYuleAgain
- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Kylie Minogue
- The Very Best Time of the Year – Michael Crawford
- White Christmas – Jimmy McGriff
- If We Make it Through December – Joey & Rory
- The Christmas Tree – The Four Aces
- Merry Christmas Baby – Frankie Valli/Jeff Beck
- Hallelujah (Light Has Come) – BarlowGirl
- Swing Them Jingle Bells – Fats Waller
- Merry Christmas Waltz – Gordon McRae
- To Christmas – Straight No Chaser
- What I Didn’t Get For Christmas – Jimmy Buffett
- You Ain’t Getting Diddly Squat for Christmas – Heyward Banks
- I’m Getting Sued By Santa Christmas – Bill Engvall
- I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas – Bobby Stewart
- Nothing But Tears (Under My Christmas Tree) – Thee Fine Lines
- Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree) – Butterbeans & Susie
- No Christmas for Me – Zee Avi
- How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly
- Trapped Under Your Christmas Tree – New Idea Society
- I Was Thinking About Cleaning Up For Christmas – Aimee Mann
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Home Free
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies – We Three Sings
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Take 6
- We Three Kings/The Holly & the Ivy/La Peregrinacion – Swingle Singers
- Away In A Manger – Nat “King” Cole
- Riu Riu Chiu – Harry Christopher’s The Sixteen
- My Grown Up Christmas List – Manhattan Transfer
- Carol of the Bells – The Blenders
- Hold Out For Christmas – Rockapella
- All I Want For Christmas is You – NOTA
- Sleigh Ride – Pentatonix
© 2016 While-U-Were-Out Productions
Nov 22nd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
iYule Part 2
1) Station ID – Wilson Wilbury (Jeff Lynne): From the DJ only 2LP set “Winter Warnerland”
2) Merry Christmas, You Suckers – Paddy Roberts: The first time I heard this song was on the Dr Demento Show. It took me 10 years to track down a good copy of this.
3) Greensleeves – Vince Guaraldi Trio: This is an alternate take from the most recent remastered CD “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
4) Jing Jingaling – Honey &the Bees: This Philly girl group had a couple of minor hits in the 70’s.
5) Winter Wonderland – Christmas Accordians: Why it took me so long to include any accordion music on the YLFH is beyond me.
6) Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Margaret Whittig/Johnny Mercer: This version, while one of the most recognizable, always gets credited to Bing Crosby & Doris Day.
7) So Here It Is, Merry Christmas – Slade: This band made more money penning songs for other groups than themselves (having written “Cum On Feel The Noize” for Quiet Riot in the 80’s)
8) Tiajuana Christmas – George Garabedian: These records were sold exclusively at Phillips66 gas stations in the 60’s and 70’s.
9) Christmas Trumpets – Ray Anthony: Having made his mark on the big band scene in the 40’s & 50’s it’s amazing to note that he is still making music today (at the age of 86).
10) Marche (from the Nutcracker Suite) – 101 Strings: This is probably one of the first Christmas albums I ever owned.
11) Jingle Bombs – Achmed the Dead Terrorist (Jeff Dunham): This ventriloquist extraordinaire has a new Christmas DVD out. It is damn funny!
12) I Believe in Father Christmas – Honeymoon Suite: As if 3 versions from Greg Lake weren’t enough.
13) On Christmas Night – Handbell Ringers of Great Britain: Thanks to the folks over at falalalala.com for this little gem.
14) Christmas Everyday – Smokey Robinson &the Miracles: So much Motown…so little time.
15) Mistletoe and Holly – Gunter Kallman Choir: I’m not sure where I stumbled on this one. I just like it.
16) Chrismastime Is Here Again – My Morning Jacket: Not a large spark of originality here.
17) Skating – David Benoit: The Vince Guaraldi classics never go out of style. From his 1996 CD “Remembering Christmas”
18) Holiday Spirit – The DB’s: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!
19) Space-age Santa Claus – Hal Bradley Orchestra w/Patty Marie Jay: During the 60’s when we were all obsessed with space travel…even Santa got in the act.
20) Hang Up Your Stocking – The Chipmunks w/David Seville: Only the original will chipmunks will do, thank you very much!
21) What Are You Doing, New Year’s Eve? – Diana Krall: I will be in Arizona…thanks for asking. From Mrs. Elvis Costello
22) Chanukah is a State of Mind – The Mommyheads: A Jewish take on The Christmas Song…I think.
23) I Saw Three Ships – Chris Squire’s Swiss Chior: Yes’ bass player didn’t want to be outdone by his band mates.
24) Meli Kimikemaka – Poi Dog Pondering: Sort of a Cajun/Hawaiian version.
25) Silver Bells – The Four Aces: I discovered this little gem at a real cool record shop outside of Chicago.
26) Children Go Where I Send Them – Natalie Merchant: There are just some voices you can recognize immediately.
27) Joy To the World – Sy Mann: Sy traded in his Wurlitzer organ for a Moog Synthesizer.
Nov 22nd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
In 2008 the iPod was gaining ground. I made this in more of a podcast format but still kept it short enough to fit on a CD. There is a version of this where I started doing intros but I figured I'd just keep the music only version for now. Enjoy The Yule Log From Hell 2008 "iYule part 1"
- Clark Loses It – Clark W. Griswald (Chevy Chase): I listen to this and all I could think of is my good old fashioned family Christmas.
- Christmas Vacation – Mavis Staples: This movie has joined the ranks of the all-time great holiday movies.
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – BarlowGirl: I met these fine young ladies up at a Christian-Rock festival I was working over this summer (now ask yourself what the hell was I doing at a “Christian-rock” festival).
- Silent Night – Frank Sinatra/Frank Sinatra Jr. I’m assuming this is one of the last things that ol’ Blue Eyes recorded (you can hear the frailty in his voice).
- Christmas Wrapping – Spice Girls: Did anyone see them on tour this year???? Didn’t think so.
- Frosty the Snowman – The Ventures: Surf guitar music never goes out of style!
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town – 1910 Fruitgum Co.: For those who remember the tune “chewy, chewy, chewy”…these bubblegum groups are trying to make a comeback.
- Santa Hates Me – Adam Sandler: Recorded in 1993 on Saturday Night Live
- Christmas is My Time of Year – The Monkees: This 1976 single has 3 out of 4 (Mike Nesmith had long left the group by then).
- Hey, Santa Claus – The Moonglows: This 1950s classic has been used in countless holiday movies.
- This is Christmas – Alfred Burt: Some of the most recognizable holiday songs were written by Alfred Burt. Unfortunately he never got to reap the benefits (died at the age of 33).
- I Am Santa – American Beat Records: Redneck Christmas takes a poke at Santa at the local Home Depot.
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Andre Kostotanetz: Everyone’s dad must have had every Christmas album this guy ever made (I know my dad did!).
- Moonlight Sleighride – Anita Baker: It takes her about 10 years to crank a CD out. Enjoy!
- Christmastime is Here – Annie Haslam: Rennisance lead singer takes a swipe at a Vince Guaraldi classic.
- The Best Gift – Barbara Streisand: I can only assume this song is reference to her son, Jason Gould. From her first Christmas album
- Sleigh Ride – Barenaked Ladies: A quick little tune from the kooks out of the Great White North
- Christmas Medley – Bela Fleck &the Flecktones: A quirky little mix of Christmas tunes.
- PSA announcement – Bee Gees: recorded in the 70s for use on radio stations
- Holiday – Bee Gees: It’s amazing how many groups were influenced by these guys. This was a top 20 hit in the USA in 1967…go figure.
- Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Bing Crosby: This version comes from the very hard to find “White Christmas” soundtrack LP.
- Jesus’ Birthday – Bobby Rivers’ Twisted Christmas: This can be considered blasphemous on so many levels…like I care!
- Away in a Manger – Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick): If you have not read her book yet I suggest you wait for the Books on CD version. There has got to be some real juicy stuff in there.
- Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit – The Christmas Jug Band w/Dan Hicks: This one goes right up there with Emmet Otter…think about it.
- Blue Christmas – Brenda Lee: This woman’s voice can melt your heart like butter.
- Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas – Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan): Before donning the captain’s suit, Bob made his mark in TV as Clarabell on the Howdy Doody show. He will be missed.
- O Holy Night/Home for the Holidays – The Carpenters: You didn’t think I could get through this without a tune from Karen, did you?…This is the complete version (dunno why they cut the first part out all of the time).
Nov 22nd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
Part 2 of The Yule Log From Hell 2009 "Yule Crash Yer Hard Drive"
- Xmas Groove (na na na) – NYCC: Christmas is like one big rave!
- Sugar Plum Dance – Ogden Nash: He’s no Alistair Cooke
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Faries – Freddy Marting: Swing-style!
- Oogie Boogie’s Song – Rodrigo y Gabriella: A spirited flamenco version of a tune from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
- One More Sleep ‘till Christmas – Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire): One of the many tellings of Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
- God Bless Us Everyone – Andrea Boccelli: from the new “Christmas Carol” movie starring Jim Carey (who plays no less than 5 roles).
- Christmas Christmas – Mojo Nixon: ooooooooooh baby……..we gotta go!
- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag – The Bobs: New-wave Acapella (if there is such a thing)
- The Shepherds Chorus – Johnny Cole/Robert Evans Chorus: this 1968 track fell into obscurity…until now.
- White Christmas – Jimmy Smith: didn’t he used to be on NYPD Blue????
- Santa Claus is Getting Down – Jesse Ed Davis: This track was only available to DJs via the 2lp set “Winter Warnerland”
- Good King Wenceslas – Bryan Bowers: Recorded at NYC radio station WFMU several years back. We need more Dulcimer music.
- All I Want for Christmas – Justin Wilson: Helloooooo t’ere Father Xmas! The Cajun Cook made a Christmas album!
- Sleigh Ride – Diana Krall: Elvis Costello is one lucky dude!
- We’d Like To Wish You the Merriest Christmas – Andy Partridge: XTC front man holiday greeting
- Thanks for Christmas – The Three Wise Men: Ok…you got me…it’s really XTC
- Frosty the Snowman – Jan & Dean: Frosty is on his surfboard!
- Let It Snow – Robert Goulet: Smooth as a baby’s behind…
- The Christmas Song – Billy Crystal: you know something, dahling…you look maaaaaaaahvalous!
- Jingle Bell Beat – Up with People: Believe it or not this organization is still going strong after 40 years.
- Christmas Lullabye – Cary Grant: yes…that Cary Grant. The only record he ever made.
- Crackerjack Christmas – Sandpipers/Mitch Miller: everyone should have at least one Mitch Miller record in their collection. I have several.
- Gabriel’s Message – Sting: a remake of a song he recorded for “A Very Special Christmas” over 20years ago. From the non-Christmas CD “If On A Winter’s Night”
- What Child is This? – Ray Charles: This man still will still have soul 100 years from now.
- Happy New Year – Spike Jones & his City Slickers: the flipside to one of the most famous Christmas songs ever
- The Christmas Waltz – David Rose: for whatever reason these LPs still remain out of print….why?
- Messengers of Christmas – Mannheim Steamroller: Hard to believe that this band is celebrating 25 years. Still trying to find the appeal.
- Wizards in Winter – Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Thanks to a very popular YouTube video (you know the one…the one with all the synchronized Christmas lights…) this tune has gained a lot of airplay.
- A Christmas Toast – Bing Crosby: you know…after almost 20 years of doing this I have still not run out of Bing Crosby tunes. Go figure…
- Christmas is Drawing Near At Hand – Steve Winwood: from the overlooked “A Very Special Christmas vol. 3”
- Snowstar – Rockapella: Where in the world are these guys?????
- Christmas Means More Every Year – Osmond Brothers: Discovered by Andy Williams in 1961 when they were singing barbershop at Disneyland (pre-Donny) they were suddenly catapulted into success that they still enjoy today (sans the whole Dancing With The Stars thing).
- Christmastime in Hell – The Dark Lord & Adolf (Trey Parker & Matt Stone): The gang from South Park is still cranking them out even after 14 years.
- My Favorite Things – Mickey Dolenz: While not really a Christmas song…it still gets a lot of airplay.
- Skiiers Holiday – The Mexicalli Brass: thanks to the internet these guys have a new life on all of the Holiday Music blogs!
- What Are You Doing New Years Eve? – The Uptown Yultide Carol & Swing Band: employees of Cincinatti radio station WXVU decided to get a band together and record a couple of Jazz albums
- Carol of Christmas – Dave Boyer: While generally categorized in the Christian music genre he had some mild crossover success with his holiday music
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Henry Mancini: What can I say??? It’s Mancini.
- Marshmallow World – Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin: a rare live recording. It’s clear to see that Frank has a few under his belt (for Dean it was all an act!)
- Randi the Handi Elf – Dan Marshal: Originally a children’s story penned in 1975
- Shepherds Awake – Musichorale: Don’t know much about this track except I like it…so there.
- Merry Christmas Baby – Hanson: I’m smelling an “MmmmmmBop” remake
- Sleigh Ride – The Association: and then along comes Mike Love…He convinces someone to get involved in this rather half-hearted TV movie based on A Christmas Carol…well you get the picture
- Snowfall Cha-cha – Billy May: some of the best stuff that Sinatra ever recorded was with this guy. You can see why.
- ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? – Brian Setzer: even he can’t mess this one up
- What If Eminem did Jingle Bells – Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas: here is the uncensored version…not as bad as you think. Actually the censored version is more suggestive
- Pure Imagination/White Christmas – The Blenders: now Willy Wonka…that’s Christmas!
- Percy the Puny Pointsetta – Elmo & Patsy: the flipside to the other most famous Christmas song ever.
- Long Time Ago In Bethlehem – The Travelin’ Strawberries: I guess in Norway they don’t know how to say “Mary’s Boy Child”
- If I Get Home on Christmas Day – Elvis Presley: This man is worth $400million…AND HE’S BEEN DEAD FOR 30 YEARS. Even in 2008 they still managed to crank out a new recording.
- Good King Wenceslas – Ferrante & Teicher: With the passing of Art Ferrante this year I thought it fitting to include a track here.
- 12 Days of Christmas – Garrison Keillor: It’s so cold up in Lake Wobegon that they have to hurry through this one as fast as they can
- Christmas in LasVegas – Richard Cheese: when your band is called “Lounge Against the Machine” you can pretty much do whatever you want
- Panis Angelicus: - Luciano Pavarotti: together with the Vienna Boys Choir this is a magical recording
- Gesu Bambino – Liberace: I wish my brother George was here…
- That Old Christmas Spirit – Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme: Sad to say that the only stuff I can find from them (other than old LPs) are import CDs
- This Years Santa Baby – Ertha Kitt: how do you follow up one of the most recognized Christmas songs ever? This one went over like a fart in a space suit.
- Takin’ Care of Christmas – Randy Bachman: Peter Allen said it best…everything old is new again. Thanks to those Office Max commercials this guy’s got a whole new lease on life.
- We Wish You A merry Christmas – Peter, Paul & Mary: with the recent passing of Mary Travers I felt this was the best way to close out YLFH2k09.
Nov 22nd, 2016 by yulelogfromhell
In 2009 I suffered a total hard drive crash and with it my entire holiday music collection (as well as all of my pictures). I was able to recover the hard drive (at the cost of over $2000). Needless to say I learned a very very valuable lesson. Through it all I was able to pick myself up and put out another YLFH. This is rings in at about 5hrs in total and is split up into 2 parts (yeah I went a little crazy that year but who knew if I was going to be able to ever recover). Enjoy YLFH 2009 "Yule Crash Yer Hard Drive - Part 1"
- Wonderful Christmastime – The Rhythm Scholar/Paul McCartney: a very interesting remix of a holiday classic. I was getting tired of hearing the original. You can find more remixes at rhythmscholar.com
- NutRocker – Trans-Siberian Orchestra: for some strange reason people go ga-ga over this group. I can take it or leave it. It is a great song…a nod to ELP.
- Here Comes Santa Claus – Bob Dylan: Statistically more Jewish performers make the best xmas records…well they did until now. It only took him 40 years.
- C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s – Terry Buter: a rare hard to find single. Thank God for the internet(s).
- The Christmas Song – Sergio Mendes Brasil 66: Nothing like a good samba to help warm up the holidays
- Patapan – Kings Singers: A very traditional English carol
- Santa Hula – Hilo Hattie: Frankly not enough Hawaiian Christmas music
- Believe – Josh Groban: from the “Polar Express” soundtrack
- Angels We Have Heard On High – David Archuletta: So what do you do after you came in 2nd on American Idol????
- A Cronkiters Chistmas Carol – Russ Bonsley: from what I can gather about this recording was that it was made by CBS employees probably sometime in the 60s (most of these people worked for Walter Cronkite). So I suppose if you didn’t work for CBS in the 1960s you probably would not get many of the jokes. If you listen closely you will also hear CBS newsman Harry Reasoner (who apparently was in on the joke).
- Happy Holiday – The Jaguars: An obscure doo-wop track from an obscure doo-wop group
- Humbug – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Not sure when this track was recorded. It turned up on a rather haphazard CD collection that Rhino Records put out to try to cash in on the popularity of their hit “I Believe in Father Christmas”.
- Santa, Whatcha Bring Me Tonight? – Grooveworks: from the CD “A Drive-By Christmas”
- Silent Night – The Mills Brothers: this is pure class!
- Joy To the World – Steve Morse: former Dixie Dregs/Kansas (and now current Deep Purple) guitarist shreds the hell out this classic.
- Rock Me Father Christmas – The Barron Knights: The UK’s version of Al Yankovic (except these guys have been doing it since the late 50’s).
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Rubber Band: no shortage of Beatles sound-alikes
- The Chanukah Song – Neil Diamond: WOW…a Jew singing a song about Chanukah…you almost never hear that. Yes this is a remake of the Adam Sandler tune.
- Jingle Bells – Barbara Streisand: You go, Babs!
- This Christmas – Chris Brown: When he’s not whoomping on his girlfriend he managed to squeak this one in. From the soundtrack “This Christmas”
- 2000 Miles – Holly Cole: a tender remake of a Pretenders tune. This CD was only sold at Starbucks (you need the coffee to stay awake)
- Carol of the Bells – Spyro Gyra: This is what smooth jazz is all about
- Parade of the Wooden Soldiers – The Spitfire Band: This Toronto based big band tears it up (I didn’t know they had big bands in the great white north)
- We Three Kings – Sufjen Stevens: He released 5 holiday CD’s in the same year. Guess he’s good for a while.
- Pepit Papa Noel – Herman Apple: this Quebec based percussion-heavy ensemble reminds me of the old “persuasive percussion” records I had when I was a kid
- Feliz Navidad – Vikki Carr: that’s the night that her lights went out in Georgia!
- ‘twas the Night Before Christmas – Robin Williams/Boston Pops: You would think he would have yukked this up a bit more. He played it so straight I almost didn’t recognize him. The Boston Pops is under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – The Longines Symphonette Society: I remember having these records as a kid (we used to get them from Readers Digest)
- Jesus Was A Dreidel Spinner – Jill Sobule: You tell ‘em Jill…after all, you kissed a girl!
- O’ Christmas Tree – Jeff Golub: from “Six-string Santa”
- Here Comes Fatty Claus – Rudolph and the Gang: Well Christmas isn’t all snowfall and sugar plum fairies.
- Go Power at Christmas Time – James Brown: This man works harder than Santa Claus…take me to the bridge!
- A Party for Santa Claus – Lord Nelson: Yes, I think Santa deserves a party. From the album “Xmas Marks the Spot”
- Don’t Believe in Christmas – The Orangu-tones: this Austin, TX based band really does believe in Santa. They’re just in it for the money.
- Schlepp the Halls with Loaves of Challa – The Three Weissmen: is that how you spell Challa???? Kinda like Chanukah.
- Ave Maria – Aretha Franklin: She is truly a diva. She sings her butt off.
- The Twisted Christmas Song – Bob Rivers Twisted Xmas: just in time for the new chipmunk movie.
- That Swingin’ Manger – Bob Francis: Welcome to the Leopord-Loin-Cloth Lounge!
- The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash: The man in black rides again!