Mixtape Monday: Christmas 1987

Welcome to the first of two very special Mixtape Mondays where HERC shares his early attempts at Annual Christmas Mixes.  Today's mix is his first attempt, Christmas 1987.
Christmas 1987 was HERC's first Christmas with his wife and three month old daughter.  They celebrated that first Christmas with two housemates, his sister-in-law and her best friend.  MRS. HERC approved a $50 Christmas music budget.  HERC bought two Christmas CDs that had just been released that year: A Very Special Christmas and Rhino's release of Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You
Together, those two albums make up the bulk of that first Christmas Mixtape.  The rest of the selections were sourced from vinyl, either 45s (Eagles), 12"s (Band Aid) or albums (everything else).  HERC's third Christmas music purchase that year was a used copy of The Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas double disc set from PDQ.  Don't know why none of the songs from it were included; both CDs received lots of play that year and for years to come.

SIDE A45:27
1963Santa Claus Is Coming To TownThe Crystals03:26
1987Winter WonderlandEurythmics03:36
1963White ChristmasDarlene Love02:55
1978Please Come Home For ChristmasEagles02:57
1981Little Drummer BoyJoan Jett & the Blackhearts04:14
1987Run Rudolph RunBryan Adams02:43
1987Do You Hear What I HearWhitney Houston03:33
1987Gabriel's MessageSting02:14
19832000 MilesPretenders03:40
1986Christmas At Ground Zero"Weird" Al Yankovic03:08
1987Merry Christmas BabyBruce Springsteen04:53
1987Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)U202:21
1948All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)Spike Jones02:22
1987Coventry CarolAlison Moyet03:25
SIDE B41:35
1963Frosty The SnowmanThe Ronettes02:19
1987Santa BabyMadonna02:35
1983Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeLou Ann Barton02:04
1977Father ChristmasThe Kinks03:45
1963Sleigh RideThe Ronettes03:04
1987I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa CluasJohn Cougar Mellencamp02:39
1963Rudolph The Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Crystals02:30
1987Let The Jingle Bells RockSweet Tee03:57
1984Grandma Got Run Over By A ReindeerElmo & Patsy03:26
1963Here Comes Santa ClausBob. B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans02:06
1958The Chipmunk SongThe Chipmunks02:17
1984Do They Know It's Christmas? [remix]Band Aid06:16
1987Silent NightStevie Nicks with Robbie Nevil04:37

HERC doesn't remember making any copies of Christmas 1987 other than a copy for MRS. HERC to listen to in her car, a 1976 Camaro with a deluxe Alpine deck.  HERC kept a copy in the deck of his '64 Bug as well.  While researching this post, HERC noticed that the j-card used was a reused one.  Back in the early years of his marriage and indeed the two years before he was married, times were tough and he reused a lot of his tapes.  What's interesting about this particular one is it is about as far from Christmas as one could get.  See for yourself.

1 comment:

  1. I like your style, Ol' Saint Herc... I, too, bought "A Very Special Christmas" when it first came out (on vinyl, in my case). Great album in retrospect, although I remember being thoroughly disappointed at the time that they included the Pointer Sisters' "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" instead of Springsteen's version; while at the same time choosing to include Bruce's less enthralling "Merry Christmas Baby". I was also irked by the inclusion of Bryan Adams "Run Rudolph Run" instead of his (or rather, my) '85 favorite, "Christmas Time". Amazingly, I somehow managed to survive those perceived slights, and moved on with my life... Don't ask me how!

    As far as Spector's Christmas album is concerned, I really don't have much to say other than: "Greatest Christmas Album Of All Time!" Absolutely flawless... Other than psycho Phil's creepy "Silent Night" track, of course; which I can't in good conscience count against the rest of the album. Best representation of all of his 'Wall Of Sound' genius. As I said, "GOAT!" – And I am OUT!