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Wednesday, December 04 2019
Christmas music doesn't have to be old, stale and boring. Here's a random sample of my personal Holiday favorites

The Ramones: Merry Christmas, I  Don't Want To  Fight Tonight.
The Children were nestled all snug in their beds with visions of Joey Ramone dancing in their heads.  Who hasn't wanted to serenade a loved one with this song a time or two?

 The Cory Band: Stop The Cavalry. This bouncy little number peaked at #3 on the UK singles charts but was relatively unknown in the United States until a little radio station in Seattle started playing it in the late 80's

Sarah Taylor & Bill Mumy: Presents For Santa.  Singer Sarah Taylor joins forces with the kid from Lost In Space for a sexy little tune for the naughty elf in all us.

Robert Earl Keen: Merry Xmas From The Family,  Keen calls the song the "The Rocky Horror of Christmas songs" saying that whether singing before a group of 1000 or 6000 the entire audience sings along. And in particular shouts out the line, "Mix  Bloody Marys' cause we all want one".

Louis Armstrong: Zat You Santa Clause?  Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong with the Commanders in 1953. Covered  by  Garth Brooks, Buster Poindexter and Brian Setzer

Greg Lake: I Believe In Father Christmas: Greg Lake's (King Crimson, Emerson Lake And Palmer) only solo hit (from 1975)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Dig That Crazy Santa Clause. Brian Setzer's cover of an old Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers tune.

The Ronettes: Sleigh Ride. A classic from 1963. Produced by Phil Spector

Bing Crosby & David Bowie: Little Drummer Boy.  A Perennial Favorite just for its shear weirdness. One of the strangest duets in music history. Rumor has it Bowie did the show because his mother was a huge Bing Crosby fan

Darlene Love : All Alone On Christmas :  A song written by "Little Steven"  Van Zant, performed by Darlene Love & the E Street Band...Need I say more?

AC/DC: Mistress For Christmas. Hey kids, next time your grandparents ask you to play a "Nice" Xmas tune crank this one up


And let's not forget this festive Holliday classic from The Kinks
The Little Stinkers, I Farted on Santa's Lap.  A personal favorite of mine

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Wednesday, January 29 2014

One Denver radio station is getting in on the Seahawks / Broncos rivalry. Denver's classic rock station "The Mountain" is banning all Seattle based bands from its airwaves until after Super Bowl Sunday in an effort to help Bronco fans "keep the positive energy going in preparation for the Super Bowl". That means no music from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Heart, Soundgarden or Jimmy Hendrix. I suppose two can play at that game, but do you really think anybody would notice if Seattle area radio stations stopped playing Sugarloaf?



......Or Here

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Tuesday, December 17 2013

(Associated Press),  NEW YORK  -- Nirvana, Kiss and Peter Gabriel will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

The Rock Hall announced Tuesday that Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens also will be inducted April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Artists are eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. Nirvana received a nomination in its first year of eligibility and next year the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut, "Bleach." The induction comes 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide at age 27.

This year also marked first-time nominations for Hall and Oates, Gabriel and Ronstadt. Kiss and Stevens, who have been nominated in the past, made the cut after being absent from the list for several years.

The Rolling Stones' managers, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein, will receive Ahmet Ertegun awards, a non-performing honor. Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band will get the award for musical excellence.

N.W.A., one of the 16 nominees announced in October, did not make the cut. The iconic rap group includes Dr. Dre, who has launched successful solo albums and is the producer behind Eminem, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar.

More than 700 Rock Hall voters determined the 2014 class.

The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be open to the public. Tickets go on sale next month.

The event will air on HBO in May.

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John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos