On the twelfth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
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A fitting end to the festive season courtesy of the Muppets and John Denver.
It’s twelfth night, so it’s time to take down the tinsel, box up the decorations for another year and mulch the tree (you might want to skip the mulching if you have an artificial tree).
And what better way to round off the festivities, not to mention The Cathode Ray Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas, than with The Muppets singing us out in style – with a little help from the late John Denver and a lot of hindrance from Fozzie Bear.
Enjoy (and remember, only 353 days till Christmas 2010)!
On the eleventh day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
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A lyrical lament about the trials and tribulations of juggling two families during the festive season.
Our penultimate Christmas cracker comes courtesy of Steve Coogan‘s sleazy alter-ego Tony Ferrino.
An arrogant, egotistical, apparently homicidal Portuguese singer, Ferrino was one of Coogan’s less-successful characters, compared to the likes of Alan Partridge and Paul Calf.
However, he did shine briefly in the excellent one-off special The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon back in January 1997.
A spot-on, darkly comic spoof of the sort of cosy, old-fashioned festive musical variety shows that, even back then, they didn’t make any more, one of the highlights was the string of excellent comedy songs, which are always tricky to pull off.
And here’s one of the best:
On the tenth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
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A TV geek’s Christmas dream come true.
Today’s Christmas post is one for the Choob’s fellow TV geeks.
It’s a compilation of all the BBC’s Christmas idents (those little scenes with the BBC logo that accompany the continuity announcments between programmes) from 1983 right up to 2006.
For completeness, here are the 2007 idents. Note that the BBC2 ident was reused in 2008 and 2009:
Here is the 2008 BBC1 Wallace And Gromit ident, plus the shorter “stings”:
And finally, the 2009 David Tennant Doctor Who ident plus the stings:
On the ninth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
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A Christmas serenade from 20 Minutes Into The Future.
Max Headroom‘s brief, but brilliant, TV career started back in 1985 on the UK’s own fledgling Channel 4.
Set in a dystopian, cyberpunk society, the groundbreaking TV movie Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into The Future introduced the character and explained his origin as the egotistical, slightly unhinged digital alter-ego of investigative reporter Edison Carter (with the excellent, somewhat under-rated Matt Frewer playing both Max and Carter).
Max went on to present a music video show on Channel 4, before US TV developed the original TV movie into a short-lived weekly drama series. Max also hosted a chat show, appeared in TV adverts and had a Christmas special in, I think, 1987, which is where today’s clip comes from.
On the eighth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
A happy U2 New Year to you, too
A very Happy New Year to you all from The Cathode Ray Choob and here’s wishing you all the best for 2010.
To celebrate, here is U2 performing (what else?) New Year’s Day (preceded by October).
Recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado, on June 5, 1983, this remains, for my money, the definitive filmed U2 live performance.
On the fifth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
Aimee Mann’s lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
Last year and the year before, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann made a couple of star-studded short comedy films that were screened during her Christmas gigs each year.
In 2008, she gave us her version of A Christmas Carol, with Mann playing the Scrooge role and her husband Michael Penn as Marley.
It also features some big-name actor friends including Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Arrested Development), John Krasinski (from the US version of The Office) and John C Reilly (Magnolia, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Step Brothers).
Particular highlights are part 3, with Cera, and part 4, with John C Reilly.
After the John Krasinski segment, he joined her on stage for a duet. Not sure if this was a one-off at the LA gig or if this happened throughout the tour, but here’s the video:
And here is the is the 2007 Christmas film, in which Aimee tries to convince various celebrities to appear at her gig.
Guest stars in this one include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, John Krasinski (again) and Weird Al Yankovic:
On the fourth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
Another classic Christmas single.
So, we’ve already had the greatest Christmas single ever made as part of the choob’s first Christmas celebrations… but this one is up there with the best of them, too.
From 1980, it’s Jona Lewie and Stop The Cavalry.
Altogether now: “Duba duba dum-dum Duba duba dum duba dum-dum duba-dum duba-duba dum…”