It was 34 years ago today that a Christmas classic was first introduced to the television public. Guesting on legendary crooner Bing Crosby’s 42nd Christmas special, David Bowie was looking to appeal to a more mainstream crowd and der Bingster was flirting with hipness. What the two birthed was a mash-up (before that term had ever been coined) of The Little Drummer Boy and Peace On Earth that would become a cult Christmas classic.
Ironically, Crosby never lived to see the performance (which was taped in September of ’77) air. He died on October 14th, 1977.
Within the past few years, the song has had a definite resurgence of popularity with several modern day comedians in what could be considered both a loving tribute AND parody.
First up, Will Ferrell takes on the role of Bowie and John C. Reilly brings out his inner Bing in this Funny or Die video. Be sure to watch it all the way to the end.
If you want to add the MP3 of their performance to your holiday music collection, you can download for FREE courtesy of Funny or Die by clicking here.
Jack Black and Jason Segel took their stab at the tune in animated fashion with this version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth for CollegeHumor.com.