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A John Waters Christmas


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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • ASIN: B00065GHWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fat Daddy - Fat Daddy
2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Tiny Tim
3. Christmas Time Is Coming (A Street Carol) - Stormy Weather
4. Happy Birthday Jesus - Little Cindy
5. Here Comes Fatty Claus - Rudolph & Gang
6. Little Mary Christmas - Roger Christian
7. I Wish You A Merry Christmas - Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva
8. Santa Don't Pass Me By - Jimmy Donley
9. Sleigh Ride - Alvin & The Chipmunks
10. Sleigh Bells, Reindeer And Snow
11. First Snowfall - The Coctails
12. Santa Claus Is A Black man - AKIM & The Teddy Vann Production Company

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Product Description

2004 holiday album from the world renowned director and arbiter of bad taste.

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Baltimore’s greatest filmmaker has demonstrated a deep appreciation for that very American crossroads of kitsch and sensationalism since the late ‘60s, at least. Of course, quirky Christmas anthologies abound already – the three best probably being Christmas Party With Eddie G, American Song-Poem Christmas, and Where Will You Be Christmas Day. But the songs on A John Waters Xmas are novelty songs for the true connoisseur, including recordings so saccharine and horrifying you wonder how the engineers did not run from the booth screaming; "Happy Birthday Jesus" by the precocious Little Cindy is likely the scariest thing you will ever hear in your life. Not everything is so "Outsider"-y and thrift store score; there’s the rocking, funny "Fat Daddy" by Fat Daddy, a delightful song by the Coctails with the singing saw as the lead instrument, and a gorgeous obscure doo-wop number called "Christmas Time Is Coming (A Street Carol)" by Stormy Weather. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

Buy a copy for yourself.
Paul Silas
A very eclectic and also very enjoyable mixture of Christmas songs!
M. Stabenow
I just love it, i've been playing it all week.
Robert Lett

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album, while not meant for easy listening or general Christmas cheer, is a true gem amongst the zillions of schmaltzy holiday albums foisted upon us every year.

It ranges from saracstic pop (I Wish You A Merry Christmas), to diabetes-inducing child showcases (Happy Birthday Jesus; Sleigh Bells, Reindeer And Snow), to bah-humbug sentiments (Here Comes Fatty Claus), to simply jaw-dropping urban black power sentiments (Santa Claus Is A Black Man), to spine-tingling theremin tunes (First Snowfall).

But I promise you, you'll love every minute, and count your holiday blessings that John Waters took the time to put together this eclectic and genius compilation.

Note: NOT work-safe, for sure. Happy Holidays!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I know it: it's politically incorrect, rude and silly--but you know what? This CD is AWESOME! As a baby boomer I love the 60s beat of the first track, "Fat Daddy." Great parody of Santa! I had to laugh! GRIN Actually, a lot of this CD has a 60s feel to it. Also funny and very entertaining is the next song "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" sung here by Tiny Tim! And WHO could ever forget the ultimate rendition of "Sleigh Ride" as only Alvin and The Chipmunks could belt out?

This CD is something like what would happen if MadTV or In Living Color from the 90s ever produced a Christmas album! It's funny, well written and it moves at just the right pace. As other reviewers have noted, I am pretty sure that some of these songs would be pretty hard to find elsewhere. That being said--go on out and get this CD for a Christmas time this year embellished with a John Waters twist! Even if it weren't Christmas time it would STILL be a fun CD to have in any collection. GRIN
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lett on November 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one cool spin, it's like the anti-christmas cd really. I just love it, i've been playing it all week. Perfect antidote to the usual syrupy christmas releases. We should all be in John Waters debt for digging these up, let's all send him a turd or something!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By musichead on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is full of impossible to find gems - for the real collector freak! You cannot miss, Brilliant , brilliant idea!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Silas on November 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the feel good CD of this year's holiday season. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a fellow eccentric from Baltimore! John Waters' musical selections will make you laugh, cry and cringe - sometimes all at once! Everyone in the office is already singing "Here Comes Fatty Claus", "Little Mary Christmas" is resplendent in its awfulness and "Fat Daddy" could only come from...well... Fat Daddy. Buy a copy for yourself. Then buy one for someone you like. Heck, buy it for someone you don't like. Just buy it, already. And Mr. Waters...have a merry, rotten, scary, sexy, biracial, ludicrous, happy little Christmas yourself! Will you be decorating the electric chair this year?????
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slasher04 on November 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, I have to disagree with the review who said this album is not work safe. With the exception of Here Comes Fatty Clause, this is a fine album to listen to at work. In fact, I did so today and my co-workers thought it was hilarious! And mind you, this is in an office.

John Waters could never, EVER, disappoint with a Christmas album. Look at the devotion he gave to the holiday in the opening of Female Trouble. Regretably, the quirky song "have a merry, merry, merry, merry christmas" featured in the film was omitted on this collection. However, do not fear. This album should not disappoint any John Waters fan. It showcases his bizarre sense of humor (Tiny Tim, The Chipmunks, Little Cindy), his offensive behavior (Here Comes Fatty Clause) his love of soul music (Fat Daddy, Lil Eva) and his penchant for finding off beat rare singles (Sleighbells, Reindeer and Snow.) The closing track, Santa Clause is a Black Man, is the best holiday song you have NEVER heard! It is a suprisingly non-offensive, adorable novelty song about a young black girl who is astounded to see Santa Clause one night and coincidentally he looks a lot like her daddy ;)

The cd will not go over well at Christmas Eve with the family but for any Christmas bash, this is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Only John Waters could collect such a strange and horrific collection of Christmas songs. This is more than a novelty. These are very rare recordings from the early sixties Baltimore area. There are some pleasant numbers, such as, "First Snowfall" which includes a singing saw (!) and "Christmas Time Is Coming (A Street Carol)". However, Waters would be cheating his fans without songs like, "Santa Claus Is A Black Man" sung by a young girl whose voice is as annoying as any spoiled brat who craves attention. "Happy Birthday Jesus" by Little Cindy is by far the scariest piece of Christmas crap ever made. It's a horrific oratory from a female toddler that will only remind you of the little girl from "The Bad Seed!" If all else fails, `Alvin & The Chipmunks' are here to remind you of a period you only thought was fun. The album cover is worth the price alone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pinkerton Snoopington on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
John Waters, the legendary 'prince of puke' director of "Pink Flamingos" and "Hairspray" has compiled a perfectly enjoyable collection of strange Christmas music. Among the tracks are Tiny Tim singing "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," Alvin and the Chipmunks' "Sleigh Ride," the hilariously profane "Here Comes Fatty Claus," and a strange Kwanza Carol "Santa Claus is a Black Man." While repeated listening might get tiresome (there are only so many times I can stand to hear "I Wish You A Merry Christmas"), the CD is a funny and interesting collection of Chistmas music that is not too often played on the radio. Liner notes by Waters are also included.
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