Christmas is still two months away. Unless you live in a galaxy far, far away, in which case, ’tis already the season for Christmas carols. Rhino Records has just rereleased the 1980 kitsch-music classic Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas. Included on the nine-song CD are such what-were-they-thinking ditties as ”What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)” and ”R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the latter sung by Jon Bon Jovi.
Yes, you read that right. Back when he was just 18-year-old John Bongiovi, the nascent rocker made the recording — his first professional gig — at the urging of his second cousin, record producer Tony Bongiovi, who coproduced the Wars album. ”I was trying to develop him as an artist,” says Tony. ”He was somewhat reluctant to do it, but if that record hit, and John was singing on it, I thought it would be a great vehicle to launch his career.” As it turned out, cousin John’s career didn’t take off for another two years, with no help from the Force. But with the current Wars renaissance, ponders Tony, ”wouldn’t it be funny if [the Xmas album] went gold this time around?” Maybe not. Bon Jovi refused to comment on the yuletide Yoda-ing.