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Need help: Unusual Christmas Music
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1323
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2003-09-17 3:59 pm   Permalink

As somebody who owns over 300 Christmas vinyl Christmas LPs, I will state that the coolest Christmas LP ever is....

The Three Suns: A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas.
I've heard one person describe this LP by saying "If Dr. Seuss had an ice skating rink with a jukebox, every selection would be from this album.

Other two really good ones are:
Ferrante and Teicher: Adventures in Carols
This is from the duos early experiemental period in the late 50's, when they plucked, strummed, and used avant-garde methods to create some real cool winter tunes.

Lenny Dee: Happy Holi-Dee
from the guy with the carzy organ stylings

All three of the above LPs are from the late 50's - right about the time that Martin Denny was recording 'Quiet Village' All of them would definitely qualify as being Devo-esque.


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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2989
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2003-09-17 4:16 pm   Permalink

Nothing weird or unusual, but I grew up with these and still like them.

The Herb Alpert Christmas Album (1968) - "Winter Wonderland" is a favorite on this.


The Andy Williams Christmas Album (1963) - the track "Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season" really swings.


How about Elvis' "Santa Claus is Back in Town" or "Blue Christmas"?


The Ronettes are a good choice, as are any of the tracks on the Phil Spector Christmas Album (1963):


Booker T and the MGs' Christmas Album (1966) is on my turntable every year.


There are some good songs on the Rhythm and Blues Christmas volumes (one and four are the best ones):


Finally, anything on Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is good:



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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 1055
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2003-09-17 4:25 pm   Permalink

Ikitnrev, I really dig "The Three Suns - A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas"! A must-have for every holiday music collection.
If it hasn't, it should be re-released as a CD. I burned my vinyl copy to CD, otherwise I would have worn out the album by now!

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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2003-09-17 4:56 pm   Permalink

2 ideas...

Bob Atcher and the Dinning Sisters - Christmas Island

Fat Daddy - Christmas Song
A song recorded in the late 50's by local radio DJ Paul "Fat Daddy" Johnson. It has been a local holiday favorite ever since and was only available on the super rare original 45 until a few years ago when it was finally put out as a CD single. A must hear holiday classic!

Goes a little like this...

I'm Fat Daddy (la la la la la)
I'm Santa Claus (wooah wo yeah)
I'm Fat Daddy
The Reindeer's boss
All the kids love me
simply because...
they know Fat Daddy
is really Santa Claus...

And so on and so forth.........


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2804
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2003-09-17 4:59 pm   Permalink

I too have about 300 Christmas lps and all of them are strange or swingin'. I produce a tape each year for friends and people I don't like.

While I doubt you'll be able to find my Japanese version of "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" or Topo Gigio singing "What Child Is This?" in Spanish, you may be able to find:

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas" by Maurice Chevalier

"Marshmallow World" by Dean Martin (he sounds wonderfully drunk).

Anything off the Ventures Christmas album - probably the best Christmas album of all time. "Sleigh Ride" is particulary good.

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - The Partridge Family

"Deck The Halls" by the Mexicali Brass
"What Child Is This?" by the Border Brass

"Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto" - James Brown.

"The Christmas Waltz" by Frank Sinatra (my favorite nostalgic Christmas song)

"Home For The Holidays" - Lorne Greene

"From All of Us to All of You" - Jiminy Cricket

"Up On The Housetop" - The Jackson Five

"Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus" - by Charo

"Winter Wonderland" - Alfred Apaka

"Christmas Island" - The Lennon Sisters

"What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin'" Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo" Billy May

"Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" Sonny Parker


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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2720
From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-09-18 07:52 am   Permalink

Can't find Fat Daddy on Amazon (to hear a clip) but it sounds funny!

Now the client has asked me to explore 'non christmas music' because they want to 'zig when they zag'. I love it when clients try to talk 'hip' !

My patience is being severely tried.

I thank you all for ooooodles of help. Hopefully you had fun in the process too!

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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2336
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-09-19 11:32 am   Permalink

Los Straitjackets just put out a Christmas album last year. It's all instrumental surf style music. It's pretty cool stuff.


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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2720
From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-09-19 7:23 pm   Permalink

We have a winner:
Blue Xmas by Leon Redbone. Not funny in itself, but funny when you see it with picture.

Thank you all for your help!

And now I have lots of great ideas to make a personal Christmas CD for myself!!!

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