Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Passed 2007

It's late on Christmas eve as I post this, I've been running behind all month.

This is a compilation I just recently threw together rather quickly. I hope it came out OK. I didn't get the chance to completely check out each song. I didn't even make a cover for it.

This comp features Christmas songs by artists who passed away during 2007 (is that morbid?). I know there are a ton more I could have included, but I didn't have the time to search for them. Enjoy.

Track List

1. Monster's Holiday - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (died April 25 - age 69)
2. At Christmas Time - Dan Fogelberg (died December 16 - age 56)
3. Mele Kalikimaka - Don Ho (died April 14 - age 76)
4. This Christmas - Don Ho
5. 18 Shopping Days Till Christmas - Frankie Laine (died February 6 - age 93)
6. I Believe - Frankie Laine
7. I'd Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas - Hank Thompson (died November 6 - age 82)
8. Ave Maria - Luciano Pavarotti (died September 6 - age 71)
9. Panis Angelicus - Luciano Pavarotti
10. 11 Shopping Days Till Christmas - Mary Kaye Trio (Mary Kaye died February 17 - age 83)
11. Christmas City - Merv Griffin (died August 12 - age 82)
12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Merv Griffin
13. Merry Christmas Polka - Merv Griffin
14. Frosty The Snowman - Porter Wagoner (died October 28 - age 80)
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Porter Wagoner
16. Jingle Bells - Porter Wagoner
17. Do You Hear What I Hear - Robert Goulet (died October 30 - age 73)
18. Sleigh Ride - Robert Goulet
19. The Christmas Waltz - Robert Goulet
20. O Come All Ye Faithful - Tammy Faye Bakker/Messner (died July 20 - age 65)
21. White Christmas - The Drifters (bass singer Bill Pinkney died July 4 - age 81)

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--> Christmas Passed 2007 <--

Friday, December 21, 2007

A Dynamite December

Here's the holiday pages from the December 1976 issue of Scholastic's Dynamite magazine.

Besides the cover story about Donny & Marie, the other featured articles were --
The Amazing Spider-Man: Meet his makers!
"When I Was a Kid": Ron Howard tells his whole story from the beginning to the "Happy Days" of today.
Jay J. Armes: Getting the facts on a real private eye!



December Is Monster Month!

Count Morbida's Monthly Puzzle Pages

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Photos

I didn't get the chance to go through all of my old Christmas photos, but here's two that I had on hand --

Me and my brother, probably late 60's

My nephew and son with Santa in 2004

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/Frosty The Snowman OST


Told and Sung by
Starring the talents of:
Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn

Told and Sung by
Starring the talents of:
Billy De Wolfe and Jackie Vernon

Lyrics by JULES BASS * Music by MAURY LAWS
Both RANKIN/BASS TV Specials written by ROMEO MULLER

This a rip of the CD released by Turner Records/Rhino in 2002.

Click the link below to download --

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Misc.

If you're looking to download classic Christmas music from vinyl, you need to visit these sites --

FaLaLaLaLa (check out the forums)
Ernie (Not Bert)
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else

Here's a couple of interesting Christmas songs --

If you grew up in the late 70's and early 80's you probably wanted some Star Wars toys for Christmas. Here's a song that celebrates that. From the Twelve Months Of Christmas blog.

Christmas Tauntauns by Kristy Dawson

Be sure to get Christmas In The Stars: STAR WARS Christmas Album that I posted last year.

To go along with The Twelve Days Of A Cleveland Browns Christmas that I posted a few weeks ago --

The Twelve Days Of A Pittsburgh Steelers Christmas

(scroll to the bottom of the page for the link)

Eating Tips for The Holidays

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an 'eggnog-aholic' or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it!!!! Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone! Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other peoples food for free. Lots of it. Hello???

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat - have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips: Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Announcement

Well, I'd planned on sharing a bunch of Christmas music and photos this month, but my darn personal life keeps getting in the way. It's nothing that we won't eventually overcome, but right now it sucks. I'm still gonna try to get a few Chistmas posts up before the 25th (just not as many as I'd hoped).

Happy Holidays everybody and thanks for perusing the Wonderful Wonderblog!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Do You Fear What I Fear

If you like your holidays filled with mirth, mayhem, madness, monsters and murder than this is the compilation for you. I put this comp together because I'm a huge fan of monsters and Christmas. I hope you enjoy it.

Track Listing

1. A Really, Really Scary Merry Intro - SheDaisy
2. (All I Want For Christmas Is) My Two Front Teeth - The Count
3. I Hate Christmas - Oscar The Grouch
4. 100,000 Turkeys - Chris T-T
5. A Visit Form St. Nicholson - Bob Rivers Comedy Corp.
6. Jingle Hells Bells - Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio
7. Away In A Madhouse - Matt Fahey
8. It's The Most Horrible Time Of The Year - J.D. Titan
9. Dead By Xmas - Hanoi Rocks
10. Happy Ghoultide - Roy Odis
11. How The Grinch Stole Christmas - The Ohio City Singers
12. Little Drummer Boy - Tonto, Tarzan and Frankenstein
13. 13 Shopping Days Till Christmas - Boris Karloff
14. HMH Foyer - Haunted Mansion Holiday
15. HMH Graveyard - WDI
16. HMH Madame Leota 13 Days Of Christmas - WDI
17. HMH Stretching Room - John Debney
18. Scary Bells - Disneyland
19. Humbug - The Alcoa Singers
20. The Stingiest Man In Town - The Alcoa Singers
21. It's Christmas Or Us - Old Friend, Chorus
22. Monster Christmas Mash - Dracula, Chorus
23. No Presents For Christmas - King Diamond
24. Special Message To Station Owners - Boris Karloff
25. Psycho - The Western Caravan feat. Thirsty Dave
26. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Mutineers
27. Silent Night, Deadly Night (Title Score) - Perry Botkin, Jr.
28. Santa's Watching (from Silent Night, Deadly Night)
29. Secret Satan - Karkis
30. Santa And The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
31. The Munsters Scary Little Christmas closing
32. Auld Lang Syne - The Lothars

Click below to download --

--> Do You Fear What I Fear <--

Some notes --

Tracks 7 & 8 are from a CD called A Very Scary Solstice by The HP Lovecraft Historical Society. You can buy the CD here. They also have a free download of the song "Blue Solstice" from An Even Scarier Solstice.

Tracks 19 & 20 are from the album An Old-Fashioned Christmas. The full album is available for download at A Christmas Yuleblog.

Tracks 21 & 22 are from the album Monster Christmas Mash. This is one of my favorite albums that I've had since it came out in 1974. It's probably the reason for my love of monsters and Christmas. You can download it at Mostly Ghostly Music Sharing Blaaahhhggg!!!.

More scary Christmas music is available at the Universal Horror Sounds blog.

HOLIDAY HORRORS - A Seasonal Compilation

TALES FROM THE CRYPT - Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas (1995)


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Evel Knievel, RIP

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills. He also suffered two strokes in recent years.

Longtime friend and promoter Billy Rundle said Knievel had trouble breathing at his Clearwater condominium and died before an ambulance could get him to a hospital.

"It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?" Rundle said.

Immortalized in the Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He suffered nearly 40 broken bones before he retired in 1980.

"I think he lived 20 years longer than most people would have" after so many injuries, said his son Kelly Knievel, 47. "I think he willed himself into an extra five or six years."

Read the full story here.

Here's a comic book add from the 70's featuring Evel Knievel toys. Me, my brother and friends had some of these when we were kids. Mr. Knievel was an icon and he will be missed.