Monday, July 1, 2013

"What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?) by The Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir & Chorale

Song#:  0434
Date:  12/13/1980
Debut:  91
Peak:  69
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Novely, Christmas

Pop Bits:  Typically, each year there is a song on the chart that is based off of some pop culture thing. And then there are ones that come out for the holidays. But singles that are a combo of both are quite rare and that is what we have here. Capitalizing on both the Star Wars trilogy phenomenon and Christmas, RSO Records issued the album "Christmas In the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album" for the 1980 holiday season. Overseen by Meco, who hit the charts with his discofied versions of "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" (#1, 1977) and "Empire Strikes Back" (#18, 1980), the album actually sold well and this single had enough support to spend some time on the chart. The album had Christmas-related songs and also narration that told the story of droids in a factory that make toys.

ReduxReview:  What a lump of Christmas coal. This was just a stupid idea. I mean, probably for little kids who loved Star Wars it was kind of fun. And the tunes seemed to be geared towards that crowd - simplistic melodies and structures where anyone can sing along. But really, this is just awful. In fact, I don't want to insult coal. I'd say it is more like a stocking full of turds.

ReduxRating:  1/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The co-producer of the album was Tony Bongiovi. Tony got his cousin John to sing the lead vocals on the song "R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Thus, it became the first professional recording of superstar rocker Jon Bon Jovi. (Bonus track above for listening pleasure!)  2) Composer Maury Yeston wrote most of the original music on the album. He would go on to write the music for the Broadway hits "Nine" (1982) and "Titanic" (1997), and would win Tony awards for each for Best Original Score.



  1. I would give this an ugh if it didn't make me laugh because it is sooooooooo terrible.

  2. This really is a terrible song. And I'm not a Star Wars guy, so it makes it even worse. And what makes it even worse is that hunting down a copy of this album for my collection was very difficult - for what turned out to be a terrible listen anyway.

    1. Amazing you found one. Has to be a collectors item not only for record buffs, but for Star Wars fans as well. Hold on to it!!