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 now. Then check out my rant on its behalf:
Chilling, and magnificent. Merry Christmas, Monkees!
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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! # 6: The Sex Pistols,"God Save The Queen"
GREM! # 4: Chuck Berry, "Promised Land"
GREM! # 2: Badfinger, "Baby Blue"
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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.