Fire and Water Records: A VERY DALY CHRISTMAS Volume 5

O COME, ALL YE LISTENERS of the Fire and Water Podcast Network! Ryan and Neil return for A Very Daly Christmas Volume 5. Music, memories, commercials and calamities: this installment has it all. Plus, the audio debut of the brand new Christmas rap written and performed by the Daly Brothers: "It's Christmas (Murphy's Law)"

Track list

  1. "All I Really Want for Christmas" by Lil Jon featuring Kool-Aid Man
  2. "Winter Wonderland" by Hannah Waddingham featuring Luke Evans
  3. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Dean Martin
  4. "Silver Bells" by Booker T. and the MG's
  5. "Hey Santa Claus" by The Moonglows
  6. "White Christmas" by Otis Redding
  7. "I Want to Come Home for Christmas" by Marvin Gaye
  8. "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay
  9. "Merry Christmas (To the One I Used to Know)" by Kelly Clarkson
  10. "My Christmas Card to You" by The Partridge Family
  11. "Make It Home" by Juliana Hatfield
  12. "It's Christmas (Murphy's Law)" by Neil Daly featuring Ryan Daly

Additional music clips: "Christmas and Me Are Through" by Your Vegas, "Merry Christmas All" by The Salsoul Orchestra.

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15 responses to “Fire and Water Records: A VERY DALY CHRISTMAS Volume 5

  1. These “Very Daly Christmas” episodes are always one of the biggest highlights of my podcast holiday season. Do I really mean that? OH YEAH!

    OK, where can I download “It’s Christmas (Murphy’s Law)” like right freaking now? Looking forward to the video dropping on Christmas Day (it will entertain me until I can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special).

    Thanks for providing so much entertainment, gents.

  2. Great episode fellas. Not going to spoil it for folks who haven’t heard it yet, but I’m with you on your least favorite Christmas song, Ryan. I don’t think that opinion is that controversial, though. It’s pretty horrible. I’ve kind of softened on it, but it’s still awful.

    Great list this year, with some new-to-me songs, and some I geunuinely love. I just heard the Partridge Family song for the first time yesterday, and I really like it.

    My memory sucks, did you guys ever feature Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody”? I love that song. Train has a version that’s decent, but not as cool as the original. Speaking of Train, they have a cover of The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” that’s pretty good, but not up to the original, which is excellent, IMHO.

    Glad you mentioned that Brad Garrett Frankenstein commercial. I looked it up again a few weeks ago. Great little mini-film. This year’s Apple commercial about the girl who makes stop motion videos featuring her grumpy boss is another instant classic. Check it out.

    Oh, and Cindy and I sing the Pebbles cereal commercial back and forth to each other every year. “Ho-ho-ho, I’m hu-hu-hungry! Santa, my Pebbles!”

    Merry Christmas bros!

  3. I just finished listening to all five volumes and I truly love this series. As a 90s kid, I used to roll my eyes at Christmas music every year, but as I’ve gotten older, like so many things I thought I was too cool for, my palate has matured, and now I love so many things about Christmas music.

    I mentioned this in the discord, but I have to say it again, the earnest way you both share these song without a hint of irony or in a tongue in cheek way, really makes this show what it is. The sincere love you guys have for these songs just shines through and it’s infectious and had me add a number of songs to my Christmas Playlist list. I only have one. Like a normal person. I’m kidding. I have like, five or six. You can’t play a Luther Vandross song about how kissing under the mistletoe got someone pregnant when your in-laws are over. Thats just a rule I live by.

    Anyway, the background you provide for some of the songs and artists, how you feel connected to these tracks, and the way you both speak about your favorite singers and performers makes me appreciate these songs even more. Well, maybe except for “Excuse My Christmas”.

    The stories and anecdotes you both share just add to this, and seriously, A Very Daly Christmas is going to have to be a staple every year for me along with viewings of A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, and all the rest. So, get busy planning the next few years of shows guys.

    I loved Murphy’s Law, it’s so perfectly this kind of early 90s R&B mixed with Christmas and old school rap. Just spot on.

    Once I heard that Ryan was going to tell us his least favorite Christmas song, I knew what it was going to be. I mean, come on, those kids practiced all year long on that chorus? Pathetic!

    Lastly, I thought I’d add a few of my favorite Christmas songs or albums that I don’t believe we’ve heard yet on the pod.

    India. Arie & Joe Sample have a great Christmas album that is so rich and she sings beautifully. That album’s version of “Favorite Time of Year” is in regular rotation for me every Christmas.

    Kermit Ruffins Christmas Album is perfect from front to back. It sounds like you are at a Christmas party and a bunch of friends pulled out their instruments and just started to play an impromptu collection of Christmas songs. You can practically hear the clinking of glasses as people refill their drinks and sing along. It never fails to make me smile. Every track is great, but “What Will Santa Say When He Finds Everybody Swingin” is toe tapping brilliance.

    There is a song by a band named Mud called “Lonely For Christmas” that I only heard for the first time this year, and listening to it, I would have sworn that it was a cover of an Elvis Presley song. I’ve been torturing my family with it all month.

    “2000 Miles” by The Pretenders is one that always pulls on my heartstrings. It’s probably played a lot and very familiar to everyone, but I love the melodic melancholy of this tune. It’s sad and hopeful.

    Lastly, another song I hadn’t heard until this year, and it may be the catchiest and weirdest thing I’ve heard and seen. “I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday” by Wizzard.

    1. “2000 Miles” is in regular rotation on my list but I haven’t come back to it because I already used the Pretenders on AVDC volume 1. Eventually I’ll get back to it. The other songs/albums you mentioned sound very intriguing and I’ll be sure to check ’em out. Glad you’re enjoying the podcast!

  4. I’m so glad you guys included “Make It Home.” I have been a fan of MSCL since it premiered and have a long history with it and its fandom (and have met several dear friends because of it). “So-Called Angels” is gut-wrenching and manages to be so good and hold up so well when it could have so easily become a piece of schmaltzy pap.

    Thanks for including this one.

  5. Got podcast and songs
    Here’s a idea for next year Santa’s zoo
    You talk bout songs like
    James penguin
    And Dominic the donkey.
    And other animal Christmas songs
    Just a thought.
    Merry Christmas.

  6. Always a joy to hear one of your holiday specials, no matter which holiday it is. I remember those old Norelco commercials – being slightly older than most of the crowd here, seeing Santa riding the shaver and the Noelco logo (with the umlaut) was one of my main signs it was Christmastime.

    This may sound a little odd, but thanks for not playing any of Wonderful Christmastime. I’m one of those odd folks who enjoys it, but like Wham’s Last Christmas, there’s a game where you try not to hear it between the beginning of the month and Christmas.

    As for the Monkees, there was a Christmas album put out in ’16, and it’s not bad. But back in the day, they did a lovely rendition of Riu Chiu on their second season Christmas episode.

    As always, loved the show and the stories. Thanks again, can’t wait for the Daly Brothers video and next year’s episode!

  7. I’m always a Grinch, but broadly speaking, it seemed like most of my co-workers lacked holiday spirit this year. I’ve also been listening to music over podcasts lately, building up a stockpile for drive time over Xmas. On the way back home, I had to choose between this and JLI, but I figured “if not now, when?”

    I’d have to say that this was the best VERY DALY CHRISTMAS yet, and will be difficult to top. Again, being a hater, there’s usually several song selections that give me an earache, but everything this time was a little left of center or novel to me. I have a standing policy not to comment on my podcasting friends’ creative endeavors, but I was braced for “It’s Christmas (Murphy’s Law)”, but was relieved once it actually started. The music video was also very impressive. Even the unofficial Lil Jon track slapped.

    I’m in the odd position of needing to defend Christmas songs. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a good ‘un with an added Love Actually connection, but I think “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is one of the best holiday songs ever, so I’m not mad to hear Brenda Lee get the nod this year. Streaming really has broken traditional generational music gaps. “Winter Wonderland” is up there too, and I always liked “Silver Bells” as well. I don’t even hate Bing’s version of “White Christmas,” but obviously Otis Redding perks up my ears. Yeah, Coldplay is overhated, probably based on their piano-driven pop skewing toward a female demographic. They had serious bangers on their early albums. “Wonderful Christmastime” is corny, but I only ever give it the attention it merits, so it doesn’t bother. It’s not like the late ’70s/early ’80s were a particularly palatable time in McCartney’s career, and I figure it’s status as a go-to for worst Xmas tune has more to do with the distaste of his fully selling out more than the relative quality of the work done in this field. Not when Michael Bublé’s no-homo “Santa Baby” is right there. “Merry Christmas (To the One I Used to Know)” is a find.

    On the negative tip, Shane MacGowan never did it for me, but I can’t fault the indie cred. Ironic given that Juliana Hatfield has been one of my favorite singer/songwriters, but I’m indifferent toward “Make It Home”. It probably didn’t help that my gal got me to watch the one season of My So-Called Life when the parents were the ones I related to.


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