Thanksgiving tradition: give Alice’s Restaurant a listen once each year.
The title track itself was 18 1/2 minutes long. Note, the missing Nixon White House tapes were also 18 1/2 minutes long. Coincidence? Or was some listening to Alice in the Oval Office? Hmmm…
David Bowie and Bing Crosby
Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy
1977, released 1982
Surreal television. Weird team-up in entertainment. Perfect musical moment.
In 1977 glam rocker David Bowie appeared as a guest on Bing’s long-running annual Christmas TV special, and they sang a duet after an awkward scripted setup. The song was a medley of “Peace On Earth” with the standard “Little Drummer Boy”.
Bing died a month after this was recorded, and a month prior to the airing of the TV special. The song was finally released as a single in 1982. Also that year, MTV added the clip to its rotation as a stand-alone video.
After decades of forgettable holiday TV specials and variety shows with uninspired duets with artists from different genres, this performance stands out. At first you may think it’s due to the shock factor of the pairing: it’s the tiny point on the Venn Diagram where The Golden Age of Hollywood overlaps with Modern Rock. But shock value alone doesn’t hold it up this long. Two great voices do.
Bob & Doug McKenzie
The Great White North
Anthem / Mercury Records
Here’s another great comedy LP, as well as the first Christmas – themed record for this year in this series of TBT Vinyl spotlights.
Bob & Doug McKenzie (aka SCTV’s Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) released The Great White North in ’81. The LP featured mostly comedy bits but most memorable were a couple of songs: “Take Off” featuring Geddy Lee of Rush, and the Brothers’ version of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Give it a listen when you can, hoser.
“…And a beer in a tree.”
A Wild and Crazy Guy
I always heard about the great stand up comedy records from the 60’s by George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and others. For me, stand up comedy started in the late 70’s on SNL and its name is Steve Martin. Or King Tut.
Best Fishes – that still cracks me up. And of course there is Steve’s cat…
Got a condo made of stone-a…
Shape of Things to Come (10″ Import)
This rare 10″ was issued in the UK in 1983 during The Kinks comeback and featured the band’s biggest hits from 1964-1970. Love this record!
Exhausted (12″ Single)
The “No. 1” on the cover says it all – “Exhausted” was the very first release by Foo Fighters. This was a radio promotion-only 12 inch single released a few weeks before the first Foo Fighters album.
It’s really a Dave Growl solo record, as he played every instrument and hadn’t yet actually hired band members!