Saturday, December 4, 2010

Re-blog: Help! I'm Drowning in Borrowed Xmas Images & Tunes (& a Few of Them are Even Good)

Last year was my first major Christmas for blogging, re-blogging, curating & xmas bulling. So I really went at it & put together some interesting collections of images, tunes & holiday bull. Now I'm not particularly in the Christmas mood yet this year, when it seems like there is Christmas uber-overload at every turn. But recently, I finally got around to looking at those stat charts Big Brother Blogspot puts together for the serious, driven, self-aware bloggers. Guess what? The series of Borrowed Christmas Images are continually dominating my stats & graphs. So here is the second of a series of re-blogs of last year's Christmas re-blogs...

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Help! I'm Drowning in Borrowed Xmas Images & Tunes (& a Few of Them are Even Good)

I thought I might mix up the posts with some vintage Christmas card graphics. I believe these are from the 40's. The lettering and illustration style have a late deco feel.
"Little Rita Faye - I Fell Out Of A Christmas Tree [M-G-M 11625] '53"
"Faron Young - I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You [Capitol 2629] '53"
Be His Christmas Eve - 1965 Frederick’s of Hollywood Catalog (via death becomes her)
Vintage Christmas : Freaky Deer Heads
Here are the large versions of these strange 50's, leaf-necked reindeer. They are made of composition with rhinestone eyes. I believe they were meant for store displays. Of course, I don't think the sculptor really understood what deer looked like.
Secret Swastika: Christmas Edition - Seen on River Road in Eugene.
Irving Berlin is by any measure the greatest composer of popular American music, with hundreds of enduring hits, such as “White Christmas,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Blue Skies,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” and “Easter Parade.” The man who wrote “White Christmas” actually hated Christmas. “Many years later,” daughter Mary Ellin writes, “when Christmas was celebrated irregularly in my parents’ house, if at all, my mother said, almost casually, ‘Oh, you know, I hated Christmas, we both hated Christmas. We only did it for you children.’” (This also had something to do with the fact that they had lost a baby boy on December 25.) Why did an agnostic humanist who loathed Christmas write the song “White Christmas”? Because he needed a number for the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, which called for a song for each major holiday celebrated in the US.
The 3 Stooges “Sing Happy Yuletide Songs with the Music Wreckers” Golden Records (1960) Larry, Moe and Curly-Joe Wreck the Halls!
Happy Christmas - Don't forget the plastic wrap on the sofa.
Festive cheesy pinecones for Christmas...gak!
Wrap It Up: Blue Forest - One of the faves from the wrapping paper collection: Blue Forest-styled by Gibson.
Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards - I Know What He Wants For Xmas
1.) Hang Your Balls On The Xmas Tree
2.) I Want A Casting Couch For Christmas
3.) Come On Santa, Let's Have A Ball
4.) The Night Before Christmas Binge
5.) Santa's Doing The Horizontal Twist
6.) Santa's Going To Be Late Tonight
7.) The Girls Were All Happy
8.) I Know What You Want For Christmas
9.) A Funtastic Panorama Of On-Stage Humor

Best known, amongst her many "party" records, is the immortal "I Know What He Wants For Christmas...But I Don't Know How To Wrap It" from 1962. It's a swingin', sleazy little affair, straight outta the "adult" night clubs of the era. Plenty of greasy organ, drums, and stripper horns, all in service to Martin's throaty, suggestive come-ons.
(For download link, refer to the comments on the original WEIRDTOWN STUFF blogposting)
“Um Natal Tranquilo e Prospero” 1966 This is a strange one indeed. A guy alone with his stocks and bonds on Christmas. Yet he’s satisfied with just his pipe and his prosperity. Why is he dressed as Santa? He looks like he just pulled off a heist. Maybe he dressed as Santa for his Wall Street Christmas party and stole everyone’s bonuses.
Dylan Thomas - A Child's Christmas In Wales
Here's another Christmas Classic for you. You can get it here:
Or just listen here:

Wrap it Up: ATOMIC Style - This is some old store wrap (again) that came on a very heavy roll. The paper is very shiny and has gold printing on a sickly green/gold background. Judging by the paper type and the roll it came on, I think it is from the late 60's.
From Johnnie Lee Wills "Schmitt Transcriptions show # 47"
Vocal by Leon Huff "Unissued" Blue Christmas.
Download Here:
1952 Merry Christmas
'Tis the Season... from J.D. King at
A Winter's Tale
R.O. Blechman CBS Christmas Mess
A sixty second holiday card from CBS (back in the day when a network would do such a thing). Designed by R.O. Blechman, animated by Willis Pyle. Music arranged by Arnie Black. Aired in 1966. (Via Dave Eibsen.
Art Carney - Santa & The Doodle-Li-Boop
Get it here:
or just dig it here:

Wrap It Up: Poinsettias - I think this paper is probably from the late 60's. It has a slightly cartoonish feel.

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T. Tex Edwards

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