Friday Song: ‘R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
Now, around here we’ve been combining Christmas and Star Wars for years (sacrilegious, possibly) in the form of our Star Wars Christmas Tree that the boys and I put up in the basement each year. Hallmark releases “collectible” Star Wars holiday ornaments every year, and we pick up one or two each season. They’re ridiculously expensive, and are some of the most useless things I purchase each year. But I love them.
Anyway…back to the Friday Song. This song is a Christmas song. It’s a Star Wars song. It’s also horrible. It’s from an entire album of horrible Star Wars Christmas (or holiday) music called ‘Christmas in the Stars.’ Hey, I never promised that these Friday Songs were always going to be listenable.
‘Christmas in the Stars‘ was released in 1980, an official Star Wars product. Narrated by Anthony Daniels (voice of C-3PO) and with sound effects from Ben Burtt, the album features Christmasy songs about a droid factory that makes toys for some cat named ‘S. Claus’. It’s incredibly bad. And I say that as a life-long Star Wars fan. Only the televised Star Wars Holiday Special is worse in the Star Wars universe. I take that back; there’s a couple Ewoks TV movies that are pretty spectaculary awful. I’ll take ‘Christmas in the Stars’ over them.
‘Christmas in the Stars‘ was produced by Meco Monardo, who had a huge hit a few years earlier with his disco version of Star Wars music and the album ‘Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk.’
The album was co-produced at the recording studio owned by Tony Bongiovi, who allowed his cousin, an aspiring singer, to take the lead vocals on this track here. His name was Jon Bongiovi, who would go on to change it to Bon Jovi, and well you know where the story goes from there. It’s an auspicious debut, to be sure.
Here, for your enjoyment, or derision, the holiday classic, ‘R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
From Meco’s Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, here’s ‘Other Galactic Funk.’ (You’ve all heard the Star Wars tune):
Glutton for punishment? Here’s a 15 minute Best-Of clip from the Star Wars Holiday Special. Because watching it in its entirety can be fatal: