All Christmas Animal Songs

We presented something a little different—a very special edition of “Talking Animals” you might say (we wouldn’t say that, but you might!) South Korea's Trainers and Animals Prepare For Christmas PerformanceIt didn’t make sense to devote Christmas morning to a regular edition of the program, particularly conducting a guest interview (much less two!) on that show. But, since animal songs constitute one of the key elements of “Talking Animals,” I decided to go all in.

With Flee’s help–both suggestions of songs and selections from his vast music collection–I fashioned a collection of Christmas-oriented animal songs to play that morning. Sure—as you can see–to pull off this conceit, I needed to rely heavily on various versions of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but hopefully involving some interesting artists, as well as some less obviously yuletide critter tunes. Here’s what I played Christmas morning:

Rebekah Pulley—The Talking Animals Theme


The Fab Four—Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Eels—Christmas Is Going To The Dogs

Keith Richards—Run Rudolph Run

Vinnie Bonofici And His Italian American Band—Dominick, The Italian Christmas Donkey  


Chris Isaak—Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  

The Barking Dogs—Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks—Run Run Rudolph

Rodd Rogers—Maury, The Christmas Mouse

Dirk Keysser– Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer


Jackson 5– Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Bobs—Rasta Reindeer 2:31  

Los Lobos—Rudolph The Manic Reindeer  

The Knife—Christmas Reindeer

The Ventures– Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  


Los Straitjackets Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  

Aimee Mann—You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch

A Rubber Band Christmas Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Badly Drawn Boy—Donna & Blitzen


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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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