Worse -- or better, depending on how you feel about it -- it ended a second time about 15 minutes later. As some p3 followers remember, I make it a personal challenge to go from Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve without hearing “The Little Drummer Boy.”
Call it a dream. It's true, I have some bizarre affection for some covers of the song, but the reality is that the song itself just grates on me. (Anyone who saw the spot-on parody of the song at the Broadway Rose's A Very PDX-MAS knows what I'm talking about.)
Anyway --ironies of ironies -- I had just clicked on to Part 3 of the Christmas special on Strictly The Sixties when my old (and blameless) pal Keith, who hosts StS, let go with Lou Rawls' R&B version of “The Little Drummer Boy.” I had barely picked myself up off the floor when he followed up with the ultra-rare Jimi Hendrix cover of the same song. By then, I was nailed. Wham. There was nothing more I could do.
With the benefit of hindsight, this could be the reason I dislike the song so much. Maybe not, but it's certainly possible.
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My mixed feelings of irritation and envy about Larry Matthews are spelled out here.