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Jingle Jank

Jingle Jank

By Scott Newman and Jay LaChapelle

The Jingle Jank podcast features offbeat and obscure Christmas music found on YouTube and Bandcamp.
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Episode 41: Songs About Mrs. Claus
Episode 41: Songs About Mrs. Claus
Jay and Scott honor Women's History Month with songs about the underappreciated hero of Christmas, Mrs. Claus. Artists include Nat King Cole, Idina Menzel, Angela Lansbury, Jessie Farrell, Brotherly Love, Jane Sheldon, Ben Levin, and Bob Ricci. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/041.html
57:03
March 19, 2022
Episode 40 - Who Sang it Better? Round 4 (with Shannon Dubos)
Episode 40 - Who Sang it Better? Round 4 (with Shannon Dubos)
Jay and Scott do another "Who Sang it Better?" contest with special guest judge Shannon Dubos. This round's songs are What Christmas Means to me by Stevie Wonder, The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, and Somewhere in My Memory by The Tabernacle Choir. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/040.html
55:19
February 15, 2022
Episode 39: Literally Shrunk down and Living in My Christmas Village
Episode 39: Literally Shrunk down and Living in My Christmas Village
In this episode, we listen to the album "Literally Shrunk down and Living in My Christmas Village" with its creator, comedian Adam Kennedy. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/039.html
57:45
January 14, 2022
Episode 38: Santa Gets Around
Episode 38: Santa Gets Around
In this episode, we discuss songs about how Santa travels: trucks, motorcycles, trains, and even a canoe. Artists include Keith Harling, Bucko & Champs, The Tractors, The Surfers, Red Simpson, The Lacs, and Paul Gross. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/038.html
45:52
December 19, 2021
Episode 37: The Christmas Music of Die Hard
Episode 37: The Christmas Music of Die Hard
This week, we talk with Ed Daly about some music written about the movie Die Hard. We also talk about two songs that were played in the movie. Artists include eagleowl, Jonnie Common, Four Eyes, LeeRoi and the Regulars, and Vaughn Monroe. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/037.html
01:07:15
December 02, 2021
New Podcast Preview: Christmas Morning with Bran and Scott
New Podcast Preview: Christmas Morning with Bran and Scott
We are very proud to announce that Scott is teaming up with Brandon Gray from Deck the Hallmark this holiday to create a short-run weekday podcast called "Christmas Morning". The format will be something like a daily advent calendar and they will discuss Christmas news, cover the Christmas specials on television that night, do a Christmas countdown, and then finish each episode with two Christmas songs from Bandcamp. Christmas Morning will launch on November 29th on its own feed, but we're dropping the preview episode in the Jingle Jank feed to give everyone a taste. We hope you enjoy it! https://christmasmorningpodcast.com
25:36
November 27, 2021
Episode 36: Santa's Rockin' Band w/Rich Chambers
Episode 36: Santa's Rockin' Band w/Rich Chambers
This week, we talk with Rich Chambers about his album "Santa's Rockin' Band". https://jinglejank.com/episodes/036.html
59:17
November 18, 2021
Episode 35: A Midnight Christmas Mess
Episode 35: A Midnight Christmas Mess
Special guest Gerry D. from Totally Rad Christmas joins us to discuss the obscure album "A Midnight Christmas Mess". Artists include Plan 9, The Cheepskates, The Yard Trauma, The Point, The Tryfles, and The Dogmatics. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/035.html
01:03:42
November 17, 2021
Episode 34: Spooky Christmas Songs, Volume 2
Episode 34: Spooky Christmas Songs, Volume 2
Just in time for Halloween, special guest Tony Dixon joins us for a second installment of spooky Christmas songs. Artists include Polly Fae, Happy Fangs, Erik Frandsen and George Gerdes, Rise Against, and Mariah Scary & the Ghoulish Cauldrons. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/034.html
59:26
October 21, 2021
Episode 33: Bizarre Christmas Songs
Episode 33: Bizarre Christmas Songs
This week we’re going to look at songs that are just plain weird. Not songs that are written to be funny, but songs that are sung un-ironically and just don’t make much sense. Artists include Yogi Yorgesson, Fake Shark Real Zombie, and Max Headroom. Also, we play the most bizarre Christmas song we've ever heard by Wing. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/033.html
47:09
October 06, 2021
Episode 32: Motown Christmas Songs
Episode 32: Motown Christmas Songs
Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter joins Jay and Scott to discuss Motown Christmas Songs. Artists include Kim Weston, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, The Soul Stirrers, and The Temptations. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/032.html
55:39
September 09, 2021
Episode 31: Songs About Christmas Trees
Episode 31: Songs About Christmas Trees
Jay and Scott discuss songs about Christmas Trees (other than O Christmas Tree and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree) Artists include SM6, Tommy Emmanuel, Oh Hush!, Billy Idol, Nat King Cole, and Stevie Wonder. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/031.html
43:50
August 26, 2021
Episode 30: Who Sang it Better? Round 3 (with Tony Dixon)
Episode 30: Who Sang it Better? Round 3 (with Tony Dixon)
Jay and Scott do another "Who Sang it Better?" contest with special guest judge Tony Dixon. This round's songs are Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis Presley, Please Come Home for Christmas by The Eagles, and Baby It’s Cold Outside by Brian Setzer Orchestra. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/030.html
45:08
August 12, 2021
Episode 29: Christmas Songs About Animals
Episode 29: Christmas Songs About Animals
This week, Jay and Scott explore Christmas songs written about animals. Artists include Merle Haggard, Roger Whittaker, Biagio, the Eels, Gretchen Wilson, and The Moffatts. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/029.html
41:42
July 28, 2021
Episode 28: Acapella Christmas Songs
Episode 28: Acapella Christmas Songs
This week, Jay and Scott explore acapella Christmas Songs. Artists include VoicePlay, Backtrack Vocals, Cimorelli, The Manhattan Transfer, and Home Free. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/028.html
41:30
July 15, 2021
Episode 26 - Christmas Songs You (Probably) Have Never Heard Of
Episode 26 - Christmas Songs You (Probably) Have Never Heard Of
Scott and Jay listen to songs found during a Google search for "Christmas songs you've never heard of". Artists include The Kaisers, Lou Rawls, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Gabe Dixon, John Oates, and The Overtones. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/026.html
42:13
June 10, 2021
Episode 25 - (Bonus) Songs that Didn't Make the Cut, Volume 1
Episode 25 - (Bonus) Songs that Didn't Make the Cut, Volume 1
In this mini episode, Scott showcases four songs that did not make the cut from previous episodes. Artists include Fountains of Wayne, Da Yoopers, No Doubt, and The Youngsters. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/025.html
11:50
May 27, 2021
Episode 24 - Parody Christmas Songs
Episode 24 - Parody Christmas Songs
This week, Jay and Scott highlight some parody Christmas songs they think are well-done. Artists include Bob Rivers, Dave and Brian, Santa's elves, and James Adams. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/024.html
40:21
May 09, 2021
Episode 23 - Who Sang it Better?
Episode 23 - Who Sang it Better?
This week, our guest, Maie Lee, brings us three very famous Christmas songs: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Last Christmas, and All I Want for Christmas is You. Scott and Jay pick an obscure version of each and Maie judges who brought the better track. Artists include Scott Weiland, Captain and Tennille, Jimmy Eat World, Postmodern Jukebox, Kurt Schneider, and The Holophonics. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/023.html
52:55
April 26, 2021
Episode 22 - Funk Christmas Songs
Episode 22 - Funk Christmas Songs
This week, we dive into funk Christmas music. Artists include The Soul Saints Orchestra, Electric Jungle, J.D. McDonald, Travis Adney, Snoop Dogg, and Jimmy Jules and the Nuclear Soul System. Show Notes
52:50
April 11, 2021
Episode 21 - Christmas Songs About U.S. States
Episode 21 - Christmas Songs About U.S. States
This week, we fulfill a listener's suggestion and explore songs written about U.S. States. Artists include Asleep at the Wheel, Dave Vitagliano, Bonnie McKee, Eric Von Hahmann, Kenny Rogers, Malinda Liberty, and Brandon Gray. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/021.html
56:13
March 28, 2021
Episode 20 - Lost Christmas Holiday Rarities, Volume 1
Episode 20 - Lost Christmas Holiday Rarities, Volume 1
This week, we dig into the album Lost Christmas, Holiday Rarities, and explore the songs we've heard of. Should they have remained "lost"? Artists include Jackie DeShannon, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bobby Goldsboro, and Chuck Berry. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/020.html
45:30
March 08, 2021
Episode 19 - Warm Weather Christmas Songs
Episode 19 - Warm Weather Christmas Songs
Many listeners are in the middle of winter, so Scott and Jay are offering a little repreive with Christmas songs about warm weather. Artists include The Dukes of Surf, Jimmy Buffett, The Hollyberries, Don Ho, Kenny Chesney, Batesy, and Los Straitjackets. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/019.html
53:17
February 21, 2021
Episode 18 - The Star Wars Christmas Album
Episode 18 - The Star Wars Christmas Album
Scott and Jay take a deep dive into the "Christmas in the Stars", the Original Star Wars Christmas album from 1980. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/018.html
53:08
February 05, 2021
Episode 17 - The Christmas Blues
Episode 17 - The Christmas Blues
Are you feeling the Christmas blues now that the season is over? This week, Todd Killian joins us to listen to some great Christmas blues songs. Artists include Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Lou Ann Barton, Canned Heat, Joe Bonamassa, and The Moonglows. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/017.html
51:47
January 17, 2021
Episode 16 - (Bonus) A Very Polka Christmas
Episode 16 - (Bonus) A Very Polka Christmas
We are joined by Jake from the Chardon Polka Band to listen to and discuss their 2020 album "A Very Polka Christmas". https://jinglejank.com/episodes/016.html
41:37
January 10, 2021
Episode 14 - Christmas Songs About Food
Episode 14 - Christmas Songs About Food
We are celebrating one of our favorite parts about the holidays with Christmas songs about food. Artists include The Irish Rovers, Fred Schneider and the Superions, Bing Crosby, Paul and Storm, Carrie Cunningham, The Gift of Christmas Players, and Grant Kirkhope. https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/014.html
35:14
December 23, 2020
Episode 13 - Funny Christmas Songs
Episode 13 - Funny Christmas Songs
We're providing a much-needed stress reliever for the busy holiday season by exploring funny Christmas songs. Artists include Dropkick Murphys, Teresa Brewer, The Snake Oil Willie Band, Paul Evans, The Moron Brothers, Ruth Moore, and Oscar the Grouch. https://jinglejank.com/episodes/013.html
41:42
December 14, 2020
Episode 12 - Reggae Christmas Songs
Episode 12 - Reggae Christmas Songs
Welcome in the Christmas season with some cool island rhythms! This week, we explore reggae Christmas songs. Artists include Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Toots & The Maytals, Shaggy, Inner Circle, The Cimarons, and Carlene Davis. https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/012.html
44:45
November 29, 2020
Episode 11 (Bonus) - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
Episode 11 (Bonus) - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
In this bonus episode, we review the album You'll Shoot Your Eye Out! by Ralphie's Red Ryders. All of the songs on this fantastic album are themed on scenes from the movie A Christmas Story and we really geek out about the music and the scenes. https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/011.html
01:08:54
November 27, 2020
Episode 10 - Songs from 'A Christmas Carol' Musicals
Episode 10 - Songs from 'A Christmas Carol' Musicals
This week we have another special guest, Jack from The Total Christmas Podcast, who helps us discuss songs from musical adaptations of A Christmas Carol.  The versions we cover are Scrooge (1970), The Stingiest Man in Town, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Shower of Stars Christmas Carol, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol the Musical (2004), and A Christmas Carol (1997, animated) https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/010.html
01:07:21
November 16, 2020
Episode 9 - Underappreciated Christmas Songs from TV and Movies
Episode 9 - Underappreciated Christmas Songs from TV and Movies
This week we have a very special guest, Bran from Deck the Hallmark, who helps us discuss songs from Christmas television specials and movies that we rarely hear played. Artists include Ray Charles, Brenda Lee, The Monkees, The Wee Winter Singers, Clarence Carter, Bob Wills, Lou Rawls, and Loreena Mckennitt. Full show notes
01:14:28
November 06, 2020
Episode 8 - Spooky Christmas Songs
Episode 8 - Spooky Christmas Songs
Just in time for Halloween, we dive into some spooky Christmas songs. Artists include: Count Floyd, Spinal Tap, Tarja Turunen, Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler, Douglas Pipes, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers, Sheb Wooley, Brice Armstrong and The All-American Ghouls, and Defiant Brood. https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/008.html
50:21
October 27, 2020
Episode 7 - Depressing Christmas Songs
Episode 7 - Depressing Christmas Songs
Do you enjoy sad, depressing Christmas songs? This week, we discuss why this genre is so popular and why someone would want to feel down at Christmas. Artists include: John Denver, Romeos Fault, Nat King Cole, The O'Jays, The Emotions, The Everly Brothers, Dan Hicks, Sufjan Stevens, LCD Soundsystem, and Marvin Gaye. https://www.jinglejank.com/episodes/007.html
55:42
October 12, 2020
Episode 6 - Santa Claus in Outer Space
Episode 6 - Santa Claus in Outer Space
Santa Claus blasts off to worlds unknown in this latest episode. This week we featured: Sonny Cole, Tim Dinkins, Bobby Helms, The BellRays, Lawrence Welk's Little Band, Tiny Tim, Barry Gordon, and Patty Marie Jay with the Hal Bradley Orchestra.
48:42
September 26, 2020
Episode 5 - Disco Christmas Songs
Episode 5 - Disco Christmas Songs
Do you like to get down and groove to Christmas disco music? This week we featured Disco Christmas by the Universal Robot Band, Joy to the World by the Salsoul Orchestra, Silver Bells by Mirror Image, Gloria Medley by Les Jokers, Donde Esta Santa Claus? by Charo, Christmas Rappin' by Kurtis Blow, Santa Claus / N.O.E.L. by Holiday Express, and Sleigh Ride by Irwin the Disco Duck.
45:40
September 13, 2020
Episode 4 - Yacht Rock Christmas Songs
Episode 4 - Yacht Rock Christmas Songs
Scott and Jay discuss Christmas songs from famous Yacht Rock artists. Songs featured: White Christmas by Kenny Loggins Go Tell it on the Mountain by Michael McDonald It Doesn't Have to Be This Way by Jim Croce The Gift of Giving by Bill Withers The First Christmas Morning by Dan Fogelberg Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Michael Bolton Christmas Must Be Tonight by Hall and Oates
47:42
August 30, 2020
Episode 3 - Ska-Punk Christmas Songs
Episode 3 - Ska-Punk Christmas Songs
Scott and Jay discuss Ska-Punk Christmas songs from the type of bands that were popular in the mid-1990s. Songs featured: Joy to the World by The O.C. Supertones Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Reel Big Fish White Christmas by Goldfinger Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by The Holophonics Feliz Navidad by The Toasters Silent Night by Ska-J Last Christmas by The Holophonics
37:55
August 15, 2020
Episode 2 - 80s Cartoon Christmas Songs
Episode 2 - 80s Cartoon Christmas Songs
Scott and Jay discuss Christmas songs from popular cartoons in the 1980s. Songs featured: Smurfing Bells  Christmas Song We Wish You a Turtle Christmas The Ten Bears of Christmas It's a Pony Kind of Christmas
55:25
August 10, 2020
Episode 1 - Celebrity Christmas Songs
Episode 1 - Celebrity Christmas Songs
In this episode, Scott and Jay discuss Christmas songs performed by non-musical celebrities. Songs featured: Johnny It's Cold Outside Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer If It Doesn't Snow this Christmas Please Come Home for Christmas Silent Night
38:15
August 02, 2020