The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

12 Discs of Christmas 2011 #12

The Greedies - A Merry Jingle (Vertigo 6198-513; 1979)

Funny, you'd think a medley of We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells recorded by ex-Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook, and Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Brian Downey and Scott Gorham would have found its way into the popular Yuletide playlist, but it seems the single is largely forgotten now. Over 30 years later though, it still sounds fresh and fun, I'm glad classic rock radio never got ahold of it, even though at the time it even got an airing on Top of the Pops.


Frank Coleman said...

Wow! Thanks for this!

Michel said...

Thanks for yet another fine series!

swac said...

Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it!

mister muleboy said...

I've lived with the YouTube version for a long time, never even knowing they'd named the group (or paying attention if it's announced on the airing). Thanks!

PS jonesie's jukebox RULES!