Sunday, December 24, 2017
A Very Different Leader of the Pack
Song 387: This week on the playlist you’ll find Leroy The Redneck Reindeer by Joe Diffie, written by Stacey Slate, Joe Diffie and Steve Pippin, and you can find a YouTube video of it by clicking on the title. I only recently discovered this cut a couple of years ago, though it dates from the middle of the 1990s, but I find it a highly-entertaining take on the flying reindeer tale, and a welcome alternative to the ever-present repetitive background music you'll get in the stores at this time of the year. Personally, I'd much rather catch Joe blabbing about Leroy leading the pack than Gene crooning about Rudolf, but it hasn't happened yet. Even though that down home party animal Leroy might have made history that night, perhaps not enough people know About that crazy Christmas That the North Pole can't forget. On a side note, this track is a first sly reference to the third (and final) verse of my own song As Long as Merle is Still Haggard. Leaving aside the first 3 references in it, the middle of the third verse begins with the line and would Joe know the Diffie, and you can find the Merle video by clicking on the title.