Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hung for the Holidays And Liberace, too!



We have to go back to 2004 to discover "Hung for the Holidays" as sung by American Idol tryout king, William Hung.  The retail price for this collection was $7.98, and it was worth no-less than a nickel.  For a limited time, the EP also included a fold-out Christmas ornament. Mr. Hung sings; 1. Holiday Greetings and Wishes, 2. Deck the Halls, 3. O Come All Ye Faithful, 4. Greeting: Holiday Reminder, 5. Silver Bells, 6. Little Drummer Boy, 7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, 8. Winter Wonderland, 9. Hopes and Dreams, and 10. Hidden Bonus Track: "We Are the Champions."


Ho, Ho, Ho gave 1997 a reason to cheer with this album by RuPaul.  Some of the twisted holiday covers are done tongue-in-cheek ("I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus") yet they're done so-well that they're great!  Especially fun are RuPaul's version of Eartha Kit's "Santa Baby," preceded by "All I Want for Christmas." Here the Santa wish lists are changed to reflect RuPaul's pronounced favorites: cash, cosmetic surgery, cash, and, of course, a big diamond rock. When it's all said and done, this is one gay Christmas classic for sure. 

It's reported that Liberace loved holidays and especially Christmas. In addition to multiple albums for the season, he also was popular with his own television specials and shows in New York City specific to Christmas.

Below: Christmas cards on display at the Las Vegas Liberace Museum (which closed due to lack of visitors)

1981 Christmas Special Parody


Tammy Faye always managed to face the world with two very important things: her trademark upbeat attitude and loads of mascara.  All jokes aside, Tammy was one of the first high-profile Christian evangelicals on TV to embrace both gay men and all AIDS patients, regardless of how they were infected.

She also fought for the rights of animals and she said it the way she saw it, which remains no small thing for a woman swathed in a culture famous for its fiery, Old-Testament intolerance and hatred.  

Then there were the not-so-nice aspects of her personal life:  It's reported that her then-husband Jim Bakker paid $265,000 in hush-money to keep church secretary Jessica Hahn quiet about their affair, in addition to the $158 million he allegedily embezzled from his own PTL (a.k.a. Praise the Lord) ministry, and cash spent on lavish mansions (with gold-plated bathroom fixtures), luxury cars, and an air-conditioned doghouse.  There were also allegations of him having affairs with other men.  In an article appearing in Penthouse, John Wesley Fletcher, a former Bakker associate, detailed gay encounters with Bakker, claiming that he procured young men for the boss.  Tammy divorced Jim.  Sadly, many believers

lost their life savings before Bakker would go to jail.

In early 2004, she resurfaced on TV in the second season of a reality television series called The Surreal Life. The show chronicled a 12-day period in which she and five others (including porn star Ron Jeremy, white rapper Vanilla Ice, and others) were filmed living together in a house in Los Angeles. Tammy also wrote a best-selling book, I Will Survive… And You Will Too. She recorded music from the 1970's through the 1980's, including many gospel and religious albums, including We're Blest. 


OK, so the weird album cover shows the bionic stud in various stages of dress/undress as he pretends to be Santa. He pulls down his fake Santa beard, with that horny look going on in his eyes and that big phallic rocket taking off in the background. 

This album comes with a story full of good and bad guys and lots of action. The most noteworthy story is "Elves' Revolt" where unionized angry elves protest their working conditions under that damn Santa Claus (they want a livable wage and better hours!), but he won't listen and as a result they end up falling in with a terrorist planning to melt the polar ice caps. A regular series from 1974 to 1978, The Six Million Dollar Man was a hit.  If nothing else, this album makes a nice novelty or place to put hot plates on.


VGMH likes how the parents aren't even on the album's cover.  The presents are still wrapped so it's a good guess Mr. Brady is upstairs slipping the Missus' some hard holiday candy cane.  Opps! Mr. Brady was actually played by a gay actor who was not into that girl stuff.  The second guess is that Mike Brady has not come home from the holiday company party from the night before (eager to please office guys and booze can lead to things, ya know!), and upstairs that leaves Mrs. Brady and...oh no! Alice?

Jock Strapp Ensemble sings Rugby Songs (volume two).

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