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!

Episode 158: F**K! A Year-Round Holiday Sex-Ed Podcast

It’s Ash Wednesday! It’s Valentine’s Day! And possibly more relevant to this episode, it’s International Condom Day! We listen to two Christmas songs about sex, a sub-genre of holiday music that runs deep enough to haunt us for the rest of our days. Enjoy our slightly extra-long, extra-spicy musings about “Dick In a Box” by The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake and “Not Tonight Santa” by Girls Aloud.

Episode 157: Reindeer Club

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It’s Family Day here in British Columbia! Grab your sister, your Aunt Marie, and your weird uncle, and listen to some high-spirited holiday music with us! We review and rank “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” by Sufjan Stevens and “Latke Clan” by The Leevees, two somewhat eccentric songs that remind us of everything there is to love about the holidays.

Episode 155: Please God Let It Be Santa Claus

This week we cover two songs that force us to contemplate fear and desire, love and hatred – “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as performed by Burnaby’s own Michael BublĂ©. Our anonymous requester presents us with a puzzle – one song is beloved and one is despised. Which is which? Can we be sure? Can RJ get over their anti-BublĂ© bias long enough to figure it out? Find out!

Thanks again to our anonymous requester!

Episode 154: There’s No Place Like Home for the Johnsons

Buckle up for a car-centric episode of HARK! By request, we listen to “Driving Home for Christmas” by Chris Rea and “Home for the Holidays” as performed by The Carpenters. We also dunk on a bunch of American states, PROBABLY unfairly, so uh, sorry.

Thank you to lettinggosthehardestpart for the request!