Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Christmas Song - Angel

The rock band Angel was discovered by KISS' Gene Simmons in a Washington, DC club in 1975. They released six albums between 1975-1980 but never quite hit the big time. I had their album On Earth As It Is In Heaven (1977) when I was a kid and listened to it along with my KISS and Alice Cooper records. In 1978 they released a single called The Christmas Song (not to be confused with the 'Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire' song).

The Christmas Song (5.54 MB)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Christmas In The Stars

Here's the classic (?) Christmas In The Stars: STAR WARS Christmas Album. My neighbor had this on vinyl when it came out in 1980. This rip is from the 1996 CD release from Rhino. This album was produced by Meco Monardo, best known for his disco album Star Wars And Other Galactic Funk. It features the voice of Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and sound effects wizard Ben Burtt provides the sounds for R2-D2 and Chewbacca. The strangest thing about this album is that it features an 18-year-old Jon Bon Jovi (credited as John Bongiovi) fronting a high school choir on the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas." Be warned -- this album is pretty cheesy.


1. Christmas In The Stars
2. Bells, Bells, Bells
3. The Odds Against Christmas
4. What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb)
5. R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
6. Sleigh Ride
7. Merry, Merry Christmas
8. A Christmas Sighting ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)
9. The Meaning Of Christmas

Link updated 11/14/07

Click below to download --

Christmas In The Stars: STAR WARS Christmas Album

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Christmas Season Has Officially Begun

By decree of the King, let the festivities begin!

Go to where the King of Jingaling is preserving the memories of Christmas vinyl past.

But, be sure to come back here. I'll be posting some Christmas goodness myself.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Origin Of Pumpkin Pie

From Uncle John's Bathroom Reader --

This traditional holiday treat comes from an old Colonial recipe: a hole was cut in the top of a pumpkin, the seeds were removed, and the cavity was filled with milk, spices, and honey. The pumpkin was then baked. This eventually evolved into baking the mix into a pie. The spices used then--nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla--are still used today.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Remembering Robert Altman...

Director Robert Altman passed away Nov. 20 at age 81. He was responsible for two of my favorite films -- M*A*S*H (1970) and Popeye (1980). In tribute to Mr. Altman, here is a song from each of those movies.

Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)

I'm Popeye The Sailor Man (sung by Robin Williams)

Friday, November 17, 2006

21st Annual Cleveland Christmas Connection

My wife and I spent most of Friday at The Cleveland Christmas Connection at the IX Center. It features over 900 booths of funky, unique and affordable arts, crafts, retail and decorating items for your holiday shopping! We got a start on our Christmas shopping and I got autographs from several Cleveland Browns alumni.Ken Konz (DB 1953-59)
Vince Costello (LB 1957-66)
Ross Fichtner (DB 1960-67)
Sam Rutigliano (Coach 1978-84)
Matt Bahr (K 1981-89)

I also picked up a new CD by Mr. Jingeling, The Keeper Of The Keys called Story & Songs. Mr. Jingeling has been a Cleveland tradition since 1956. I've been looking for his theme song for a while now and this year is the first time it has been made available. It's not the original version, but it will have to do. Here's the track listing for the CD --

1. Mr. Jingeling's Jingle
2. Story of "How Mr. Jingeling Became the Keeper of the Keys"
3. "I Have The Key"
4. Mr. Jingelings Jingle Sing-Along Version
(tracks 5-24 are blank)
25. Hidden TrackHere's the lyrics to Mr. Jingeling's Jingle --

Mister Jingeling
How You Tingeling
Keeper of the Keys
On Halle's Seventh Floor
We'll be Looking for
You to Turn the Keys

Instrumental Break

He Keeps Track
Of Santa's Sack
And Treasure House of Toys
With Wind Up Things
That Santa Brings
To All Good Girls and Boys

Mister Jingeling
How You Tingeling
Keeper of the Keys
On Halle's Seventh Floor
We'll be Looking For
You to Turn the Keys

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

If Anybody Calls, Tell Them Barnaby Said 'Hello'... (link updated July 2, 2007)

Anyone growing up in Northeast Ohio (or Canada) from the late 50's through the late 80's was aware of Barnaby. He was the host of a children's show created by Linn Sheldon. Here's the theme music and his signature ending --

Click below to download (link updated July 2, 2007) --

--> Barnaby <--

The following two novelty Christmas songs were recorded by Barnaby in 1960. Thanks to Lee at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else for posting these last Christmas.

Boofo Goes Where Santa Goes

Rabbits Have A Christmas

Sadly Linn Sheldon passed away this past April at age 86.

Space Academy Coming To DVD

This was a live-action Saturday morning show by Filmation from 1977. I remember watching this as a kid. The cast included --

Jonathan Harris ... Commander Issac Gampu
Ric Carrot ... Captain Chris Gentry
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Cadet Laura Gentry
Brian Tochi ... Cadet Tee Gar Soom
Ty Henderson ... Lt. Paul Jerome
Maggie Cooper ... Adrian
Eric Greene ... Loki
and Peepo the Robot

Read the story HERE.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Halloween Stomp Reminder

I posted this great CD at the beginning of the Halloween season, if you didn't get it then - what are you waiting for?! Christmas?! :) Get it while you can, you won't regret it. Here's the original post --

Halloween Stomp

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lost Toys

McFarlane toys is releasing a line of Lost figures. They are --








Click HERE for photos.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Thank You & Monster Christmas

Thanks to everyone who visited my little blog during October. I hope I made everyone's Halloween a little bit creepier. I have some other (non-Halloween) stuff I'll post this month, though probably not as often. I'm still on dial-up and it takes a looooong time to upload and download stuff (plus my wife likes to get on the computer every once in a while). I'm gonna start gearing up for Christmas. Next to Halloween, Christmas is my favorite time of year. I've been searching for music that combines Christmas and monsters, I have the Tales From The Crypt Christmas CD, The Monster Christmas Mash and a few other songs. If anyone knows of any such music I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks again everybody.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Scrap Happy

Hello, my name is Erick...
(Hi, Erick!)
And I make scrapbooks.

Yes, I'm a scrapper and proud of it. I go to the local Archiver's on crop night and scrap with the ladies.

I made the above poem for a swap in an online scrapbooking group I belong to. Here's how a swap works -- First, the hostess chooses a theme (this one was Halloween). Each group has 12 people in it. Each person makes or buys 12 of the same thing (topper, stickers, paper, poem, brads, ribbon, etc.). You then mail your items to the hostess and she splits them up so that you get one of each different item and she mails them back to you. Hopefully I'll get back some cool stuff to make a Halloween scrapbook.