A John Waters Christmas Explicit Lyrics
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2004 holiday album from the world renowned director and arbiter of bad taste.
Baltimores 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; theres 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 McGonigalSee all Editorial Reviews
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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!
Waters' collection goes beyond the old tunes that we all know so well. However, he adds a few familiar favorites with a little spin and dementedness - Tiny Tim's version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and The Chipmunks' "Sleigh Ride." Speaking of demented, the songs on the CD bear similar reminders to late night listeners of the Dr. Demento Show or the hall of fame of Christmas tackiness, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." With that in mind, there are a few gems in the collection, such as the country western feel of "Christmas Time Is Coming (A Street Carol)" by Stormy Weather and the Motown-ish sounding "I Wish You a Merry Christmas" by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva of "The Locomotion" fame, which will get you in the Christmas groove. Where will you hear the touching "Little Mary Christmas" by Roger Christian? With all its 1950s or early 1960s storytelling about the ill fated, this is the poignant tale of Mary the orphan who wishes for a family for Christmas; the Nashville-like tones are a delight to hear. By far, the highlight of the CD is the opening track, "Fat Daddy" by Fat Daddy himself who tells us who the real Santa Claus is, and the doll-like vocals of Little Cindy and her "Happy Birthday Jesus (A Child's Prayer)".
The only unfortunate aspect of the CD is the lack of extended liner notes that make reference to the release date of each song. However, Waters' own notes are quite hilarious to read. A JOHN WATERS' CHRISTMAS is as Christmassy as one can get. If you're looking for a little laugh from all the shopping and the Merry Christmas debates, Waters' CD provides an alternative to the different versions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" or "Jingle Bells". So, get the Yule log burning, put your dancing shoes on, indulge in a little eggnog, and enjoy.
This is fore just for one song "Here Comes Fatty Claus" which featured a fairly prominent use of the "sh*t" word.
I have a fairly young child and burnt a copy of the CD without that song. She loves it!
As for the CD... it's pretty good. Waters has managed to collect the best of campy Christmas songs, something unique as far as I'm aware.
But it's not just a novelty CD... the songs are good. This isn't intentional camp... it is sincere stuff with MAYBE the exception of the Tiny Time song. (One of my daughter's favorite, because it's well done.)