Episode 228: Good Pig Wenceslas

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There are a lot of national food days in July, you guys. This week, we’re celebrating National Hot Dog Day with some Christmas songs about pigs. “The Boar’s Head Carol” by Magpie Lane is pretty much exactly what the title says it is, while “Noche Buena” by Celeste Legaspi has a slightly more roundabout connection to our episode theme.

Both of these songs are referenced in the Bon App├ętit article we mentioned in the show, which you can check out here.

Episode 227: Hot Potato

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This week on HARK, we’re celebrating nature’s neatest root vegetable, the potato! Since National French Fry Day falls on July 13th, we listen to two songs featuring another fried favorite. “Pass the Latkes” by Kid Kosher seems to be a sincere hip-hop ode to this Hanukkah treat, while “No Latkes” by OHT Crew is a more tongue-in-cheek creation about a relationship in turmoil over a lack of potato pancakes.

Episode 226: Canadian Content

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We’re back! And while we may have missed Canada Day on July 1st, we’ve got some requests to help us fill our CanCon requirements. Ontario’s comedy trio The Arrogant Worms provide two holiday tracks for us to dissect – “Christmastime” and “Vincent the Christmas Virus”.

Thank you to Michael (probably) for the requests!

Episode 225: 70 Percent Exciting

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We’re adding the 449th and 450th songs to our list, and that means it’s MILESTONE TIME, BABY! Ian tries to find the greatest holiday song of all time and submits a familiar tune by a legendary artist that contains surprises and multitudes. RJ looks for the worst holiday song of all time and lands on a parody of “Let It Snow” that manages to both be both vulgar and prudish – and it ain’t exactly easy on the ears, either.

Episode 224: Kermit is My Dad

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It’s Father’s Day this week, and here on HARK we’re listening to some songs from those Classic Christmas Dads! In character as beloved and put-upon pop Bob Cratchit, Kermit the Frog performs the poetic “One More Sleep Til Christmas” from the Muppet Christmas Carol. Then Marian Call sings from the point of view of a less gentle holiday movie dad in “Christmas in L.A. (Yippee Ki Yay)”.

Thank you to “John” for the request!

Episode 223: Mother Mary, Husband Nick

The Tony Awards are this Sunday, so we’re celebrating with a musical-theatre-themed request! At listener Emily’s suggestion, we check out two Christmas songs from the not-Tony-nominated show “Songs for a New World.” The first, “Surabaya Santa,” is an intriguing idea that turns out upsetting, while the second, “Christmas Lullaby,” mostly works? Mostly?

Thanks again to Emily for the requests!

Episode 222: Biscuits & Bag Lore

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In honour (with a u) of National Biscuit Day in the UK, we’re covering two tunes about cookies! These holiday songs are about cookies, and only about cookies, and definitely nothing else. “Christmas Cookies” by RuPaul, for example, is definitely about the baking of cookies and not about being extremely horny. And “The Cookie Song” by Amanda Duncan is about combining ingredients into dough and then heating that dough to create delicious cookies and – I can’t emphasize this enough – definitely not about being extremely horny except probably for Santa in this one.

Thank you to Daniel the Macy’s Elf for requesting “Christmas Cookies”!

Episode 221: Pick It Up On the Housetop

This week, by request, we add some ska to our ever-growing list! “I Got This Neighbor” by MU330 is a charmingly short song that has us reminiscing about ska bands of our own youth, while “Big Ol’ Drummer Bwoy” by Sons of Odin offers some mixed messages about the appeal of percussion instruments.

Thank you to James for these requests!

Episode 220: Are We Human? Or Are We Santa?

This week, by request, we’re covering two more of The Killers’ many, many holiday releases! As you may remember from Episode 113, Ian has a very special, very hateful relationship towards their non-holiday oeuvre. Yet we find ourselves in an unlikely disagreement about the surprisingly serious “Joseph, Better You Than Me”, featuring Neil Tennant and Elton John, and in a sort of reluctant harmony about predictably silly “The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball”.

Thank you to Phil for these requests!

Episode 219: Every Mother’s Child

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we’ve got two Christmas songs about moms… well, at least, two songs that acknowledge motherhood as a concept. “The Christmas Song” as performed by Fantasia just barely qualifies but we wanted to talk about it so there, while “A Mother’s Christmas Wish” by Olivia Newton-John is basically a floral-patterned Hallmark card of a holiday song.