Jeff: Ho, ho, ho, old pal! Merry goddamn Mellowmas!
Jason: Oh crap. This again? How many days left? Please say zero.
Jeff: 40, I think.
Jason: Christ on a pogo stick.
Jeff: Oh, we’ll hear plenty about Him later. Today is something special. Jason, remember the Oak Ridge Boys?
Jason: Nope! NEVER HEARD OF THEM.
Jeff: Well! Let me tell you something about the Oak Ridge Boys. Fun fact: The Oak Ridge Boys have released at least five Christmas albums.
Jason: How much do I have to pay you to tell me nothing about the Oak Ridge Boys?
Jeff: Nothing, because that’s all I know about the Oak Ridge Boys. Oh, except for one more thing: We’re listening to them today.
Jason: I know “Elvira,” obviously. I know that they covered “Seven Nation Army,” awkwardly.
Jason: …you didn’t know that?
Jeff: No. Gross. All I know is that Tony the Tiger is in the band, and that their fans apparently love Christmas music a lot. Do the Oak Ridge Boys have their own aisle in Cracker Barrel stores?
Anyway! The Oak Ridge Boys have a brand new Christmas album out this year. It’s called Christmas Time’s A-Coming.
Jason: Is this like some James Taylor/Michael McDonald/Anne Murray bullshit where 98% of the songs were released on other Christmas albums? Although I guess to know the answer to that question, we’d have to listen to the others, and that’s probably unwise.
Jeff: Don’t know! Don’t care! I can tell you, though, that it’s part of the “Gaither Gospel Series.”
Jason: That series used to be about the music. Now, it’s all about pussy.
Jeff: Gospel pussy!
Jason: Great band name!
Jeff: I can’t wait to hear Gospel Pussy’s version of “Seven Nation Army.”
Jason: So I’m looking at this album cover. It’s a little small on my screen, but here’s who I see, left to right: Kenny Rogers, Father Time, Geddy Lee, and a guy with Bell’s Palsy.
Jeff: shaking with laughter
Jason: I hope they sound better than they look.
Jeff: I think you know better than to get your hopes up for that. I picked today’s song because it’s called “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Jason: gasp a Mariah Carey cover?
Jeff: I was hoping for a Cracker Barrel-y gospel beard Mariah Carey cover! But no. It’s something better.
Jason: Is it a cover of the obscure John Waite number “All I Want for Christmas Is You”? That was on a compilation we covered about seven years ago. WHY DO I REMEMBER THAT?
Jeff: I don’t know, but I think today’s track will flush it right out. Ready to hear what the Oak Ridge Boys want for Christmas in 2012?
Oak Ridge Boys, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (download)
Jason: Oh hey.
Jeff: So tasteful.
Jason: That’s pretty.
Jason: This is beautiful!
Jeff: Like a frosted windowpane on Christmas mor…oh, there he is.
Jeff: Hearing this with headphones makes it so much creepier.
Jason: Please let this be the Father Time guy. He sounds like Father Time.
Jeff: I’m imagining him singing it while standing in line at the grocery store behind some woman he’s never met.
Second verse, he’s singing it while following her out to her car.
“Let me wrap you up and take you home.”
“All I want for Christmas is you.”
Also, one of his hands is a hook.
Jason: How much money do you have in your wallet? If we take what you have, and what I have, I bet we could hire this guy to sing to our wives in the middle of the night.
Jeff: With my luck, I’d forget and wet the bed when I heard him in my room.
Jason: The harmonies are oddly spaced. It sounds kind of like a Muppet chorus.
Jeff: A horrifying, pervy Muppet chorus!
Jason: This guy’s highest note is too low for me to sing.
Jeff: Third verse, he’s singing to the woman and she’s in a cage.
Jason: And he’s wearing grown-up footie pajamas.
Jeff: That last note rattled my uvula.
Jason: Well, that chilling tune is over.
Jeff: Who would play that for someone they love? Or like, even?
Jason: What’s really strange about it is that the instrumental track is just beautiful. I’d listen to that at any point during the year.
Jeff: Absolutely. And it isn’t a badly written song, either. It’s just that they had Father Time sing it, and it sounds like he wants the lotion in the basket.
Jason: I’m imagining other appropriate song titles for this guy.
“I Hold the Key (To Your Apartment).”
Jeff: “Please Hold Still, I Don’t Want to Hurt You.”
Jason: “I Swallowed a Bullfrog.”
Jeff: “Surprise (I’m in Your Back Seat).”
I actually find myself wishing I knew a little more about these guys, so I’d know how many chances he gets to sing a lead vocal. I’d like to make a mix CD out of all of them.
Jason: “Tell Me About the Rabbits, George.”
Jeff: YES. And I’d play the CD whenever the Jehovah’s Witnesses come knocking on my door.
Jason: “I listen to this every day.”
Jeff: “You want to tell me about the gospel of our Lord and Savior? Sure, come on in. I was just listening to some music.” I’d stare really intently at them while they spoke and this dude sang.
Jason: Dammit, now I want to hear this guy cover Mariah Carey.
Jeff: Now I want to hear him cover Mariah Carey too. I was just thinking about him singing “Vision of Love.”
Jason: I also want to hear Mariah Carey sing “Surprise (I’m in Your Back Seat).”
Jeff: Imagine their combined might during a duet! Are there actually that many octaves?
Jason: Jeff, I think there’s another song we need to play.
Jeff: What are you doing? Stay out of there.
Jason: “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Jeff.
Jeff: “My beard was white as snow”?
Jason: You’re never going to guess what the lamb’s name was.
Jeff: Tell me it was Jesus.
Jason: IT WAS JESUS.
Jeff: That settles it!
Oak Ridge Boys, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (download)
Jason: Another beautiful opening!
Jeff: Ah, there’s a tasteful arrangement. Why can’t someone else sing this shit? And write different lyrics? And why did this guy track his vocals from across the room?
Jason: AND HIS NAME WAS JESUS!
Jason: LAID HIM IN A MANGER!
Jeff: Oh my goodness.
Jason: Muppet chorus! With the newest member of the Muppets: Vibrato!
Jeff: That guy with the low voice sounds like a busy signal on the harmonies! Jason, what’s with the Celtic arrangement?
Jason: AND HIS NAME WAS JESUS!
Jeff: Is this about Jesus Christ, or Jesus O’Brien? I swear, I can feel that guy’s voice in my taint every time he sings.
Jason: He sounds a little Meat Loaf-y, doesn’t he?
Jeff: This is horrible. Do Christian people really enjoy being pandered to like this?
Jason: Given that this is the second consecutive song on the album with “Mary” in the title, I’m guessing they know their market.
Jeff: Thank Lamb that’s over.
Jason: Yes! I like where you’re going.
Lamb, Mary and Joseph!
Jeff: With mint jelly! Yum.
Jason: Lamb Almighty!
Jeff: I see there’s another track called “Getting Ready for a Baby,” and I’m pretty sure I know what that’s all about.
Jason: That one’s a co-write between me and your wife.
Jeff: Oh, and “Peterbilt Sleigh.” Awesome.
Jason: I think I’m done. Two songs is enough.
Jeff: Yeah? No more Oak Ridge Boys for you?
Jason: I’m afraid “Glorious Impossible” actually contains the brown note.
Jeff: I’m going to call the nearest Cracker Barrel and find out if they have lamb on the menu. Meet you there for dinner?
Jason: Giddy-up-a-oom-papa-oom-papa shoot me!