Episode 168: Grown Up Songs for Grown Ups

This week, we cover two requests for songs about Christmas wishes – mature, adult Christmas wishes. “My Grown Up Christmas List” by Amy Grant is a sentimental classic that doesn’t quite pull our heartstrings, while “I Want a Boob Job for Christmas” by Virginia Kegel is a theatrical romp exemplifying the immature version of “mature” content.

Thank you to anonymous and Dylan for the requests!

Episode 167: Tis the Weed

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OK, look. We’ve run out of funny things to say about April 20th, the weed holiday, here in the episode description. But we will never, ever run out of winter holiday songs about weed: for 4/20/2018, we listen to “Weed (All I Want for Christmas)” by Nellie McKay and “Have a Willie Nice Christmas” by Kacey Musgraves featuring Willie Nelson.

Episode 166: Flirtatious Trumpet and Mournful Accordion

This week on HARK, we cover two songs by request: the haunting reverie of Loreena McKennitt’s “In Praise of Christmas” and the playful brevity of the Squirrel Nut Zipper’s “Winter Weather”. We also have our biggest disagreement about a song since covering Ian’s sworn enemies The Killers!

Thank you to merikus for the requests!

Episode 163: The United Nations vs Rudolph’s Baller Party

By request, this week we cover a kitschy tune from a 70’s children’s record – and then try to out-do it. “10,000 Santa Clauses (But Not One Gift For Me)” by The Caroleers is a strange delight, but it’s in “Roly Poly the Polar Bear” by the Peppermint Kandy Kids that we discover a cool new friend.

Thanks to Thom and our anonymous listener for requesting The Caroleers!

Episode 160: A Gas Station Sandwich for the Ears

The Oscars are this weekend, so we’re talking about Christmas songs from movies! Good songs, from good movies? Naaaaw. Grab your popcorn and listen in to our discussion of “Grinch 2000” by Busta Rhymes featuring Jim Carrey and “Ludacrismas” by Ludacris from the Fred Claus soundtrack.

Correction: In this episode, we said that we did not choose from films that won Oscars, but How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) actually won an Academy Award for Best Makeup. Live and learn!

Episode 159: I Love This Cucumber!

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This week we cover a request for two animated holiday musical numbers! We delight in the Seussian turns of phrase in “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” performed by Thurl Ravenscroft and ponder the murky moral implications of “Oh, Santa!” performed by Larry the Cucumber and the cast of VeggieTales.

RJ was a guest on the Book Club for Masochists podcast this week, check them out!

Thank you to kiragecko for this week’s requests!