POP QUIZ: SONGS ONLY TODD LIKES (A CHRISTMAS QUIZ) (answers)

First off, big thanks again this Christmas season to Todd J, who supplies all the festive spirit around here. Merry Jingles, Todd.

And congratulations to Michelle B, who made the top of Santa’s ‘nice’ list with an excellent 7/10. Way to go!

1) Who was the American jazz pianist who wrote the music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?
2) Name one item Tom Petty wishes for at the end of “Christmas All Over Again”?
3) The writers of The Christmas Song would like to wish you a Merry Christmas – but only if you belong to what specific age bracket?
4) What Christmas song was originally recorded by British actor William H. Pratt, but has recently been covered surprisingly well by the Whirling Dervishes?
5) What American progressive rock band founded by Paul O’Neill is known primarily for their Christmas music?
6) Name the Christmas song originally recorded by Eartha Kitt but recently mangled by Madonna.
7) Numerous so-called ‘Christmas songs’ are not actually about Christmas at all. ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a rather obvious one; ‘Winter Wonderland’ perhaps less so. What does ‘Good King Wencelas’ celebrate?
8) What Christmas carol is based upon a poem by Longfellow?
9) ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band-Aid was a 1984 effort by UK artists to address famine in Ethiopia. The success of the song resulted in copycats almost immediately: in 1985, USA For Africa released ‘We Are The World’. What was the song and the band name of Canada’s contribution?
10) What Christmas song by Trout Fishing In America, originally released on their 1988 album Stark Raving Trout, has since been removed from that album and is no longer included on any of their discography?

1) VINCE GUARALDI
2) A NEW RICKENBACKER GUITAR, TWO FENDER BASSMANS, A CHUCK BERRY SONGBOOK OR A XYLOPHONE (accept any one of…)
3) 1 TO 92
4) YOU’RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH
5) TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
6) SANTA BABY
7) ST. STEPHEN’S DAY (OR THE FEAST OF STEPHEN)
8) I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
9) NORTHERN LIGHTS, TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH
10) I’M GONNA KILL MYSELF FOR CHRISTMAS

Todd says: “I have to admit that for the past few years, I’ve been oddly annoyed that the writers of The Christmas Song specifically excluded my grandfather from having a Merry Christmas. We were just there today celebrating his 99th birthday…”

I can’t stand Christmas Music myself. It’s mostly because I spent years working retail, where the same songs played on loop all day, every day for a month (or more!) leading up to the holiday. Even the old classics by singers I love, like Sinatra, grate on my nerves now.

Anyway, Christmas is over now. Take down your tree and tinsel, and get ready for the true meaning of New Years Eve: Champagne.

Happy New Year,
QM Bill

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