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Rivers,Bob & Twisted Radio ~ I Am Santa Claus
Looking for irreverence in your holiday nut mix? Bob Rivers does such a great job of social, political, and seasonal satire under the guise of many a familiar holiday tune that he's lucky he hasn't been run over by a reindeer. Rivers apes all the department-store Santas (sung to the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus") with "There's Another Santa Claus," lambastes "Teddy Kennedy the Red-Nosed Senator," and sends up Marlon Brando's Godfather in the inspired "A Letter to Santa," which warns of Santa's movement into mob territory. There are a few clunkers among the moving and snoozing targets, but Rivers nearly always elicits a chuckle. The biggest yuks, though, come on the title track as he reaches back to Black Sabbath's "I Am Ironman" classic to turn dear old Santa into a heavy-metal monster. Call it "Headnog"--and get it for the unholy rollers on your list. --Martin Keller
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HOWEVER: every once in a while, Rivers & his crew drove one out of the park. If you get two or three per album, I'd call it a bargain to buy the whole package.
Here, it's the title cut. Not a close reading of Black Sabbath, but what you'd expect from a good cover band. The lyrical changes are funny more than once, & the music is well-performed. Too bad it's a "Christmas season" tune!
But the absolute winner -- arguably the BEST EVER Bob Rivers musical track (he's done a lot & I haven't heard them all) -- is "Jingle Hells Bells," which sounds dead-on like 1976 AC/DC, influenced by "T.N.T." & more. It'll stick in your head, & holds up well to repeated listening.
If you're on the fence, buy it for that one track. Anything else that amuses you is all profit.
This CD is a lifesaver for the winter holidays. I may have to buy another one, just in case I ruin my original one from overuse.
Happy holidays, you warped and wonderful people who love this CD!