JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #815.554.295.347.399!
This is Bob “Media Blackout” Hope coming to you live from the Big Room upstairs
where I’m filling in for Jeffrey Morgan, who’s away this week celebrating Christmas by listening to some of the
latest rice-paddy platters in Da Nang Trong province. You know what ‘Da Nang Trong’ means, don’t you? That’s
Vietnamese for “Exit strategy? We don’t need no stinking exit strategy.”
No, but I’m really thrilled to be here on the road to ruin, as my good friend Joey Ramone would say. In fact,
all of the Ramones are up here, although it took them a while to clear customs. They were forty pounds overweight, and that
was just their hair. Yeah, and I hear Joey’s going to record a new Christmas song with Bing Crosby as soon as the old
groaner recovers from that “Little Drummer Boy” duet he did with new arrival David Bowie 39 years ago. Just wait
until he finds out that Joey’s been taking sarong lessons from Dorothy Lamour. Isn’t that wild?
Hey, how about a few reviews!
Lennon – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Apple) :: Hippie.
Various Artists – We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (Armory) ::
Look, even I can only take so much of Bing singing “White Christmas” before I get a hardcore hankerin’
to dreck the halls with gobs of metal. That’s why I’ve been listening nonstop to this twelve track compilation
of carols, which features everyone from Lemmy to Alice to Dio. I’ll be deaf for Christmas, if only in my screams.
Christina – “Things Fall Apart” (ZE) :: I
thought Britney Smears was a basket case until I heard this record. It originally escaped back in 1981 on A Christmas
Record and it’s still the most mentally disturbed Noël number ever released. And that includes Jerry
Colonna’s rendition of Johnny Bower’s “Honky The Christmas Goose.”
Rhonda Silver – “Chri$tma$ On Credit” (Silver Shadow) :: You can forget
all about Eartha Kitt mewing out the high-priced “Santa Baby” for the umpteenth year in a row because this is
the new torch song for today’s troubled times. You’ll sign up for a government bailout when you hear
sultry songstress Silver croon: “You know that Santa’s got the blues ’cause he ain’t got no green.
Looks like Mrs. Claus has picked his pockets clean!” In other words: Cash is king.
Johnny Cash – The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials: 1976-1979 (Shout! Factory) :: Hey,
and what better way to celebrate the season than by watching this four disc box set containing the Man In Black’s holiday
television specials. Cash doing Christmas would be reason enough to watch at any time, but what really makes this
a seasonal must see is the truly eclectic line up of guest stars, including everyone from longtime stage stalwarts June Carter
and Carl Perkins to country legends Merle Travis and Roy Clark to seminal Sun rockers Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again! (Fan Club
Flexi-Disc) :: Hippies.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mr. T
– “I Told You Hannibal: I Ain’t Gettin’ On No Sleigh!” b/w “Shut Up, You
Crazy Yule!” (T-Neck) :: Boy, I wanna tell ya, ain’t that something?
Be seeing you!