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The AIR Christmas Special 2022

The AIR is in Holiday Mode all this week, and Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, replacing RFC on this week’s schedule, you can listen to The AIR Christmas Special 2022  at The AIR website, or on the embedded radio player located elsewhere on this page.

This is an all-new three-hour show where, like last year,  your host, Rudy Panucci, and his wife, Mel Larch, banter and play holiday music from lots of cool artists, but this year we have extra guests as our second hour sees Herman Linte, from Prognosis, Sydney Fileen from Sydney’s Big Electric Cat and Nigel Pye from Psychedelic Shack drop by to share Christmas tunes in New Wave, Progressive and Psychedelic styles. They even play a Ska tune for Dexter Checkers, who couldn’t make the taping.

The transAtlantic recording process was something we hadn’t done since I guest-hosted a dozen episodes of Prognosis a few years ago, and production took longer than expected, which is why this post is being written so late (it’s already Tuesday morning).  Still it was loads of fun, and will prepare us for a special project early next year.

We have some great new tunes this year, and since I’m not putting links in the playlist, I’ll mention a few of them here.

We open our show with a 33-year old location recording of Clownhole at The Charleston Playhouse. You can see the video of this performance in the Radio Free Charleston video show, which can be viewed HERE. I didn’t mention it in this show, but rumor has it that we’re going to hear new recordings from Clownhole in the new year. About time!

We also have a lovely new track from our Chicago pipeline. Lia Caton is an award-winning country artist and songwriter who splits her time between Naperville, IL and Nashville. Candy Fernaux is a critically acclaimed Music City recording artist whose upcoming album, Make Your Own Magic, is scheduled to be released via streaming platforms and on vinyl in 2023.  Lia and Candy have teamed up for a cover of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” a traditional country song written by the late R. Fisher Boyce and popularized by The Judds on their 1987 album Christmas Time With The Judds.

Todd Burge is a WV music legend, and you can find his music on Bandcamp.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the philanthropic heart of Broadway. They provide groceries and medication, health care and hope to those in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses.  Mel’s picks to represent Curtain Call in our third hour come from their Carols For A Cure series of CDS, which you can buy HERE.

And now, the playlist…

The AIR Christmas Special 2022

Clownhole “Deck The Halls”
Lia Caton and Candy Fernaux “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”
Todd Burge “Santa Canta Getta Down The Chimney This Year”
Diablo Blues Band with Mel Larch “Please Come Home For Christmas”
Donna Summer “Christmas Is Here”
Earth Wind and Fire “Every Day Is Christmas”
Mistletoe Disco Band “Winter Wonderland”
Boney M “Mary’s Boy Child”
Sukkerchok “Hele Julenat Hele Juledag”
Erasure “She Won’t Be Home”
Deni Bonet “It’s You and Me This Christmas”
Dr. Jazz & Dirty Bucks Swing Band “White Christmas”
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers “Christmas Swing”
Kate Fagan “Santa, What Do Bad Girls Get”
Brian Stezter Orchestra “Boobie Woogie Santa Claus”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Christmas Is Starting Now”
Royal Crown Revue “Hey Santa”

hour two
Reel Big Fish “Skank For Christmas”
Cyndi Lauper “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
Joey Ramone “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Andy Partidge “Countdown To Christmas Partytime”
The Dickies “Silent Night”
The Damned “There Ain’t No Sanity Claus”
Steve Morse “Carol of the Bells”
Jethro Tull “Birthday Card at Christmas”
Pallas “Christmas on the Edge of Time”
ELP “I Believe In Father Christmas”
The Free Design – Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)
Byzantine Empire – Snow Queen
David Santo – Jingle Down A Hill
The Crossbeats – Snow Covered Mountains
Simon and Garfunkel – Star Carol

Hour Three
Mountain Laurel Ensemble “Oh Holy Night”
cast of Beautiful “Christmas Vacation”
cast of Chicago “Christmas in Fishnets”
cast of Jersey Boys “The 12 Days of Christmas”
cast of Million Dollar Quartet “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”
cast of Avenue Q “Ave Maria”
The Dollyrots “Christmas Don’t Be Late”
Cheap Trick “Father Christmas”
The Beatles “Christmas Outtake”
Ella Fitzgerald “We Three Kings/Oh Little Town”
Chuck Berry “Run, Rudolph, Run”
Louis Jordan and his Timpani Five “May Every Day Be Christmas”
Lionel Hampton “Merry Christmas Baby”
Tommy Lee & The Orbits “Jingle Rock”
Big Joe Tunrer “Christmas Date Boogie”
The Beach Bopys “Little Saint Nick”
Aretha Franklin “Joy To The World”
Shakin’ Stevens “Merry Christmas, Everyone”
Leon Redbone “Christmas Ball Blues”
ATHF “‘Twas The Night Before Jesus”

You can hear The AIR Christmas Special 2022  Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR.  We’ll also sneak in a few extra airings among our holiday marathons which will take over The AIR for the rest of the week.

Heck, I’ll even embed a low-fi version here so you can listen on demand…


Happy Holidays from PopCult and The AIR.

1 Comment

  1. Randy Brown

    Yes, I can confirm Clownhole is recording. I tried to text you about it Rudy and was gonna give you sneak peak. You can contact me at the email below. Lots of other cool stuff to tell ya.

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