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.
The song for Day 24 of THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS is a rare and special holiday treat from 1986 – “Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You’re A Lovely Guy)” by the witty, occasionally stuttering computer-generated character, Max Headroom (played so well by actor Matt Frewer).
1986 was a big year for Max (and Matt) – they already scored an international hit with “Paranoimia” (with The Art Of Noise), there was a British cult TV show called THE MAX HEADROOM SHOW in its third and final season, and they were on the verge of an American drama series, MAX HEADROOM, which started in the Spring of 1987 – and Coca-Cola commercials somewhere inbetween.
Not long after the success of “Paranoimia,” Max Headroom did a holiday special in the U.K., MAX HEADROOM’S GIANT CHRISTMAS TURKEY, and from that special, a limited edition 7” holiday single was commissioned and was released on Chrysalis records: “Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You’re A Lovely Guy).”
Due to the late release of the record, the song did not get a chance to chart anywhere. I know it’s not a holiday song for everyone, but if you’re a fan like I am, it’s a fun way to spend four minutes this time of year, and I think you’ll love it, “from the top of your Christmas stocking / To the bottom of your Christmas bot-bot-bottom!”