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The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 840: The 25th Christmas show

I’ll be honest. This idea of an annual Christmas episode started as something of a cheat. Back during the first year of this show’s existence–this would be 1993–I found myself up against the clock when it came to writing and producing one more show before Christmas.

Craig Venn, the technical producer at the time, had the same issue. “Why don’t we just do a Christmas-themed show?” he said. So we did. The whole thing was slapped together in a couple of hours.

But then a weird thing happened. People said they actually liked the result. So we did it again the following year. And the year after that. And the year after that.

This year marks the 25th Ongoing History Christmas show (note that there was a three-year hiatus when I was on walkabout). It looks like this.

Bros, These Things Comfort Me

William Shatner and Iggy Pop, Silent Night

Fake Shark, Winona Ryder Hates Christmas

Mounties, Merry Christmas Maybe

Mariah Scary, Spooky Christmas

Whitehorse, Ho Ho Ho

Psychostick, Oh Tannenbaum

Small Town Titans, You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch

Man Overboard, Father Christmas

Fine Times, Subterranean Christmas Blues

The Damned, There Ain’t No Sanity Claus

Henry Rollins, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Eric Wilhite has created this handy playlist for us.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

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