Archive | December, 2011

A DJ’s HOLIDAY PLAYLIST: TEN GREAT SONGS YOU MIGHT NOT HEAR ON THE RADIO

18 Dec
     Having worked in my father’s Brooklyn record shop Music Factory since before I could even see over the counter, the passing of Thanksgiving meant the day all retailers dream of (and the day all employees dread, hence the aptly named), Black Friday. Up until my father was forced to close up shop due to the booming online market, this day would mark the beginning of the holiday season. For me it meant a great deal of in-store sign designing for the great x-mas window display, and the onslaught of holiday music.
     I’ve always been sort of the ‘black sheep’ in my family, and would argue with my Dad day in and out about the music played in the shop. My father would be furious that I would want to play tracks nobody had ever heard of in the store, when it was Britney Spears or Debbie Gibson that was putting food on our table, LOL. He wasn’t wrong, but I always felt kind of cheated by the radio’s five song  playlist even early on. My 1975 discovery and love of Kiss (you know, the band with the four drag queens in kabuki makeup that spit blood, breathed fire, flew around the stage in 7 inch heels and eventually blew the entire stage up) and the public’s complete disregard and disgust of them made me realize if I wanted to find new and different music, it was going to take a lot of work. With the exception of ‘Rock & Roll All Night‘, Kiss survived for over 35 years with virtually no radio support whatsoever, and are arguably one of the most successful and influential rock and roll bands in the world. Impressive.
      It was this argument with my father and interest in non-radio friendly music that really drove me to seek out the weirdest and most exciting new sounds I could find (to drive Dad crazy) and more importantly it lead me to become the DJ that I am. I don’t know about you guys, but if I never hear ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer‘ again it’ll be too soon.
     Now don’t get me wrong, I love holiday music! I still play Mariah Carey‘s Christmas album just as much as the next guy, and you will occasionally hear some of the songs on my playlist on the radio, as many have now acquired cult status, but here it is complete with iTunes size artwork to download, my official ‘Off the Wall Holiday Favorites’ Christmas Playlist:
YOU’RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH – THURL RAVENSCROFT – Probably my all time favorite, I love dry, sarcastic humor and I loved the Grinch as a kid because he was always so annoyed with everyone for being happy. What can I say, I was a weird kid, lol.

THE MOST WONDERFUL DAY OF THE YEAR – VIDEOCRAFT CHORUS

– Being a misfit myself, I’ve always identified and loved the misfit toys (especially the fish that swam in jelly!). What a sweet song!

CHRISTMAS JOLLIES – THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA – A Music Factory holiday staple, somehow I still love listening to this album on Christmas though we must have heard it 500 times a day during the holiday season. The greatest Disco Christmas album by one of the greatest Disco bands of all time – The Salsoul Orchestra!

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