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The Fifth Day of Mellowmas: Mellowmas Again (Naturally)

Jeff: Well, well, well, if it isn’t the fifth day of Mellowmas!

Jason: My favorite day of all Mellowmas days!

Jeff: No kidding! I never knew.

Jason: Just kidding. Each one is worse than the one that preceded it. My favorite day of Mellowmas is December 26th.

Jeff: Hey, speaking of which, today we’re going back in Mellow time. All the way to 1974!

Jason: No way!

Jeff: When I was just a wee Jefito, and you were…wait, how does your dad put it?

Jason: Oh no.

Jeff: Something about something running down someone’s leg. I forget.

Jason: I’ve blocked it out of my memory, but that sounds about right. calls therapist

Jeff: Anyway, that isn’t important. What’s important is that, for some reason, this year we have a Gilbert O’Sullivan reissue for Mellowmas.

Jason: That’s AMAZING! When we started Mellowmas, the original idea was that we’d be covering holiday songs by Mellow Gold artists — until we found out that the Christmas music craze didn’t hit during the Mellow years.

Jeff: I’m not sure why we didn’t know about this sooner, but Gilbert recorded a Christmas song in 1974.

Jason: hangs head in shame

Jeff: Actually, no, I see why we didn’t know about it — it never charted here. Because America had rightly moved on from Gilbert O’Sullivan by 1974.

Jason: You shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, Jeff.

Jeff: The Mellow dead. Are you still getting hate mail for your column about Greg Guidry or whoever that was?

Jason: Thankfully, no. redials therapist

Jeff: It doesn’t matter, because Gilbert O’Sullivan is STILL ALIVE. Still making music, even. I think his last record was called Gilbertland. I’m hoping it’s all duets with Gilbert Gottfried.

Jason: “Gilbertland” sounds like the least popular tourist destination in the UK, ten years running. I think it’d be funny if you called your nether regions “Gilbertland.”

Jeff: Sorry, it’s Gilbertville. But that would be funny too.

Jason: You were all “Hey, baby. Welcome to Gilbertville. Parking is validated.”

Jeff: Also funny is the series of dashes on the Wikipedia page where chart peaks are supposed to go.

Jason: Some of his song titles are so sad.

“Hello, It’s Goodbye”
“I Love It But”

Jeff: Nothing is sadder than 2004’s The Berry Vest of Gilbert O’Sullivan. Maybe I only think that’s sad because I happen to own a berry vest, courtesy of your stupid ass.

Jason: Liberace dance

Jeff: On the cover, there’s a picture of a tank top with some berries silk-screened on it.

Jason: Other awesome titles: “I Wish I Could Cry”
“Lost a Friend”
“Bear With Me”

Jeff: “No Matter How Hard I Try”
“Why Oh Why Oh Why”

Jason: “Underneath the Blanket Go.” ewwwww!

Jeff: Oh God! And “Two’s Company (Three Is Allowed)”

Jason: Isn’t that your mom’s welcome mat?

Jeff: I think it’s actually “(Three Is 30 Percent Off),” but close enough. ANYWAY. Gilbert Sad Sack O’Sullivan recorded a Christmas song, and we’re here to listen to it. I figured this would be right up your alley, even though your mines of mellow gold have grown dusty with disuse.

Wait, that sounded gross.

Jason: And yet it’s true.

Jeff: Alleys and dusty mines. Gilbert is getting to me.

“I Guess We Might As Well Begin”

Jason: “We Have Nothing Better to Do”

Jeff: “Do You Feel Like Starting?”

Jason: “Shrugging Is My Favorite Gesture”


Gilbert O’Sullivan, “A Christmas Song” (download)

Jeff: Syrupy strings! My favorite kind!

Jason: Yeah, this sounds exactly like I would imagine it to sound. Don’t forget the jingle bells!

Jeff: Double-tracked wuss! The best!

Jason: Ahh, the Gilbert O’Sullivan double-tracked vocal. With harp!

Jeff: He doesn’t care if it snows, he just wants peace. Does Gilbert think it’s somehow more difficult to have snow?

Jason: Did he just only wish a happy holiday to those of us who live in fear? Wouldn’t that be everybody listening to this song right now?

Jeff: Absolutely.

Aaaah! Kids!

Jason: OH GOD

SHUT UP KIDS

Jeff: How much you want to bet that’s actually Gilbert?

Jason: UGH BRITISH KIDS

EVEN WORSE THAN NORMAL KIDS

Jeff: Let us hope that very soon, the peace you seek will then resume!

Jason: THE KIDS ARE BACK

Jeff: Gilbert AND kids. He’s pouring it all on here. Speaking of which, there are those strings again.

Jason: The drummer has fallen asleep on his snare drum.

Jeff: …And tasteful end!

Jason: You know what? Quite honestly, I was prepared to keep this one around.

Jeff: By “keep this one around,” do you mean “add it to my real holiday playlist”?

Jason: Yes. The one that I listen to only on my own, but yes.

Jeff: shakes head

Jason: I kind of liked it in the same way I like “Alone Again (Naturally),” which isn’t really surprising.
But then THE KIDS. Why don’t people understand that kids ruin everything?

Jeff: Definitely the dealbreaker that pushes this song from “innocuously lame holiday jingle” over the edge to “eww, get away.”

Jason: Still, I’m glad we got an authentic ’70s Christmas track. It may be the only one all season.

Jeff: …Or it may not be. foreshadowing

Jason: I’d love to say I just set you up, but I seriously have no idea.

“Won’t Somebody Tell Me (What’s Going On)”

Jeff: “You’ll Be the Last to Know”

Jason: “Doesn’t It Make You Sick”

Jeff: “This Is Going to Hurt Both of Us”

Jason: Mine is an actual Gilbert O’Sullivan title, motherfucker!

Jeff: Damn! I just got O’Sullivaned!




  • http://www.facebook.com/kingofgrief Jeffrey Thames

    I let out such a whoop when I saw who and what was being “celebrated” today. One of our allegedly-easy-listening stations used to play “A Christmas Song” with regularity in the early 80s. Never found out who it was until ’93 when I picked up Rhino’s then-new O’Sullivan best-of, and it’s been a personal-playlist must-add every holiday since. Kids’ choruses are usually a bone of contention with me as well, but I guess I’m immune where the UK, the 70s and Yuletide collide (cf. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”).

    Speaking of that compilation, you want a Gilbert song to mock to the fullest, I recommend “A Woman’s Place”. I don’t think I got beyond the first verse or ever tried again, but I’ll bet there’s an unreleased Paul Anka/Odia Coates cover long dusty with disuse.

  • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

    “I Thought This Was Good (Not, Naturally)”

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/terjepost Terje Fjelde

    So not a brown whoop, then? I commend Jeff and Jason for their emphasis on the Mellow today.

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    You’ll be happy tomorrow, then.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/terjepost Terje Fjelde

    Scary. I was THIS close to photoshopping a Sulli Van today.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ Ted

    The big finish is a bunch of “Doo doo” (both literally and figuratively).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kingofgrief Jeffrey Thames

    I spent all my Brown Bannisters on the Oak Ridge Boys yesterday.

  • http://twitter.com/IrishJava Dennis Corrigan

    This is nothing compared to the crap by Travolta & Newton-John that Heyliger just foisted upon us

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Patience.

  • http://www.popdose.com/ DwDunphy

    Dammit, I don’t like the sound of that.

  • Old_Davy

    Are those kids, or Yoko Ono dubbed 50 times?

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Don’t give her any ideas, Davy!

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    “O’Sullivaned”. Is that the new RickRoll?

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    I, for one, am filled with fear now.

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Good. Goooooooooooooooood.

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Only if we work really hard to make it happen. Are you prepared to lift your share of the O’Burden?

  • http://twitter.com/mordalo Mordalo

    What O’Needs to be O’Done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277428130 Jay Nagy

    And now the kids are singing in my head.

  • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

    Hey — that’s my first ever “down” vote. Harsh.

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    I thought so too. Tough crowd.

  • romeone

    I have always been fan of GILBERT O’SULLIVAN. Recently, I discovered that my buddy AURFEE was always talking about it. A very nice singer indeed !