On the second day of Christmas, the gift I give to you… two Star Wars classics. Of course, I use the term loosely, since neither of these is considered a classic by most people. Nevertheless, true SW fans everywhere cannot deny their holiday appeal.
1978’s Star Wars Holiday Special. I still remember anxiously counting down the days until this broadcast on November 17, 1978. My birthday was the previous day, so it even seemed like a belated gift… To say it was disappointing was to give it too much credit. I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees. Yet, it did introduce Boba Fett, and it was another glimpse into the Star Wars universe long before videos or the internet made it possible to easily get your fill. It’s so bad that it’s almost good. As such, it’s perfect for an annual late-November viewing.
1980’s Star Wars Christmas Album: Christmas In the Stars. Released six months after The Empire Strikes Back, the album is comprised of Christmas-themed songs set in the Star Wars universe. Most of the work (narration/singing) is handled by C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), but the album is, perhaps, most famous for featuring Jon Bon Jovi on lead vocals for “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Although I have yet to hear of Jon singing this tune during his concerts, I still give the cd a spin during the holiday season.
Stop by tomorrow for day three... and may the Force be with you!
Posted on Mon, December 15, 2014
by Thomas Winship filed under