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Out of the Vault - Holiday Show #1 - December 15, 2012

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Spinal Tap – CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEVIL - 2000 CD bonus tracks from their self-titled debut album – 1984.

The Greedies (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey) – A MERRY JINGLE - One of the more obscure supergroups to exist during the '70s was the Greedies (aka the Greedy Bastards). Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott (bass, vocals) quickly took an interest in the fledgling punk movement of the late '70s, and subsequently befriended members of such outfits as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Boomtown Rats. With time off from Lizzy during the early and latter parts of 1978, Lynott sought to put together an ad hoc outfit comprised partly of Lizzy members, along with members of punk bands.  With many Lizzy and Pistols fans wondering if the group was for real or just a fun project, the band entered the recording studio in late 1979 with a lineup of Lynott, Gorham, Downey, Jones, and Cook. Despite high expectations, the quintet only emerged with a throwaway single -- "A Merry Jingle" b/w "A Merry Jangle" -- issued in December of 1979 (and never in the U.S.) The single (which basically was a merger of "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas") sunk from sight shortly after its release.

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Keith Richards – RUN RUN RUDOLPH - "Run Rudolph Run" is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry and written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP). The song was first recorded by Berry in 1958.  Recorded by Keith as a single in 1978l

Cracker – MERRY CHRISTMAS EMILY – From their CD “Forever” 2002.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN - Christmas All Over Again is a Christmas song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written by Tom Petty and was featured on the Playback box set, 1995. At the end of the song Petty says that, for Christmas, he wants "a new Rickenbacker guitar, two Fender Bassmans, Chuck Berry songbooks, and a xylophone."

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The Beatles – CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) is a Christmas song recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 fan-club Christmas record.

Robert Earl Keen – MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE FAMILY - "Merry Christmas from the Family" is a holiday song written by Robert Earl Keen. It has become extremely popular among the fans within his cult following. The song was first recorded for Keen's 1994 album, Gringo Honeymoon. This live version appears on his 1996, No. 2 Live Dinner.

Otis Gibb – CRAP FOR CHRISTMAS – From his CD “Once I Dreamed of Christmas” 2003

Pat Godwin – GRANDPA GOT WORKED OVER BY A MOBSTER – Pat Godwin has blossomed into one of the most clever comedians and prolific, award-winning comedy songwriters in the business. Pat first got national airplay with the holiday classic he crafted with his brothers James and Jack called, “Let’s Put Christ Back in Christmas” from the album Reindeer Games. After that, it wasn’t long before Godwin’s talents were being used on radio morning shows; a medium Pat is more than familiar with. He’s appeared on every top morning show you can think of, worked for 6 years as a part of Philadelphia’s Morning Zoo, 3 years for The Bob & Tom Show, and was a frequent guest and contributor to both Howard Stern’s radio and TV shows.  Taken from his “Reindeer Games” CD.

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Adam Sandler – THE CHANUKAH SONG (live) - "The Chanukah Song" is a humorous song written by comedian Adam Sandler with Saturday Night Live writers Lewis Morton and Ian Maxtone-Graham and originally performed by Sandler on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update on December 3, 1994.  Sandler subsequently performed the song as part of his stand-up act, later updating it with new lyrics. All variations center on the theme of Jewish children feeling alienated during the Christmas season, and Sandler's listing of Jewish celebrities (both real and fictional) as a way of sympathizing with their situation.

Warren Zevon – WINTER WONDERLAND (live) - "Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmastime pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.  Location and date unknown.

Max Gomez – SEASON OF MY MEMORY – Digital only release from Taos-based artist Max Gomez.  His debut CD “Rule the World” is to be released in January on New West Records.

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Elvis Presley – BLUE CHRISTMAS - "Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. Its tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.  Elvis Presley cemented the status of "Blue Christmas" as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it on his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album.

Bruce Springsteen – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (live) - "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.  The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934.. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra.  This was originally a promo-only release -- recorded at C.W. Post, 12/12/75, and it wasn't released commercially until 1981 when Columbia Records included it on the various artists children's album "In Harmony 2"

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