Pardon me. I'm just freakin' out.
Well, at least its one that might interest you.
While we at Stubby's cater to the Christmas music obsessive, a few of our tribe have achieved a degree of fame (or possibly infamy). One such is DJ lo-fi, aka Andy Cirzan. Andy has a regular day gig. But he spends much of his free time hunting down obscure Christmas records. Or, as he refers to them, "holiday obscura". From these, he assembles a little Christmas mix which he then shares via the website of the "Sound Opinions" program on Chicago's WBEZ. Of course people want to know about the collection, so Andy appears on "Sound Opinions", just like Santa, to spread the good cheer and weird music. The Christmas episodes of "Sound Opinions" aren't limited to the songs on the collection. Andy gets talking and the next thing you know, he's reached into his sack of goodies, and pulled out something altogether different. This year's episode aired last night, which means that the new collection is now available.
Andy stopped doing these collections a few years back. But thank goodness nobody told Andy. That would be a Christmas disaster, a year without a Santa Claus. This year's collection is "Warblings From The Enchanted Forest". I like to challenge myself to see how many I know and how many I own. Earlier, I thought the number was 3, but I've revised up to 5...and maybe 6. See? Now I'm feeling a little better about myself. I'm nearly halfway into the obscura club. The others...eh, no clue. The Robin Sisters "Chimney Top Twist" (see the video) is one of the ones I own...yes, the original 45. And I've got two copies of Wayne Champion, who was a pretty good singer for an office supplies salesman.
Here's where you go to download "Warblings From The Enchanted Forest". You should be aware that Andy presents his tales of "holiday obscura" as Side A and Side B, just like the old days of vinyl recordings. Andy's special mixes only last until January 1 and then, poof, they're gone gone gone. If you'd like to download the "Sound Opinions" episode, you can do that here. Looks like there's a good deal on the show that isn't on the mix. And, if the spirit strikes you, the old mixes are gone, but the old Christmas episodes remain in the archives (well, back to 2005 anyway). You can just click on the "Andy Cirzan" tag under this year's episode. Though they don't appear to be in order, the episodes you're looking for a 4, 55, 108, 160, 212, 264, 316, 368, 420, 472, and 525 (thanks, Ernie). This year's is 577 (for future reference). It's free. Enjoy.
Crap, I've been typing like a maniac and it's nearly 6. Crap. I just don't know how people do this.
Andy Claus (with The Snowy Slopes Orchestra), "Santa Is My Cousin"
Robin Sisters, "Chimney Top Twist"
Wayne Champion, "It's Xmas Time"
Joanie Sommers, "The Peppermint Engineer"
Kay Huntington, "Christmas Stands For Love"
Jimmie Dale and the Jimmy's, "Kangi - The Kangaroo (His Xmas Hula Hoop)"
Sydney Cheese, "Christmas Hoedown (On Plymouth Hoe)"
Tommy Roe (w/ Curt Boettcher), "It's Now Winter's Day"
Sam Applebaum (featuring Mary Nealy), The Year Around Christmas Present EP: "a) How Are We Gonna Stretch Christmas? / b) Gotta Way to Show the Way / c) Christmas Time's A Feelin'"
Benji & Friends, "Christmas All Over the World"
Len Maxwell, "A Merry Monster Christmas"
Found Free, "Christmas Is Jesus"
Dexter Gordon Quartet, "Holiday Greeting/The Christmas Song"