xmas song of the day – “Little Drummer Boy” | JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS | 1981.

Happy Holidays!  Since it’s the first year of my blog, and since it’s the last year for my Annual Holiday Show on my little 20-year-old 80s radio program, STUCK IN THE 80s (on WMPG community radio in Portland, Maine), I wanted to present to you THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, or, 31 of my favorite 80s holiday musical treats.

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The song for Day 12 of the 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS is a kick-ass rockin’ version of the Xmas classic, “Little Drummer Boy,” and a song that appeared on early editions of  I LOVE ROCK ’N ROLL, the huge 1981 album by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  It’s been a staple on my STUCK IN THE 80s holiday shows every year.

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On an album with an even mix of original songs and cover versions of songs by Arrows (“I Love Rock ’n’ Roll”), Tommy James & The Shondells (“Crimson And Clover”), The Dave Clark Five (“Bits And Pieces”), and a song that was both a cover and a Joan Jett-penned song for her previous band, The Runaways (“You’re Too Possessive”), “Little Drummer Boy” (whose history dates back to 1941) seemed to fit right in.

After the 1981 / 1982 holiday season, “Little Drummer Boy” was replaced with “Oh Woe Is Me,” what would become the B-side to “Crimson And Clover and an original Joan Jett composition.  Not to worry, though – both songs were represented in the 1998 CD reissue and the 2009 vinyl reissue.  Rum pa pum pum 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5_gk-1OGXU

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