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Stuck in your head: Christmas cuts 5

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Every morning I slip out of my sexy DC super-hero jammy bottoms and step into the shower to prepare for still another new day. Every morning the same song is stuck in my head. No matter what I do—short of singing the entire theme song--opening and closing credits--to The Flintstones —the song REMAINS the same—stuck in my head. In my case the song is Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days”. I like the group but this isn’t my favorite!

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Luckily, through chats with friends both old and new both here in Los Angeles and in a favorite Facebook group--You grew up in the Souderton/ Telford/ Harleysville area if you remember... I found out I am not alone in this experience. This happens to lots of folks. This series is dedicated to all the songs that somehow get “stuck in your head”. This special edition of the series focuses on seasonal songs that get stuck in our heads over the holidays. Here they are:

“Candy Kane” Kittie Shaughnessy admitted: “I could sing ‘Santa Baby’ to you. That song is stuck in my head for the past week.” This seasonal song dates back to 1953 and was written by Joan Javits. It was first recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra that same year.

An anonymous “Christmas” contributor is embarrassed to have a song by Nerf Herder burned into his brain. The truly evil earworm in question is none other than “I’ve Got A Boner For Christmas”. It’s off their 2007 Hi-Voltage Christmas Rock EP. (Truth be known, it is pretty funny if you’ve not a sense of humor not tainted by being overly-PC.)

“Santa” Cindy Heffelfinger Steyer says she is now plagued by a “pa rum pum pum pum” with “The Little Drummer Boy” knockin’ around in her noggin. This one was written by the American composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was first recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers.

The Harry Simeone Chorale released their version of it in 1958 and since then it has been covered by many musical acts including Stevie Wonder, The Glee cast, Ringo Starr and most recently Bad Religion. Perhaps the most famous adaptation is the 1977 Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy".

A local “Carolin’” Californian had “that stupid Family Guy/Retard Choir ‘Carol of the Bells’ parody” camping in his cranium. The original ‘Carol of the Bells” was written by Mykola Leontovych and Peter J. Wilhousky. It’s an adaptation of a Ukranian folk chant called "Shchedryk".

The Family Guy piece is actually a takeoff of another parody by The Retard Choir titled “Burger King Christmas Coral” (sometimes called "Ding Fries Are Done") . Details are sketchy but the song is said to be off their White Cotton Panties album circa 2003. Peter Griffin sings his version in the 2006 episode named “Deep Throats”.

Last but not least, Dorine “Happy Holiday” Houston recently said: “I've had ‘O Holy Night’ stuck in my head.” Composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847, it is a musical adaptation of the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (“Midnight, Christians”) by Placide Cappeau. It has since been covered by a range of performers including South Park’s Eric Cartman, Anita Bryant, The Lettermen and most recently Lea Michele from Glee.

So there you have it, drummer-boys and girls, another bunch of holiday “earworms” from different decades and genres. As this goes to press there are enough submissions to publish almost another holiday edition. Thanks for your support and be happy you have seen another Christmas!

My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.


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