Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Heartbreak Noel

Elvis and Christmas just go well together. "Blue Christmas" is one of the few Christmas songs I don't mind hearing over and over, or even at other times of the year. Perhaps that is why there are several songs with the "I Want to Spend Xmas With Elvis" theme. Debbie Dabney sounds like she would have loved to spend Christmas with Elvis, but would likely have settled for Gene Vincent if the King wasn't available. This was written by Don Kirshner and Bobby Darin, and as novelty Christmas songs sung by nearly talentless artists go, it's pretty good.

Kirshner is best know as the impresario behind the Monkees and The Archies. Bobby Darin is best known for being Bobby Darin. Krishner and Darin met while students at the Bronx High School of Science, which counts an astounding seven Nobel Prize winners among its alumni.


Anonymous said...

Despie their obvious talents, I refuse to believe that either Don Kirshner or Bobby Darin ever won a Nobel Prize.

Also, Peter Boyle passed away. Sad.

Pete Bilderback said...

I just saw the news about Boyle. I heard him talk at Brown a couple years ago (his grandson was a student at the time). All the obits are leading with "Everybody Loves Raymond" (which he was excellent in), but for me he will always be Frankenstein's Monster in Young Frankenstein. That was a brilliant performance.

Anonymous said...

The scene in Young Frankenstein with Mr. Boyle as the Monster and Gene Hackman as the Blind Hermit is great. Crazy, loud slapstick done by two of the best actors around.

Also, Mr. Boyle was outstanding in Monster's Ball, a few years back, as Billy Bob Thornton's mean-spirited dad.

Pete Bilderback said...

I put up a youtube clip of "Puttin on the Ritz." Genius. Comedic acting doesn't get a lot of critical respect, but most actors will tell you doing it well is more difficult than doing good drama.

My father-in-law is close friends with the screenwriter of Monster's Ball. Boyle was excellent in it, although I was not altogether crazy about the movie. It had its moments though.