Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Waitresses

Two of my favorite blogs, Midvale School For The Gifted Alumni Association (I have a MVSFTG tee shirt, and now that my wife is no longer a G&T teacher, I can wear it more often) and A Little Night Music (or is it Dance As Though No One Is Watching, I get confused), are linking to Christmas tunes all through December. I love listening to them while I am blogging or paying bills. So thanks to HRH Courtney, Queen of Everything and The Mistress of the Dark for brightening my holiday season. In the spirit of giving back, this is my favorite Christmas song which is by the archetypal 80s one-and-a-half hit wonder band The Waitresses:

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Christmas time is about the only time to ever hear The Waitresses on the radio, so that makes the season doubly special. They also did the theme song to the Square Pegs, the too-cool-to-last 80s high school show that showcased Sarah Jessica Parker long before she started having sex in the city. And that show STILL is not out on DVD yet. Maybe next Christmas.

BlatantCommentWhoring™: What is your favorite obscure holiday song and/or forgotten 80s band?


HRH Courtney, Queen of Everything said...

Thanks, yellojkt! And not to worry, the Waitresses are coming on my countdown soon!

Impetua said...

I just LOVED Square Pegs... I haven't heard this song in so long that I didn't remember it at first.

Sue T. said...

Don't miss my friend Steve's blog, -- he's also serving up Xmas tunes all month long. He makes an annual Xmas song mix for his friends and has been doing so for years & years, so this guy knows his Christmas music. He manages to find some pretty weird & wonderful things.

2fs said...

Make that 2.5 hits: you're forgetting "I Know What Boys Like" - along with the two you mention.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

My favorite Christmas song..erm songs..

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

The Moody Blues - Don't Need A Reindeer!

yellojkt said...

I was counting "What Boys Like" as their hit with "Christmas Wrapping" as the half-hit. The Square Pegs theme is just the cool trivia connection to SJP.

From the blog sue linked to, here is the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl doing "Fairytale of New York.

Cedar said...

I've always liked Kate Bush's "December will be Magic Again."

Anonymous said...

Like you, I've always loved the Waitresses' Christmas song. It used to be the only place you could hear it was on Dr. Demento.

The more I think about it, the longer my list of forgotten 80s bands gets. But here's a sample.

The Bus Boys, The Beat Farmers (both of whom I've mentioned here before).
The Stray Cats (big rockabilly fan)
Oingo Boingo
Sparks (they had at least one hit earlier, but for me they are an 80s band)

Francesco Marciuliano said...

I've really come to like "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade, which scored big in England way back when (and appeared in the original "The Office").

But my long-standing favorite is still the Snoopy-inspired "Christmas Bells" by the Royal Guardsmen.

Hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas, Yellojkt!


PS: Big, big kudos for mentioning"Square Pegs," by the way.

MsT said...

I hear that all the time on the Baltimore radio station that's been playing Xmas music 24/7 since well before Thanksgiving - 101.9, I think? And yes, I always think of Square Pegs when I hear that. Great show, great band. Thanks for stopping by today!