Thursday, January 14, 2016

Merry Christmas from NOT David Bowie and Bing Crosby!

This will have to serve as my David Bowie tribute. Anything more and, like my friend Jim Gaffigan, I fear I will be confronted by sign waving David Bowie fans and missal thumping faithful Catholic bloggers in a dark alley.

This blog post carries an imprimatur from Cardinal Ravasi.

Some of you may be familiar with the David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet of Little Drummer Boy, recorded in September, 1977 for a television production called Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. If you haven't seen it, you may have heard it. Crosby died a few months later and shortly after that the show was first broadcast on Christmas Eve.

You may like their rendition (with added lyrics by Bowie) or not. But I guarantee that after watching Will Ferrell's and John C. Reilly's parody of it (played almost entirely straight with pitch perfect mimicry overlaying a slight but unmistakable air of menace), you will never be able to watch or listen to it in the same way again.

If that disturbs you, don't watch the parody.

If you choose to watch it, you must watch the original first.

After viewing the set with various friends and acquaintances over the last few years, I've found that people either think this sort of thing is incredibly funny or incredibly pointless. Obviously I fall into the former camp.

Merry Christmas and Enjoy!


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