The below-zero wind chill is gone, and so is my energy.
So we’re gonna keep it simple. Tonight, we rock the tree.
“Rock & Roll Christmas,” George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 1983. As you can see, it once was used to rock the house at MTV. Damn! Mark Goodman gets a nice long smooch from a cutie under the mistletoe at 1:55!
(Is that really John Lee Hooker as Santa Claus as suggested on YouTube? I’m skeptical, but my friend Larry says in the comments: “I think that may in fact be Hooker as Santa” and points to the photos of Thorogood and Hooker taken by Bob Leafe at an MTV taping in 1984. “I’d love to know for sure,” Larry says. So would I. Ah, those little mysteries.)
“Sock It To Me, Santa,” Bob Seger and the Last Heard, 1966. “Deck the Halls” meets Mitch Ryder and James Brown on this rave-up by a young Seger and one of his earliest Detroit bands.
You can find the Seger and Thorogood cuts on “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas,” 1995. Also on this fine record: “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses, “Merry Christmas Baby” by Chuck Berry, “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and some other faves of the ’70s and ’80s.
“Run Rudolph Run,” Keith Richards, 1978, released as a single with a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” on the flip side. It was re-released in 2007 as a single with a cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” as the flip side. (This one is for Chris in Germany.)
Though recorded by Chuck Berry, he didn’t write it. You know “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” Johnny Marks wrote all of them.
You can find the Richards and Seger cuts on “Little Steven’s Underground Garage Presents Christmas A Go-Go,” released in 2008. However, the Seger cut is on the CD only and not available digitally.