ARCHIVES: WPKN playlist — 12/25/09: Dashing through the (freezing) rain

This pre-Franorama World post was from my Myspace blog Dec. 26, 2009, 9:01 p.m. EST:

As fate would have it, I got to fill in at WPKN not only on Christmas Eve, but Christmas night as well, subbing for Kathy DeMino. It was a more subdued show that I usually do, probably because I was exhausted. (My fault. I got wrapped up in Spike’s “Star Wars” marathon and was watching the end of “The Empire Strikes Back” and all of “Return of the Jedi,” accompanied by the warm glow of the Christmas tree, til 4 a.m. — which was about the time my niecie dudes got my brother out of bed at his place …) But I got up in time to have Christmas dinner at Ken’s house, my first meal with the full family in years, and then headed to Bridgeport before the rain, which was to turn into freezing rain by late night.

The show itself wasn’t smooth (I had a lot of blonde moments, none of which I could blame on egg nog), and it turned out to be a good thing. I was supposed to have been on from 7-10. But the Mac on which we get our news programs was malfunctioning — actually, there was something wrong with the connection to the control board, and I’m no computer genius — so instead of Amy Goodman from 10-11 and Free Speech Radio News from 11-11:30, I got an extra hour to play, followed by my old New Haven pal Bill O’Grady at 11. (And you weren’t missing much — both the news shows were reruns …)

Stayed through Bill’s fab show (he’s another unrepentant rock’n’roller), ripped a couple of the station’s box sets (four-CD rockabilly and ska comps from England) to my computer, watched one short from the Three Stooges box set my nieces bought me (“The Three Stooges Collection Vol. 7: 1952-1954 — Shemp gives me the heebee beebees), then drove him back to New Haven and crawled slowly up into the hills, where the roads got a little treacherous. But I was safe and in bed by 4:30.

So here’s what you missed Christmas night. It was quite a mixed bag:
No Place Like Home for the Holidays — Perry Como
Merry Christmas From the Family — Robert Earl Keen
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Burl Ives
Hey Santa Claus — The Chesterfield Kings
Christmas Boogie — The Davis Sisters
Shake Hands With Santa Claus — Louis Prima
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Andy Williams
Baby, It’s Cold Outside — Dean Martin

The Christmas Guest
— Johnny Cash
O Come All Ye Faithful — Jackie Wilson
What Child Is This — Ray Charles
Jesus Christ — Big Star
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear — The Louvin Brothers
Christmas Carols by the Old Corral — Tex Ritter
I’ll Be Walking the Floor This Christmas — Ernest Tubb & His Texas Troubadours
Peace in the Valley — Doc Watson

Go Tell It on the Mountain — The Blind Boys of Alabama w/Tom Waits
The Wexford Carol — The Chieftains w/Nanci Griffith
Adeste Fideles — The Roches
Winter Wonderland — The Roches
I’ve Got Presents for Santa — Sarah Taylor & Bill Mumy
Santa Baby — Eartha Kitt
Yulesville — Edd “Kookie” Byrnes
Walking ‘Round in Women’s Underwear — Bob Rivers
Silver Bells — Booker T. & the MG’s
Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas — Carla Thomas

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (yes, again) — Burl Ives
The Christmas Song — Nat “King” Cole
Christmas Wish — NRBQ
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch — Thurl Ravenscroft (from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”)
Mele Kalikimaka — Bing Crosby w/The Andrews Sisters
Feliz Navidad — Asleep at the Wheel

O Holy Night — Tiny Tim
Welcome Christmas — all the Whos down in Whoville (from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”)
Sleigh Ride — Leroy Anderson
Donde Esta Santa Claus? — El Vez
Nutrocker — Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Snowflakes — The Ventures
The Bells of St. Mary — Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
Merry Christmas — The Cameos
Good King Wenceslas — Mojo Nixon & the Toadliquors

Christmasized! — The Mill Valley Taters
Nothin’ for Christmas — The Reducers
White Christmas — Tina Sugandh
Someday at Christmas — Stevie Wonder
Jingle Bell Rock — Bobby Rydell & Chubby Checker
Christmas in Jail — Asleep at the Wheel
Linus and Lucy — The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag — Bob Seger
Rock’n’Roll Christmas — George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Christmas Kisses — Ray Anthony
Punchbowl Full of Joy — Sonny Columbus & His Del Fuegos
Step Into Christmas — Elton John
I Want an Alien for Christmas — Fountains of Wayne
Jingle Bells/Jingle Bell Rock Medley — The Hollyridge Strings
Santa Claus — The Sonics
Christmas Wrapping — The Waitresses
Sleigh Ride — The Ronettes

Thanks for Christmas — The Three Wise Men (XTC)
Comfort and Joy — The Butties
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town — Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
All Alone on Christmas — Darlene Love w/The E Street Band
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) — Darlene Love

Feliz Navidad — El Vez


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