The Richy & Jeff Show #20

Smith And Burrows - as featured in episode 20

Episode 20!!! We made it! And, at Jeff’s insistence, it turns out to be our first Christmas show. Kind of inevitable really!

Of the 7 tracks we play this week, 5 are festive (or at least, somewhat Christmas related), but much to Richy’s surprise, not cheesily so. In fact there’s a couple of corkers and all, thankfully, a thousand miles away from Noddy and the boys.

We start with Jeff’s favourite ever Christmas track, a modern, but classic sounding track from a duo of musicians better know for other stuff. Richy delves into his distant past for an emotive Gothic / Hippy Rock track. Then it all gets a bit bizarre – a 70’s Prog cover of a classic Christmas Carol, a sort-of-soundtrack number from a sort-of-Christmas-related film and a Folk-Polka thrash about Santa from a total legend.

And then we’re back to normality (at least, normal for us!) for the new tracks – a torch song by Aussie twins (coincidentally born on Christmas Day!) and a final, fun and funky dance number to round things off.

We discuss what it is that makes a Christmas song and don’t really come up with anything concrete. Richy reports back from two underwhelming gigs and looks forward to a couple of hopefully better ones in 2015. Jeff plugs his new adventures in radio and trails his last Vinyl Frontier of the year, Band On The Run / Phil Spector’s Xmas Album.

Did we miss any cracking Christmas tunes? Our next episode will be our “2015 Review Of The Year” show – has it been a vintage year, or one to forget? What do you think?

Thanks as always for listening, we really appreciate it.

Richy & Jeff (and Mark!)

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