Thursday, December 24, 2020


An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much I'm writing a book about it. And I'm promoting that book with a weekly video series, discussing each of the book's chosen tracks one by one.

For this Christmas week, we're taking a quick break from songs discussed in the book, and jumping to a holiday song: "Riu Chiu" by The Monkees. "Riu Chiu" is a Golden Oldie, dating back to 16th century Spain; The Monkees performed it live as an a cappella number on an episode of their TV series ("The Christmas Show," originally broadcast on December 25th, 1967). Their performance is riveting, jaw-dropping, and if you've never seen the clip, go watch it nowThen check out my rant on its behalf:

Chilling, and magnificent. Merry Christmas, Monkees!

If you dig whatever the hell it is I'm doing in these weekly videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. NEXT WEEK: Back to the book! We kick 2020 to the curb with our hope for better things to come: Brother Eytan Mirsky, and "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year." For now: whatever season you celebrate, whether it's a holiday on the calendar or the promise of a new day, we wish you the merriest.

THIS WEEK'S VIDEO: The Monkees, "Riu Chiu"

GREM! # 9: Patti Smith, "Gloria"

GREM! # 8: Big Mama Thornton, "Hound Dog"

GREM! # 7: Elvis Presley, "Heartbreak Hotel"

GREM! # 6The Sex Pistols,"God Save The Queen"

GREM! # 5: Dusty Springfield,"I Only Want To Be With You"

GREM! # 4: Chuck Berry, "Promised Land"

GREM! # 3: Baron Daemon and the Vampires, "The TransylvaniaTwist"

GREM! # 2: Badfinger, "Baby Blue"

GREM! # 1: The Ramones, "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"


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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1). My weekly Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants can be seen in my GREM! YouTube playlist. And I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl.

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