It seems like every year, we are all well aware that Christmas is approaching but when it is down to the wire and with only a few weeks away, we get that feeling that it has managed to sneak up on us yet again! Every year without the fail I scream the immortal words “HOW LONG?!” in my best shocked tone when the Christmas festivities are mentioned. But there is always a point when there is no escaping the holidays and inside I do light up at the thought of them. For me, it is always the infamous Coca-Cola advert being played for the first time on TV with that ‘the holidays are coming’ tune as then it properly sinks in. For others it may be the first time they awake to see their local town has hung up all its festive decorations and lights or when their child brings home a handmade Christmas card. But one thing is for sure, Christmas songs are a British tradition and they seem to be getting radio airtime earlier and earlier each year.
If asked to name some famous Christmas songs I’m sure that most music reviews would mention Mariah Carey with ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ comes to mind along with Slade’s ‘Merry X Mas Everyone’. But to be honest, we hear these same songs, year in and year out and they get slightly predictable and boring. So to mix it up a little I thought I would delight you by bringing you in to the crazy world of weird Christmas tunes that hopefully you are yet to hear and maybe even give you a little giggle.
Dominic the Donkey – The Italian Christmas Donkey
As it has the word ‘donkey’ and the word ‘Christmas’ in the lyrics I am assuming that’s what it takes to pass for a Christmas tune these days! Although saying that it has been around since 1960. The song tells of an Italian donkey called Dominic who helps Santa Claus bring presents to children in Italy. You may think, hang on a minute…isn’t that what Santa has his reindeer for? More than that, why the hell is the donkey Italian and the guy singing in an Italian voice? To us, this song sounds crazy and not in keeping with our traditional Christmas tunes but the donkey is actually a true representation of Italian folklore and a well known symbol of Christmas in Italy.
Margarita Pracatan – Merry Christmas
I guess I may be the only one but I have only recently discovered Margarita Pracatan who is shall we say….different! With some more digging I have discovered that Margarita is a Cuban novelty singer who became famous when Clive James had her perform live on his TV show. Apparently though, he wanted her as a comedy act but made believe she would be a real success as a serious artist. I have since discovered her rendition of ‘I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus’ and well…it definitely has to be heard to be believed but I did warn you!
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Christmas at Ground Zero
This song by “Weird Al” Yankovic is a dark take on a Christmas carol! Although it has the traditional bells and saxophone sections it talks about ‘ground zero’ which was largely connected with nuclear explosions at the time the song was written. It’s because of this song that the media began to use the term ground zero when reporting on 911 incidents and in reference to the world trade centre attacks. So at first listen it may seem like a cheery Christmas anthem but listen again and the song refers to the atomic age where nuclear war is breaking out and humanity is about to end. Charming, not exactly Christmassy!
John Denver – Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
Just in case for one minute you accidentally get carried away and start to enjoy the holidays and get to feeling oh-so christmassy…this song will make you come straight back down again! As you can tell from the delightful title the song is not a bubbly, bells are ringing kinda Christmas tune! Hence, what makes this so weird and just depressing so it had to be on the list. The fact that he has a country accent just makes it all that bit worse too!
Christmas In The Stars – What Do You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb)
OK so this probably wouldn’t be mentioned in typical music news, perhaps a spin off movies geek review. Yes, what truly makes this song weird is that fact that it is a Christmas Star Wars song. Now tell me that didn’t sound natural like the words – Christmas, Star Wars and song – could EVER go together and seem normal! Basically, all the other characters from the film are sorted but no one can decide on what to get the Wookie high up in that galaxy far, far away! Basically, its strange but I can see why kids might like it.
Yogi Yorgessen – I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas
Yogi Yorgessen (real name Harry Stewart) was a comedian who realised some songs which I think says it all really. His songs were never meant to be taken seriously yet he sold over 1 million copies of classics such as this one and others such as ‘Yingle Bells’. Basically, this very strange tune qualifies as weird and should be taken in good humour!