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Holly Jolly X'masu

Jul 25, 2023

Welcome to episode 86 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this special Christmas in July episode, I talk about a selection of summery Christmas songs from a variety of artists.

Tenchi Souko - Aloha Santa - 1968

As I said in the episode, I really enjoy putting these episodes together. It gives me a chance to share some songs that might not fit in another episode, and artists I wouldn’t be able to cover otherwise. At this point, I think I’ve found all the low-hanging fruit, so it will take a lot of digging to find other Summer Christmas songs. I have plenty for next year, and should be good for the following July, but I’ll have to work hard to find more than that. Just to recap, I’ve posted the titles and album covers for the songs from this episode below.

Pauro Cesar Trio – Bossa Nova Christmas – 1991

1. Pauro Cesar Trio – Merry X’mas In Summer

Akiko Ozawa – Christmas In August – 2007

2. Akiko Ozawa – Christmas In August

Masako-san – Nagomu Collection – 2005

3. Masako-san – Summer Christmas

You Hayami – Lanai – 1983

4. You Hayami – Summer Holy Night

Momoiro Clover Z – MCZ Winter Song Collection – 2016

5. Momoiro Clover Z – Midwinter Sunshine Summer Time

Conny, Dibbs, Boz & Friends – X’mas Rockin’ Party – 2003

6. Conny, Dibbs, Boz & Friends – Surfers Christmas Wish

Sexy Zone – one Sexy Zone – 2012

7. Sexy Zone – It Snows In Sexy Summer

Mariko Nagai – Midsummer Eve – 1997

8. Mariko Nagai – Midsummer Eve

Various Artists - Extended I/O Riot - 1995

9. Natsuko Upper Crust – X’mas & Sun

Tenchi Souko - Aloha Santa - 1968

10. Tenchi Souko and Honey Knights – Aloha Santa

Snyder – Rise ’80 – Midsummer Eve – 1980

11. Snyder – Rise ’80 – Midsummer Eve

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Christmas in July. This is probably my most eclectic selection of songs yet. I can’t overstate how thrilled I was to finally get a few of them.

August is 80s month, so be sure to join me back here for a couple of great 80s episodes. In my first August episode, I’ll be paying tribute to the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto who passed away earlier this year. I’ll be covering the 1983 movie, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” and its soundtrack. Then join me on the 25th when I cover the MIDI label’s 1988 compilation, “Winter Tales.” I’ll follow that up in September with their 1992 compilation, “Winter Tales 2.” If I get a little extra time, I’ll try to put out a bonus episode. Whatever the case, I’ll be covering some fantastic music and a true classic movie, so be sure to tune in.

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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