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Holly Jolly X'masu

Jul 11, 2023

Welcome to episode 85 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be talking about the Christmas music from the Spacemen.

The Spacemen & Peaches – Monkey & Go Go Christmas – 1965

These really are three of my favorite records. They helped embody the excitement of collecting when I first got started. It felt like the more I searched for and researched them, the closer I’d get to finding a copy. I’d find listings at record shops where they’d gotten one in months earlier, but had sold out before I even knew the shop existed. I even exchanged emails with one collector who had finally found copies of his own, and who assured me I’d love them if I ever got them. They seemed so out of reach for so long, I was honestly shocked when I got all three over the course of three months.

The Spacemen – Jingle Bells – 1964

I hope the Spacemen sent you over the moon. They were a great, if short-lived band whose distinctive sound helped them stand out from their contemporaries. Join me back here on the 25th for my fourth Christmas in July episode. If you haven’t listened to the others, you’re in for a real treat. “Christmas in Summer” songs are somewhat popular in Japan, and each year I’ve collected a selection of them to cover for Christmas in July. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do another one this year, but I managed to win copies of two songs that I’d nearly given up hope of owning, so I’m not only able to do one this year, but I found enough others to set some aside from next year. I haven’t finalized my selection, but I have a couple really rare songs lined up that you’re sure to enjoy.

The Spacemen – Blue Christmas – 1964

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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