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    • One Direction ‘not cool enough for Glastonbury’ July 1, 2015
      Niall Horan isn’t convinced his pop group One Direction would ever wow Glastonbury festival goers should they perform a set at the famous event.
    • Mumford & Sons reveal 'The Wolf' video July 1, 2015
      'Wilder Mind' is Mumford & Sons’ third album. Recorded in London and produced by James Ford, it debuted at number one in six countries
    • Glen Hansard announces new album July 1, 2015
      Didn’t He Ramble, the second solo outing from acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard, will be released September 18 via Anti- Records.
    • Miley: Pride isn’t like Christmas July 1, 2015
      Miley Cyrus says her work with #InstaPride won’t stop when Pride month comes to an end, because her involvement in the social drive has “given me such a purpose”.
    • Winehouse’s unheard demos destroyed July 1, 2015
      Amy Winehouse’s unreleased demos have been destroyed, according to Universal Music chairman David Joseph.
    • Jennifer Hudson: Nerves are great July 1, 2015
      Jennifer Hudson says that nerves are vital when it comes to embarking on a new adventure.
    • Richard Hawley reveals new album with song July 1, 2015
      Following the success of his hugely acclaimed 2012 Top Three album, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, Richard Hawley will release his eighth studio album
    • Gregory Porter announces UK tour July 1, 2015
      Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation Gregory Porter - is proud to announce a 16 date tour around the UK.
    • Skrillex, Diplo & Justin Bieber present new video July 1, 2015
      Earlier this month JACK Ü (Skrillex & Diplo) invited fans to help create the video for 'Where Are Ü Now' with Justin Bieber at the Seventh Letter Gallery in Los Angeles.
    • The Prodigy announce new EP July 1, 2015
      The Prodigy recently announced a huge tour of UK arenas to close their incredible 2015 – a year which witnessed the band score their 6 consecutive number 1 album.
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    • Watch Father John Misty Cover Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”
      Father John Misty has covered Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," the title track to the Canadian band's 2010-released third album. 
    • Watch: Disclosure - “Holding On” (Feat. Gregory Porter) Video
      British dance duo Disclosure are releasing their anticipated second album, Caracal, on September 25 via PMR/Island.
    • Watch Kendrick Lamar Do Stunts and Fly in “Alright” Video
      Kendrick Lamar has released a video for "Alright," a track taken from his acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly album. 
    • Scream
      The mask is different, as is the cast of characters in MTV's small screen adaptation of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson's glorious slasher-film franchise, but the heart is the same. Set in the modern age of texting, cyber-bullying, and viral videos,
    • Watch: Amason - “Yellow Moon” Video
      Amason were one of the highlights of Under the Radar's official nighttime SXSW showcase back in March. Only a couple week ago the Swedish band released a video for "Kelly," but now they already have a new one out for "Yellow Moon."
    • Listen: Painted Palms - “Tracers”
      Painted Palms (aka Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue) are set to release their second album, Horizons, on September 4 via Polyvinyl.
    • Watch Rick Astley Cover Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” at a 1980s Festival
      You've just been Rickrolled. Sort of. When I work up this morning I didn't think I'd be writing a news item on Rick Astley, but what the hell, why not? 
    • Magic Mike XXL
      Magic Mike XXL made me want to be a male stripper.
    • Constantine: The Hellblazer #1
      In many ways, DC's newest relaunch this summer is somewhat enigmatic, and to many readers probably unnecessary. Considering the New 52 is still fresh on our minds, there's no clear direction this latest re-hash is taking the universe.
    • Joy Williams
      For Joy Williams, raising a toddler and pursuing a music career is a balancing act. Literally. During tour rehearsals in April, Williams was singing her Afro-pop flavored single "Woman (Oh Mama)" when her two-year-old sidled up to her.
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    • Premiere: Jonny Polonsky - 'Lay Down Your Arms' June 30, 2015
      Check it out now...Jonny Polonsky may well be a new name to most, but mark it down - it's one you'll hear again and again. Even Black Francis is a fan, with the Pixies frontman musing: "The guy was born to be a rock star and he makes the music to back it up.” New album 'The Other Side of Midnight' is out now, and captured a certain D […]
    • Richard Hawley Announces New Album June 30, 2015
      'Hollow Meadows' will be released on September 11th..Richard Hawley has always been a force to be reckoned with, but it seems that the rest of the world is now catching up. New album 'Hollow Meadows' will be released on September 11th, the singer's first since the Mercury nominated 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'. Ahead o […]
    • Mogwai To Craft Their Own Rum June 30, 2015
      A single cask Demerara, no less...Mogwai unveiled their own whisky back in January, with a few nips of 'rockact81w' proving to be more than enough to keep out the winter's chill. With summer now arriving in all its splendour, the band have switched their attentions, naturally enough, to rum. A 12 year old single cask Demerara rum from the Diam […]
    • Premiere: Lilliput - 'Waiting To Go' June 30, 2015
      Perfect summer fare...Lilliput are two imaginary islands in Gulliver's Travels, a place of fancy, a place for the imagination. A suitable name, then, for a crew of miscreants who have a wide-eyed approach to songwriting. The group's new single 'Waiting To Go' is due to be released on June 17th, with the band set to support Magic Alix on J […]
    • Culture Clash: Mike Patton June 30, 2015
      An archive piece from 2010...A few moments ago, Clash set live an interview with Faith No More's Roddy Bottum focussing on the reformed band's rather great new album 'Sol Invictus'. Digging into the archives, we're able to offer up something equally special. Faith No More singer Mike Patton took part in our regular Culture Clash colu […]
    • Superheroes: Faith No More Interviewed June 30, 2015
      From a tentative re-union to a defining album...Considering his role in one of rock's most virile, vital forces, Roddy Bottum cuts a rather unassuming tone on the telephone from his New York apartment. But then, the musician is a hugely unexpected figure. Alongside his ongoing role in the Faith No More re-union, Bottum is also a member of Imperial Teen, […]
    • U.S. Girls Shares New Track 'Woman's Work' June 30, 2015
      New album incoming...U.S. Girls has now signed to 4AD, with a new album incoming. Ahead of its release, the artist has shared new cut 'Woman's Work'. Emerging from the lo-fi scene, the track finds U.S. Girls staying close to her roots - the sound is frayed, tattered, at times almost bleached out. Yet the sonic has been expanded, the approach s […]
    • Listen: Daye Jack Drops 'Soul Glitch' Mixtape June 30, 2015
      Southern newcomer with an aggressive creativity...Southern newcomer Daye Jack has an aggressive stance to creativity. Tearing up the rulebook, the rapper's flow tumbles over beats which refuse to sit quietly. Ever in flux, Jack's music has a tenacious edge which fuses skittering 8-Bit effects with some lush production. New mixtape 'Soul Glitch […]
    • Premiere: Remi Miles - 'Under Light Symphonies' June 30, 2015
      Live at London's historic KOKO venue...Remi Miles is a dapper chap. A Virginian based in Brighton, the singer fell in love with the area's Mod roots. Yet this highly stylised approach doesn't end at his immaculate tailoring - it's there in his vocal approach, too. Matching 80s pop hooks to a smooth delivery, Remi Miles is most definitely […]
    • Hauntologists - Hauntologists June 30, 2015
      A hypnotic piece of left field electronics...What's in a name? Calling your band Hauntologists summons up some very specific images: Children Of The Stones, Ghost Box records, Delia Derbyshire hunched over some tape loops, real ale drinking beard enthusiasts... But this has none of that. And yet, the name still feels apt. The debut album from Stefan Sch […]
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    • ORIGINAL BLACK SABBATH MEMBER BILL WARD HAS REGRETS OVER “IRON MAN’S” BASS DRUM SOUND June 30, 2015
      Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he never stops listening back to his recorded work – and wishes he could improve certain aspects. The most famous example, he says, is Black Sabbath’s Iron Man, from 1970 album Paranoid. Ward, who released his solo album Accountable Beasts in April, says he still frets over the […]
    • GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER, SONG SAMPLES POSTED ONLINE June 30, 2015
      Operation: Mindcrime, Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche, is proud to announce their upcoming debut album, The Key, on September 18th. To hear a sampling of four songs from the album, watch a trailer below: The first full song from the album will be released in the coming weeks. Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime features band members: […]
    • 6/29: BACK FROM CA & VEGAS, COVERDALE, CHRIS SQUIRE, LIVE TRUNKNATION TONIGHT June 29, 2015
      Back from Vegas and San Jose late last night. Great trip hanging with Frank Dimino, Gregg Giuffria, Paul Crook, Zach Throne, Danny Koker, Ken Ciancimino and all my buds in Vegas! Even hung with Ace Frehley one night. We didn’t know each other would be there and I had a great night with him, Frank […]
    • NICK SIMMONS WRITES “MY DAD, [KISS BASSIST] GENE SIMMONS, IS FULL OF SHIT AND SO ARE YOU” June 28, 2015
      Gene Simmons’ son, Nick Simmons, wrote an article about his father for Vice magazine. Excerpts from the feature appear below. Patton Oswalt has a routine about the first time he ever realized one of his parents was full of shit. “When you’re growing up, up to a certain point, no matter what an adult says […]
    • MOTOR SISTER RELEASE VIDEO FOR “BEG BORROW STEAL” June 25, 2015
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    • EDDIE TRUNK ON WHY HE GOT INTO RADIO: “I FELT HARD ROCK AND METAL BANDS WERE BEING MARGINALIZED” June 24, 2015
      Ruben Mosqueda of Oregon Music News spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk. Excerpts from the interview appear below. OMN: Who has been your biggest influence in getting you into rock radio? Eddie Trunk: First and foremost I got into radio because I felt that hard rock and metal bands were being marginalized. I didn’t […]
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    • KING’S X FRONTMAN DOUG PINNICK DISCUSSES THE BAND’S SELECT LIVE SHOWS AND POSSIBLE NEW ALBUM June 24, 2015
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    • VAN HALEN TO HEADLINE THE MUSIC MIDTOWN FESTIVAL IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA June 23, 2015
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David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Posted by falconi5 on December 22, 2010


As many of you know we are not big fans of Christmas Music here at the nest.  We are however, big fans of collaborations, or collabos as we like to call them.

The track was recorded on 11 September 1977 for Crosby’s then-upcoming television special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The pair exchanged dialogue about what they do for Christmas before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, “Peace on Earth.” Bowie’s appearance has been described as a “surreal” event, undertaken at a time that he was “actively trying to normalise his career.”[2] He has since recalled that he only appeared on the show because “I just knew my mother liked him.”[3] Buz Kohan was not sure that Crosby knew who Bowie was, but Ian Fraser claimed, “I’m pretty sure he did. Bing was no idiot. If he didn’t, his kids sure did.”[1] Crosby died on October 14, just over a month after recording the special. In the U.S., the show aired on 30 November 1977 on CBS.

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According to co-writer Ian Fraser, Bowie balked at singing “Little Drummer Boy.” “I hate this song. Is there something else I could sing?” Fraser recalls Bowie telling him. Fraser, along with songwriter Larry Grossman and the special’s scriptwriter, Buz Kohan, then wrote “Peace on Earth” as a counterpoint to “Little Drummer Boy.” Crosby performed “Little Drummer Boy,” while Bowie sang the new tune “Peace on Earth,” which they reportedly performed after less than an hour of rehearsal.[1]

And of course Christmas is not complete without the Clay Aiken Version.   Perhaps the worst, creepiest collabo ever.

 

 

 

One Response to “David Bowie & Bing Crosby”

  1. Old School said

    Good Christmas collab…for us old folks I guess.

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