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Rock & Roll Saturday – More Christmas Rock

December 17, 2011
With eight days left before the big day I’m gonna dig back into the YouTube Christmas vault and dig out some of those obscure classic rock Christmas tunes, starting with a couple of guys you wouldn’t expect to pay tribute to Santa… Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.
My second foray into the realm of rock Christmas is a visit with Brian Setzer as he adds his spin to Chuck Berry’s classic, Run Run Rudolph. Setzer struts his stuff and adds a definite growl, both vocally and guitarily, as his trio hits the stage and wows the holiday crowd.
What would Christmas be without Mommy Kissing Santa Claus under the mistletoe? Nobody sings it better than John Mellencamp. This is his 1987 version of the holiday classic from the A Very Special Christmas benefit album. Video filmed at soundcheck during the 1987 Lonesome Jubilee tour and features John’s daughter Teddi on vocals. (What she lacks in ability she makes up for in cuteness)
You have to dig way back in the music box for this one. All the way back to 1977 when Ray Davies penned this classic, Father Christmas. It was released as a single on the B-Side of Prince of the Punks. The song become an instant classic and has been covered by groups including the Gigolo AuntsGreen DayWarrantLitBowling For SoupSave FerrisAction ActionEverything and OK Go. (I do question the “HQ” moniker attached to this video)
Now many of you won’t know my next selection, unless you are from Texas or other small southern towns where his name is well known in dance halls and honky tonks. It’s even a stretch to call this diddy southern rock but because it’s worth sharing, I’m making that call. (It’s my blog… I’m allowed.) Seems like I remember a Christmas or two just like this. Family Christmas and multiple runs to the Stop & Go store.
And last but certainly not least, Darlene Love performing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” on The Late Show with David Letterman. December 22, 1995. Makes me want to grab a cup of egg nog and slice up the fruit cake.

I make no claim of ownership whatsoever to any of this music or these videos. They are provided simply for the viewers enjoyment.


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