12/7/09

Yuletide Grooves #2: A 1970's TV Christmas



You remember Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch, right? Younger readers may be more familiar with the role played by Snoop Dogg in the 2004 film parody with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. I couldn't stand his character in the classic blaxsploitation film, Foxy Brown - just a no-good stealin' druggie, and a liability to Foxy.

Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that Antonio Fargas had a freaking Christmas album!  This is the wonder of the Internet - crap like this will be circulated from blog to blog to blog to blog for the next 5 billion years when our sun becomes a red giant and engulfs planet Earth in a cataclysmic inferno.  By then, we will have colonized other planets, and thus have brought our awful albums from the 70's with us.  I guarantee the Huggy Bear Christmas album will be playing in the Venusian biodomes of the distant future..... but I digress.

I mentioned this album last year, but didn't provide a sound clip. Here's "It's Christmas" by Antonio Fargas.


Download or open the file here
Or, you can download the whole album from Christmas-a-go-go

If that's not enough for you, I should mention that The Brady Bunch got in on the Christmas action.




"Frosty the Snowman" was actually the Brady Bunch's first single. Listen to it here or download the whole album from Stax-o-Wax



 Cindy Brady provides lead on this track - the rest of the Brady kids are relegated to the background (yes, that includes Johnny Bravo). If this song is too sweet for you, then you have a heart of coal and I hope the Ghost of Christmas Future kicks your ass.



We all remember the Brady Christmas episode, "The Voice of Christmas" (1969), right? Here's the synopsis:

Just in time for the holidays, Carol develops laryngitis and may not be able to sing at Christmas services, prompting Cindy to ask a department store Santa for a miracle. Meanwhile, the older siblings decide that, given Carol's illness, Christmas should be postponed until she gets well, leading Alice to teach them the true meaning of Christmas.


 
If you can listen to Cindy say “He’s better than a doctor, he’s Santa Claus!” and not have a tear form in the corner of your eye, then I think that, like the Grinch, your heart is "three sizes too small"
 
And last but not least is The Partridge Family who released a Christmas album in 1971. Given the fact that Shirley Jones and David Cassidy were both excellent singers, this album is actually pretty good in its own right and not just for kitsch or nostalgic value.
 


I seem to remember a Partridge Family Christmas episode where they're in a small town that his its bell stolen.  Beyond that, I'm a little fuzzy. Oh well, here's "Winter Wonderland" by The Partridge Family. Enjoy!



Download or open the track here


13 comments:

  1. Zoinks!

    Shirley Jones was a FOX!!!

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  2. Great stuff. That Brady episode is a Christmas classic! And that tune is sweet. Cindy had a cool voice for stuff like that. Fun!

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  3. I own the Partridge Family album on vinyl. I bought it at a yard sale across the street from my house when the owner passed away. It is indeed a surprisingly good record. The only downer is an unusually slow, solemn sounding version of "Frosty The Snowman."

    Other than that, the album is quite enjoyable. There's even a good original, "My Christmas Card to You," which is the first track. The remaining songs are traditional favorites. Thanks for these finds!

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  4. What gifts does Huggy Bear give out at Christmas?

    Ho..Ho.. Ho's!

    Get it? He was a pimp on TV!

    I'm sorry. I going to go drown myself in eggnog.

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  5. Jesus Christ Cindy! Get the marbles out of your mouth.

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  6. ..and I just Tweeted this link. I love this blog!

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  7. Didn't Huggy Bear play the pimp Fly Guy from "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"?

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  8. Shouldn't that read Thindy thay “He’th better than a doctor, he’th Thanta Clauth!”??

    And my heart must be like the Grintch's, because when I hear that song, I just want to punch her little face.

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  9. Wow! I just watched the Brady episode at my Mom's this weekend. She got some DVD with a dozen or so TV show Christmas specials like I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, up through Taxi and Wings. And I did tear up at Cindy. She's so cute.

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  10. Huggy Bear. Did. A. Christmas. Album?

    I think my brain just exploded.

    I *need* this album.

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  11. Carol doesn't look much older than 18 in that group photo!

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  12. If you've been having trouble downloading the Huggy Bear Xmas song, I just fixed the link.

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