Episode 024: Merry ChristMuffs!

Episode 024: Merry ChrisMuffs!
Kim Shattuck of the Muffs drops by to share her holiday favorites, scream, and eat a LOT of cookies.

From December 22, 2011
Recapped by Steve Herold from jointfilms.com
00:00:00 Gary and Pat skip the "New Business" and introduce this episode's special guest: Kim Shattuck of the Muffs (themuffsband.blogspot.com)
  Gary is so excited to have Kim in the studio that he claims to need to lay on the ground and breathe into a paper bag. Pat fills us in on everything he's learned about Kim in the last 2 seconds: she's painting her new house, eats gluten-free, she's a tall drink of water and has been married 8 years.

Gary collects himself enough to discuss The Muffs' 20th anniversary and give the listener a taste of their music: "Agony" from Blonder and Blonder and "Kids in America" from Hamburger but more famously the Clueless soundtrack.


Kim doesn't seem thrilled with the "Kids in America" cover so much. She doesn't make any money from it, and swears she'll never do another cover.

  We also learn Kim's earliest inspiration was hearing the Stray Cats when she was in college.
  Gary wanted Kim on the podcast for this particular episode because Kim had been releasing a Holiday podcast herself the last few years. Gary would play them if he was having a party.
00:10:00 Pat leads us into this week's topic: Holiday songs by playing "Christmas [demo]" by Pete Townshend from the album Another Scoop (original a tune from The Who album Tommy).
  Gary claims not to be a fan of the "sexy" or "funny" Christmas songs like "Baby, It's Cold Outside" or "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer."

Kim plays "December" by Kay Starr found on various compilation albums including Christmas with the Stars: 50 Favorite Carols & Songs and Swingin' Songs for Santa.


Pat remarks how Christmas is the time of year when even phonies are nice.

00:15:00 Gary plays "Christmas Time Is Here" a cover by Belle & Sebastian of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas song. Gary calls it a noble failure. Pat calls it admirable but nobody can touch the vocal styling of the Peanuts. Kim let's us know the song used to make her sister cry.
  Gary asks Pat and Kim their favorite Holiday specials. Pat: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Kim: "The Year Without A Santa Claus." Gary: "It's Your First Ramadan, Charlie Brown."
  Pat plays "Christmas Time Again" by Extreme from A Very Special Christmas, Volume 2. Pat is not a fan of the band but loves this song.
00:20:00 Kim plays "When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" by Gene Autry from the album Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics.
  Gary takes this time to point out that they are all wearing sweaters and Pat introduces his new character The Guy Who Gets Offended By Everything.
  Pat plays "The Chanukah Song." Not Adam Sandler's original, but Neil Diamond's cover found on his album A Cherry Cherry Christmas. According to Pat, Diamond sings this like he doesn't realize the song was meant to be funny.
00:25:00 Gary plays "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas" by Eels from Useless Trinkets.
  Kim plays her own personal Christmas song "Nothing For Me" by The Muffs from the album Hamburger. She wrote the song based on a dream/nightmare she had when she was young about finding no presents for her under the Christmas tree.
  Pat plays "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" by The Ramones from Brain Drain. Kim believes Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee are now dead due to the black hair dye they used.
00:30:00 Gary's favorite traditional Holiday song is "Sleigh Ride" which has been covered by numerous artists. He plays his favorite version by the Ronettes from the album A Christmas Gift For You.
  Kim wants to play "Cool Yule" by Charlie Parker but seems she forgot to bring the song with her. Instead she plays "The Merriest" by June Christy from This Time Of The Year.
00:35:00 Pat plays "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by (executive producer) Jimmy Pardo & Scott Aukerman from A Holiday EP.
  Gary plays "Christmas Treat" by Julian Casablancas of the Strokes. The song is a cover of a song originally done by the Saturday Night Live cast.
00:40:00 Kim plays "You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus" by the Mills Brothers from the album Christmas Stars.
  Pat plays "Feels Like Christmas" by Cyndi Lauper from Merry Christmas…Have A Nice Life. An album's whose title their all not sure if she means as an insult.
00:45:00 Gary plays a song that is in his words "the bleakest Chrsitmas song of all": "Fairy Tale of New York" by the Pogues and Kristy MacColl from If I Should Fall From Grace With God.
  Pat excuses himself to go to the bathroom, upon returning he claims he hasn't been able to enjoy any of the past 48 minutes due to having to go to the bathroom so bad.
00:50:00 Kim plays "White Christmas" by the Ravens which appears on many various Best Of collections by the band.
  Gary asks Kim her favorite Christmas gifts. From her childhood, it was a Mickey Mouse watch. From her husband, it was a digital camera that she's used in her side project doing photography.
  With everyone else out of songs Pat mentions some of the tunes he's going to skip: "Father Christmas" by the Kinks and U2's version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and decides his last tune will be "2000 Miles" by the Pretenders from the Learning To Crawlalbum.

…and then remembers he wants to play a song from his favorite Christmas album of all-time: "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole from The Magic of Christmas.


Gary jumps in with a little trivia: Mel Torme wrote the song during a heatwave in the summer. He was so hot, he was trying to think of Christmas memories to cool off like "Jack Frost nipping at your nose" when he suddenly realized these might make some good lyrics. Turns out, he was right. To which Pat thinks Hollywood needs to step up and make a biopic with his preferred stars Gerard Butler or Robert Downey, Jr.

00:55:00 The playout tune is, no surprise, "Christmas, Christmas" by Pat's favorite band Cheap Trick.
  Afterthought: Pat, Gary and Kim made this a very special Holiday episode indeed discussing such topics as glory holes, BJ's, bestiality, cancer, rape, murdering Natalie Wood and reformed drug addicts looking like Iggy Pop.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00Christmas [demo]Another ScoopPete TownshendPat
00:10:00DecemberChristmas with the Stars: 50 Favorite Carols & SongsKay StarrKim
00:15:00Christmas Time Is Here  Belle & SebastianGary
00:15:00Christmas Time AgainA Very Special Christmas, Volume 2ExtremePat
00:20:00When Santa Claus Gets Your LetterRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas ClassicsGene AutryKim
00:20:00The Chanukah SongA Cherry Cherry ChristmasNeil DiamondPat
00:25:00Everything's Gonna Be Cool This ChristmasUseless TrinketsEelsGary
00:25:00Nothing For MeHamburgerThe MuffsKim
00:25:00Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)Brain DrainThe RamonesPat
00:30:00Sleigh RideA Christmas Gift For Youthe RonettesGary
00:30:00Cool YuleA Cool YuleCharlie ParkerKim
00:30:00The MerriestThis Time Of The YearJune ChristyKim
00:35:00Baby, It's Cold OutsideA Holiday EPJimmy Pardo & Scott AukermanPat
00:35:00Christmas Treat   Julian CasablancasGary
00:40:00You Don't Have To Be A Santa ClausChristmas Starsthe Mills Brothers Kim
00:40:00Feels Like ChristmasMerry Christmas…Have A Nice LifeCyndi LauperPat
00:45:00Fairy Tale of New YorkIf I Should Fall From Grace With GodThe Pogues and Kristy MacCollGary
00:50:00White ChristmasBest OfThe Ravens Kim
00:50:00Father Christmas   The Kinks Pat
00:50:00Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2Pat
00:50:002000 MilesLearning To Crawlthe PretendersPat
00:50:00The Christmas SongThe Magic of ChristmasNat King ColePat
00:55:00Christmas, Christmas Cheap TrickPat