Rock Flashback: Nilsson’s “Remember (Christmas)”
In the summer of 1972, just a few months after the release of his career-making album Nilsson Schmilsson, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nilsson[/lastfm] returned with a sequel, Son of Schmilsson. It included a dizzying variety of songs, including a beautiful one appropriate for this time of year.
Among the memorable songs on Son of Schmilsson are “You’re Breaking My Heart,” a great kiss-off song with an opening line so blunt his label didn’t want to release it, and the singles “Spaceman” and “Joy,” the latter of which was released under the name Buck Earl, perhaps in an attempt to get some airplay on country stations, or just to be contrary.
“Remember (Christmas)” rose to #53 on the Hot 100 at the end of 1972, hanging on well into January. Although it was marketed as a Christmas single in 1972, the word “Christmas” doesn’t appear in it. Nevertheless, it’s infused with the spirit of the season, when we look back to what we imagine were simpler days and happier times: “Remember is a place from long ago/Remember filled with everything you know.”