Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cassettes: 3 A Boy Band Christmas!

Welcome to the Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks 12 Days of Christmas celebration extravaganza!!! (Don't send me messages telling me that the 12 days of Christmas actually BEGIN on Christmas and end on January 6th, with the Epiphany. I know. But I'm not celebrating that way... so let us quickly move along.)

Today I will try to talk to you over the cacophony of thousands of  screaming teenaged girls (nevermind the fact that I am not speaking out loud, just play along) to bring you a pair of cassettes featuring a pair of boy band from two very different eras! 

First up we have the Beach Boys! Formed in 1961 in California, the Beach Boys are FAR from being the world's first boy band... but they came to the scene pretty early on. "Merry Christmas From the Beach Boys" is not an original Beach Boys Christmas album, and is instead an early 90's compilation of earlier Christmas songs released on different Christmas albums. But it still gets the Beach Boys Christmas vibe going. There's that haunting, almost hollow wall-of-wound thing they have going on and their classic sort of doo-wop sounding beach music that treats these songs pretty well. Here's the tracklist:

-Side A-
1. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
2. We Three Kings
3. Frosty the Snowman
4. Blue Christmas

-Side B-
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
6. Little Saint Nick
7. White Christmas
8. Santa's Beard
9. Merry Christmas, Baby

The next cassette almost made me pee when I saw it at Goodwill. Finding a copy of "New Kids on the Block: Merry, Merry Christmas" was so exciting I'm sure Santa heard my squeal of glee all the way up at the North Pole. 

NKOTB was HUGE in the late 80's and "Merry, Merry Christmas" was released in 1989, the same year as the album "Hangin' Tough". Every girl I knew around the time I was 11 years old had posters of these guys GALORE plastered all over their rooms. Here's the track list: 

-Side A- 
1. This One's for the Children
2. Last Night I Saw Santa Claus
3. I'll Be Missin' You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa Claus)
4. I Still Believe in Santa Claus

-Side B- 
5. Merry, Merry Christmas
6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
7. Funky, Funky, Xmas
8. White Christmas
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. This One's for the Children (reprise)

This is a very serious message. So all of you please listen. 

I'll be going right up through Christmas day itself posting, so be sure to join me back here tomorrow for more of the 12 Days of Christmas Cassettes celebration!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Hunting!


  1. I love these! You should get a mini Christmas tree and find a way to hang these cassettes on it like ornaments :)

  2. Two different eras. Wow. The more things change the more they stay the same!


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