The Show: Aquarium Drunkard vs Funky 16 Corners

First up, an addendum to The Joint from 12/12/2020.

If you enjoyed the last 10 minutes of that show, lifted from the recent Steve McQueen “Lovers Rock” film, let us point you in the direction of  J.D. Twitch’s SoundCloud page. He had a much more creative vision than we did, placing the a cappella cast version of Janet Kay’s “Silly Games” over a Denis Bovell remix of the same song.

And, now, on with the show – a mix of two festive halves. The first half comes courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard and the second half courtesy of Funky 16 Corners.

Direct download: The Joint – 26 December 2020

  • MIKEY DREAD  –  JBC Radio broadcast, Christmas Eve 1978
  • SILVERTONES  –  Bling Bling Christmas
  • ALTON ELLIS  –  Praise Jah, It’s Christmas
  • PREMO & JOE  –  Peace On Earth
  • DOREEN SHAFFER  –  Wishing You A Merry Christmas
  • AL & THE VIBRATORS  –  Merry Christmas
  • JACKIE MITTOO  –  Joy Joy
  • KINGSTONIANS, THE  –  Merry Merry Christmas
  • CIMARONS, THE  –  Holy Christmas
  • PALEMINA & FAITH D’AGUILAR  –  Santa Ketch Up Eena Mango Tree
  • ALTON ELLIS & THE LIPSTICKS  –  Merry Merry Christmas
  • SUGAR MINOTT  –  Christmas Jambree
  • OWEN GRAY  –  Collins Greetings
  • MAYTALS, THE  –  Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song)
  • HALF PINT  –  Christmas Vibes
  • ETHIOPIANS, THE  –  Ding Dong Bell
  • LITTLE JOHN  –  Save A Little For Christmas
  • HEPTONES  –  Christmas Is Here
  • DON CORNEL & THE ETERNALS  –  Christmas Joy
  • LEE SCRATCH PERRY & SANDRA ROBINSON  –  Merry Christmas Happy New Year


  • IKE AND TINA TURNER  –  Merry Christmas Baby
  • OTIS REDDING  –  White Christmas
  • SOULFUL STRINGS  –  Jingle Bells
  • ALBERT KING  –  Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
  • FELICE TAYLOR  –  It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)
  • HONEY AND THE BEES  –  Jing Jing a Ling
  • THE GEMS  –  Love For Christmas
  • JAMES BROWN  –  Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
  • CHARLES BROWN  –  Merry Christmas Baby
  • COUNT SIDNEY AND THE DUKES  –  Soul Christmas
  • DONNY HATHAWAY  –  This Christmas
  • BOBBY HOLLOWAY  –  Funky Little Drummer Boy
  • CLARENCE CARTER  –  Backdoor Santa
  • HARVEY AVERNE BAND  –  Let’s Get It Together This Christmas
  • J HINES AND THE BOYS  –  A Funky X-Mas To You
  • FREDDY KING  –  I Hear Jingle Bells
  • DEE IRWIN AND MAMIE GALORE  –  All I Want For Christmas Is Your Love
  • JOHNNY AND JON  –  Christmas in Vietnam
  • JOHN LEE HOOKER  –  Blues For Christmas
  • GEORGE CONEDY  –  El Nino Del Tambor
  • SOULFUL STRINGS  –  Merry Christmas Baby

The Show: Happy Christmas From The Stars

neteToday’s show contained snippets from a flexi-disc that was given away with a December 1982 edition of Smash Hits. The top pop stars of the day (plus The Piranhas‘ Boring Bob Grover) recorded special Christmas greetings for the readers. The idea was Neil Tennant’s, the news editor at the time.

To hear recollections from other writers and editors have a listen to The Word podcast “Remembering Smash Hits” taken from one of this year’s Word In Your Ear events. One anecdote involves heroin, Marilyn, Jimmy Saville, sea cadets, French restaurateurs and a stroppy teenager from Rochdale – all the elements you need for a true Christmas tale.

And here’s the playlist in full…

Direct download: The_Joint_2014-12-20-12-14.mp3

12pm – 1pm

1pm – 2pm

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