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A Totally Weird Christmas

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

You know, the holidays can be a hard time for me. It seems like I get treated unfairly. It's bad enough that Burl Ives doesn't want me to join in any reindeer games - which is ironic because I am neither a reindeer, nor athletically-inclined.


Then you have Weird Al Yankovic, who wants to grind me up into reindeer sausage! Is he a member of the Elite Hunting Club?


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I hold no ill-will towards Mr. Yankovic. In fact, he's the subject of this post. He's written and performed two original holiday songs. Off his 1986 album Polka Party! is "Christmas at Ground Zero", which is not about a Frank Cross-produced holiday special emanating from the former World Trade Center site. Catch it live, Christmas Eve, on IBC! It's actually a cheery Ronnettes-style Christmas song about surviving a nuclear bomb attack.


Ten years later, on his Bad Hair Day album, he gets even darker with "The Night Santa Went Crazy". The title, pretty much, sums up what the song is about. Although an original, the darkly humorous Christmas song is performed as a style parody of "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum, with melodic references to "Mama I'm Comin' Home" by Ozzy Osbourne and "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake. (Greg Lake link found by Matthew Jordan)

An "extra gory" version of the song was included as the third track on the "Amish Paradise" single, but is now also included on The Essential Weird Al Yankovic compilation album. In this version, none of the reindeer survive, Santa is killed by a member of the SWAT team, and the elves file for unemployment benefits. Lyrics for both versions can be found on page 2 of this post.


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(panel from Slimer! comic issue #11)



For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

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A Styling Jew On Christmas

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags: holiday_songs
Unusual Holiday Songs

The month of December can be a downright depressing time of the year if you don't worship the fat guy in the red suit. Go to any store, and you'll likely see candy canes, wreaths, Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, stockings, and red and green 'til your eyes bleed. Looking for some blue and white? Maybe, if you're *really* lucky, you'll find a small display of Hanukkah merch shoved in the back, or hiding in a corner somewhere - and that's if the store even bothers to carry stuff for their Jewish customers.

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Little Kyle Broflofski of South Park, Colorado knows all too well what it's like to be a Jew on Christmas. His frustration grew so intense that he just had to put his feelings to music. Below is little Kyle's homemade recording, with a transcription of his lyrics on page two of this post. I hope the lyrics are correct. It was hard to decipher some of Kyle's crayon-written notes. I should tell you that little Kyle has quite a little potty-mouth on him. He drops the F-Bomb quite a bit, so a "Parental Advisory - Explicit Content" warning is warranted.


This song actually comes from the television series "South Park", and appears on the album Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics. For more South Park holiday fun, check out the episodes "Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo" (1997) and "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" (1999), both of which appear on the Christmas Time In South Park DVD ("Classics" is also on the long out-of-print Christmas in South Park DVD). Considering that they are hosted by a talking piece of fecal matter, it almost goes without saying that they are not suitable for kids.

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(panel from Slimer! comic issue #11)



For the complete list of Spook Central's holiday song posts from years past, click here. Thanks to Matthew Jordan for making the "Unusual Holiday Songs" title banner that appears at the top of this post.

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