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A Totally Weird Christmas

 By Paul Rudoff on Dec. 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Miscellaneous , Tags:
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.

"They never let Paul Rudoff join in any reindeer games"

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

"And he ground-up Paul Rudoff into reindeer sausage"


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.

Weird Al Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero

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.

Weird Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (Regular Version)

Weird Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version)

(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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