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SCOTT SIMON, host:

And if you think poor aim in the men's room is annoying, listen to this...

(Soundbite of song, "Christmas Fever")

Mr. TIMMY CHRISTMAS (Singer): (Singing) Mama, I've got the Christmas fever. I've got the Christmas fever, I've got the Christmas fever...

SIMON: Guess who has the Christmas fever. Jim Nayder, of course, host of "The Annoying Music Show" on Chicago Public Radio. Jim, I don't think we've ever had a more fitting introduction to our segments, our annoying music segments, than a piece set in a urinal, have we?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. JIM NAYDER (Host, "Annoying Music Show"): The perfect lead-in. And Scott, you have to ask how I am, by the way.

SIMON: Oh, Jim, how are you?

Mr. NAYDER: You know, Scott, I feel like a Christmas cupcake that's been in the oven a little too long.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Flat and overdone?

Mr. NAYDER: But "Christmas Fever," this is, it's by Timmy Christmas, which is, of course, as annoying as the song, that that would be his name. But it's got a sad ending 'cause he had the swine flu and then Christmas fever and then Kris Kringle's Christmas shingles. So I don't think we should've even played it. But once the toothpaste is out of the tube, what are you going to do?

SIMON: Right. So, let's Hoover up some more music. What else do you have for us?

Mr. NAYDER: Here's a bulletin.

(Soundbite of song, "Hava Nagila")

Mr. NAYDER: This just in: cats and dogs, because of the success of Hanukah this year, have signed a peace agreement.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: Come on. If cats and dogs can get it together...

SIMON: Why can't those folks over in the Middle East do the same?

Mr. NAYDER: Exactly.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of cats meowing and dogs barking)

SIMON: Oh my word. As an animal lover...

Mr. NAYDER: We now return you to regular programming.

SIMON: You must get a lot of suggestions this time of year, Jim.

Mr. NAYDER: Oh, Scott, this year we have gotten more emails about the most annoying Christmas album ever.

(Soundbite of song, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing")

Mr. BOB DYLAN (Singer): (Singing) Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king...

SIMON: Let me just guess: is this somebody being held hostage by al-Qaida?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: I think we're being held hostage having to listen to it.

SIMON: That's Bob Dylan, right?

Mr. NAYDER: It's Bob Dylan, yes. And we've gotten more emails saying you've got to do a special. And some say Bob Dylan's the worst and then they say there's others that are the most annoying.

SIMON: Well, what some people consider annoying is just about one of my favorite Christmas singers. And I love Der Bingle and Nat King Cole and Old Blue Eyes...

Mr. NAYDER: Mrs. Miller, Roger Whitaker.

SIMON: But you know, I am one of those people that have an absolutely soft spot for The Chipmunks.

(Soundbite of song, "Jingle Bells")

THE CHIPMUNKS: (Singing) Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

SIMON: Aw.

Mr. NAYDER: Aw.

SIMON: And they're cute. Come on, admit it. Aren't they cute?

Mr. NAYDER: They're cute, they're wonderful, and annoying. They're the whole package.

SIMON: Now, I mean, if the chipmunks did a Dylan song...

Mr. NAYDER: Oh my God, Scott, here it is.

(Soundbite of song, "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man")

THE CHIPMUNKS: (Singing) Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me...

SIMON: Is that The Chipmunks?

Mr. NAYDER: Yes.

SIMON: That's really Alvin and Theodore and Simon?

Mr. NAYDER: Doing Bob Dylan, yes.

SIMON: Oh my word.

(Soundbite of song, "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man")

THE CHIPMUNKS: (Singing) Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man...

SIMON: Now, you know, there's a Chipmunk movie coming out.

Mr. NAYDER: Oh, well, hopefully you'll get to interview Alvin.

SIMON: We made a request to interview Alvin. And for reasons - I think he's doing Charlie Rose instead.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Some kind of exclusive agreement.

Mr. NAYDER: I hope they have a booster chair for him.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Right. He's going to be on with Charlie or I think Diane's first guest on "ABC World News," you know.

Mr. NAYDER: Good choice. I have to say...

SIMON: Jim, since Alvin isn't available - I can't say this in front of my family - would you be my chipmunk, Jim Nayder?

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) Scott, if you would've said that 30 years ago, I would've married you.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) I will do my best.

(Soundbite of song, "The Chipmunk Song")

THE CHIPMUNKS: (Singing) Want a plane that loops the loop, me, I want a hula hoop. We can hardly...

SIMON: So can I ask something on behalf of all chipmunks?

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) Sure.

SIMON: What's this hula hoop obsession you guys have?

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) Well, here's the story. We wanted to do water skiing but the squirrels got there first. And so they copyrighted it, we tried to do it, we got sued, so the only thing left at the time was a hula hoop. And it does keep us in shape. It's kind of like New Kids on the Block on stage, and it's something that proactive. So that's what happened.

SIMON: Keep you in shape? Alvin, Theodore, Simon, I've seen your shape.

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) Well, we have, you know, our tushies are one of our more admirable qualities.

SIMON: I can't believe...

Mr. NAYDER: (in chipmunk voice:) Thanks to the hula hoop.

SIMON: Chipmunk tushies on the air. Simon, Theodore and Alvin.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Well, Jim Nayder, we're going to take you out of your chipmunk purgatory right now. Are you back with us, Jim?

Mr. NAYDER: I was sort of in a trance. I mean, I don't really remember what I said.

SIMON: Sort of possessed by a chipmunk, were you?

Mr. NAYDER: Yes, yes, I was.

SIMON: I could tell that.

Mr. NAYDER: Alvin!

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: (in chipmunk voice:) And then write(ph), okay. Right?

Mr. NAYDER: Exactly.

SIMON: I can do a chipmunk voice. What do we need technology for? Well, Jim, so nice talk to you. Our friend Jim Nayder hosts "The Annoying Music Show" on Chicago Public Radio.

(Soundbite of song, "The Chipmunk Song")

THE CHIPMUNKS: (Singing) We can hardly the wait, please, Christmas, be don't be late.

Unidentified Man: Very good boys...

THE CHIPMUNKS: Yeah, let's...

Unidentified Man: No, that's enough. Let's not overdo it.

THE CHIPMUNKS: What do you mean overdo it? (Unintelligible).

Unidentified Man: Now, wait a minute, boys. Alvin, cut that, now, wait. Theodore, just a minute. Simon, will you cut that out?

SIMON: And this - Simon, would you cut that out? Thank you. That's my best cue.

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