The Real History Behind Star Wars' Awful Christmas Album

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Ah, Christmas in The Stars. Star Wars fans old enough to remember the 1980 'classic' that brought some festive spirit to the Galaxy Far, Far Away might look back on it as a bit of kitsch, but as bad as it was to listen to, the story of its creation has largely been untold by the people involved - until now, thanks to CBC Music.


Andrea Warner sat down with producer Tony Bongiovi, Broadway composer Maury Yeston, and C-3PO himself, Anthony Daniels (who provided, erm, extensive vocal work on the album) for what is allegedly one of the first ever interviews about how the album came to be, off the back of the success of Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk, the equally infamous Star Wars disco album. There's a lot of of amazing insight and details about the creation of the project - for example, the fact that it marks the professional recording début of famous singer John Bongiovi, who you might know better as Jon Bon Jovi, and that it almost got cancelled as a piece of merchandising too far even for George Lucas, angered by a song lyric that would've seen Yoda intermingle the nature of the force with the Christian background of Christmas:

It's very pretty music and the lyric was, and it was very like Yoda, "I will tell you about many, many years ago/ on a planet far from here/ there appeared a new star shining for a single year/ men were far more different then/ much they did not understand." It was real! It was one of those real songs, and the message was love each other, be kind to each other, be good to each other. And people were like crying hearing this song. But George did not want to intermingle the message of the Force with Christianity. And that was it, the album was over, case closed.

If only they hadn't convinced Lucas to change his mind with a rewrite!

The whole thing is an incredible read, and some interesting insight into some of the earliest (and weirdest) Star Wars merchandising attempts. You can read 's full interview at the link below. And of course, before you do, get in the spirit with a listen of What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Has a Comb):

[CBC Music]

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How can you omit that Jon Bon Jovi is a background singer on this?