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Set lists for December 13, 2013

Here’s what you missed if you missed The Viper & His Famous Orchestra playing at the Underground Wonder Bar this past Friday night, December 13, along with John Peacock and Edward Burch.

And it should give you a taste of what to expect at our upcoming shows: Saturday, Jan. 11 at Martyrs’ in Chicago for the big Sousaphenia event; Saturday, Jan. 25 at Uncommon Ground on Devon in Chicago (with Jack & Ace); and Friday, Jan. 31, at  the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. Details on our shows page at https://theviper.org/shows.

Viper set #1

  1. Hey! Rounders
  2. Ukulele Rhythm
  3. I Love a Girl in Moscow
  4. Save Me a Krampus (for the Holiday)
  5. Pound It Out
  6. Heartbreak for Beginners
  7. Make a World (Brand New)
  8. The Viper’s Blue Yodel no. 6.02 x 10 to the 23rd
  9. Big Headed Small Minded Man

John Peacock

  • IL Central
  • Make Believe
  • Poor Alice

Edward Burch

  • The Neapolitan
  • I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
  • There’s Always Tomorrow / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Viper set #2

  1. My Seafaring Lassie
  2. The Winnebago Bay
  3. The Yodeler’s Christmas
  4. The Yodeler’s Christmas (encore — honest!)
  5. The Monsters Are Coming
  6. Transformer Man
  7. Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been… Blue
  8. Das Kapital
  9. Ludlul bel nemeqi (Body and Soul)
  10. Good Morning Irene
  11. I Left My Liver in Libertyville

As you’ll see from the actual stage set lists below, we cut a bunch due to time and a sense that the audience wasn’t going to go for a whole set of un-mic’ed on-the-floor washtub bass tunes. AND when John and I were putting the list together while sitting in his car on the way down stopped on the interstate for and hour-and-a-half outside of Northbrookfieldparkridgeviewgrovemette, we somehow forgot to transfer some of our biggest crowdpleasers, including “Stopper in My Hand” and a season-appropriate “Mele Kalikimaka.”

C’est l’amour, c’est la guerre.


Save Me a Krampus (For the Holiday)

In the spirit of the season, The Viper presents a new music video for a song I wrote this same time last year, “Save Me a Krampus (For the Holiday).” Like to know what The Viper hopes he’ll find tucked into his shoes on the morn of December 5, St. Nicholas Day? Well listen up, my friends, and the tale will be told.

This was recorded/filmed on November 29 & 30, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My daughter, Irene, and I did the camerawork, with Irene Jerving starring as the eponymous Krampus. Play along, with chords & lyrics available here.

If you are unfamiliar with Krampus (and in the age of Wikipedia, that’s really unforgiveable, you know), you should know that Krampus is the troll-like creature who accompanies St. Nicholas in the holiday traditions of parts of Austria, Bavaria, and such, playing bad-cop-good-cop on their house-to-house rounds. Especially bad kids get stuffed in a sack and dragged away to the Krampus’s lair. Somewhat bad kids just get their oranges taken away. Happy holidays!