088 CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS: THE STAR WARS CHRISTMAS ALBUM

20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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COMPACT DISC-USSION: “Happy X-Mas Amedda (Star Wars is over)” (1980): Its Life Day, pal. So let’s don some robes and walk single file into a burning sun. Or, to celebrate a slightly different holiday, why not turn to the gold-throated tones of C3P0 and his Proto-crooning revue, CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS. Yep … Star Wars did a Christmas album. And Bob and Tim listened to it.

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - how talking works
00:00:38  BOBBY AND THE JETS - kicking of the commercial season
00:05:13  THE CD IS … THE STAR WARS CHRISTMAS ALBUM - Who’s a fan?  And, also, who’s not a fan.
00:08:54  CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS - C3P0 takes the mic (?)
00:11:46  CASH GRABBA THE HUTT - and will Bob’s kids hear this?
00:20:14  BELLS BELLS BELLS -  Spoiler Alert for S. Claus
00:25:25  THE ODDS AGAINST CHRISTMAS - never sing me the odds
00:27:14  WHAT CAN YOU GET A WOOKIE FOR CHRISTMAS (WHEN HE ALREADY OWNS A COMB - and some actual continuity 
00:31:42  NOVELTY ADAPTATION - and when it starts to wear off 
00:34:53  R2-D2 WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS -  the saddest christmas gift ever
00:41:02  SLEIGH RIDE - shout-out to Ben Burtt
00:45:30  BOSK-GROUND MUSIC - and a holiday Herring
00:49:00  MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS - forgettably catchy
00:50:45  A CHRISTMAS SIGHTING (’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS) - a serviceable Star Wars 
00:55:18  THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS -  Claus for alarm
01:02:10  THE DEMEANING OF STAR WARS - and a niche hope
01:05:19  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch-phrase

Light up with R2 and then shoot up with 3PO with this vintage STAR WARS SMOKING PSA and STAR WARS IMMUNIZATION PSA.

Bleed ears through some of the most discordant sounds this side of the Monster Mash with Tim’s least favorite Christmas song, Elmo and Patsy’s GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER off the 1979 album of the same name.

Catch a whiff of WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?, a duet between Stimpy and his fart-child Stinky from the 1993 album REN AND STIMPY’S CROCK-O-CHRISTMAS.

Soak up the schmaltz as Grace Adler’s ex Harry Connick Jr. croons WHEN MY HEART FINDS CHRISTMAS off his similarly named 1993 album.

Give the gift you can’t regift (nuclear apocalypse) with Weird Al Yankovic’s CHRISTMAS AT GROUND ZERO from his 1986 album POLKA PARTY.

Seek out a second “Certain Point Of View” IN PRAISE OF THE BIZARRE 1980S STAR WARS CHRISTMAS ALBUM from VULTURE.com.

Hoth yourself a Merry Little Christmas with these HIGHLIGHTS FROM 40 YEARS OF LUCASFILM STAR WARS HOLIDAY CARDS.

And witness visions of sugar plumbs suddenly crying out in terror and being suddenly silenced as S. Claus detonates THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS from the STAR WARS CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return next week with some dull holiday animation drawn out in real time.