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A Bob Rivers Christmas

 By Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags:
Unusual Holiday Songs

This will be the last Unusual Holiday Song post I plan to write, as I've grown tired of the feature and I think it's run its course. I figured I'd go out with a bang by writing about FOUR songs - the most I ever offered in one post.

Bob Rivers is an American rock and roll radio on-air personality in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a prolific producer and songwriter of parody songs, most famous for his Christmas song parodies. In the 1980s, Bob spent almost 6 years at WAAF in Worcester, Massachusetts (in the Boston market), as part of the successful "Bob and Zip" morning show with Peter "Zip" Zipfel. In 1988, Rivers released Twisted Christmas, which was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was filled with humorous Christmas songs and parodies. My favorites are "We Wish You Weren't Living With Us" (track 3), "Wreck The Malls" (track 4), and "The Restroom Door Said, 'Gentlemen'" (track 8).

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Bob Rivers Comedy Corp - We Wish You Weren't Living With Us


Bob Rivers Comedy Corp - Wreck The Malls


Bob Rivers Comedy Corp - The Restroom Door Said, 'Gentlemen'

Rivers released a second album of humorous holiday-themed music in 1993 entitled I Am Santa Claus (the title track was a parody of Black Sabbath's song "Iron Man"). Track 12 on this album is a spoken-word "The Wizard of Oz" Christmas spoof entitled "The Magical Kingdom Of Claus".

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Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - The Magical Kingdom of Claus

Bob later released three other Christmas-themed albums: More Twisted Christmas (1997); Chipmunks Roasting On an Open Fire (2000); and White Trash Christmas (2002). Bob Rivers' last regular radio program, "The Bob Rivers Show with Bob, Spike and Joe", was broadcast on Seattle oldies station KJR-FM until August 8, 2014, ending a 25-year run in the Seattle market.


For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

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