As we come down to the wire, with Christmas peeking over the horizon, radio stations have switched to seasonal music. They never seem to know when to do this. Some stations start with weekends in December, reverting to their usual playlist during the week, then go all out for the last week. Others slowly transition, while some go wall-to-wall Christmas several weeks before.
While there are plenty of Christmas ditties being aired: traditional, oldies, new releases and humourous, I need to hear a few perhaps unconventional carols to really feel the spirit of the season.
The first is Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer by the Irish Rovers. A silly but catchy tune.
Then there’s Jacob Miller’s reggae We Wish You an Irie Christmas.
Keeping with my international theme, Australian kids get a visit from Santa Claus whose sleigh is propelled not by reindeer, but kangaroos. Not just any kangaroos, but Six White Boomers, as explained by Rolf Harris.
And what’s Christmas without the do-wop version of White Christmas?
Of course Bing Crosby’s Mele Kalikimaka (The Hawaiian Christmas Song) has to be on the list.