2. Another Christmas Without You - The Epileptic Hillbillys
3. Santa Was A-Rockin' - The Elfish Presleys
4. Blotto In The Grotto - Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights
5. Santa's Here - Thee Elfmen
6. The Christmas Twist - Jack Rabbit Slim
7. Keep The Receipt (This Christmas) - The Bad Detectives
8. We're Off To See Santa - Sharna-Mae & The Mayhems
9. Santa Clause You Dirty Rat (Bring Back My Guitar) - Weazeldust
10. Hey Hey It's Christmas - The Go Go Cult
11. Just Another Day To Me - Lew Lewis & The Twilight Trio
12. Cruel Yule - Thee Elfmen
13. Blue Mistletoe - Mary Kissmas & The Mistletoe
14. Cadillac Under My Christmas Tree - The Bad Detectives PURCHASE CD FROM WESTERN STAR
15. Santa's Lost On The Underground - Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights DIGITAL FROM AMAZON
16. Christmas On Mars - Thee Elfmen
17. Will Santa Come Down The Chimney - The Elfish Presleys
18. Creepy Christmas Party - Las Pistolas
19. Christmas On The Plastic - The Bad Detectives
20. Egg Nog Twist - Thee Elfmen
21. Blotto In The Grotto (Radio Edit) - Little Timmy Tinsel & The Fairy Lights
22. Santa's Here (Giggsy version) - Thee Elfmen
A few of these songs wore out their welcome with me quickly (I don't always get British humor), but just a few. For the most part, "The Western Star Rockabilly Christmas Party" had me boppin' for the last week or so. My quickie favorites included "Christmas Twist" from Jack Rabbit Slim, "Blue Mistletoe" by Mary Kissmas, "Keep The Receipt" by The Bad Detectives, "Eggnog Twist" by Thee Elfman (which sounds Surf), "We're Off To See Santa" by Sharna Mae and the Mayhems (which has a deliberate Johnny Cash and June Carter "Jackson" feel to it), and....well, you know, I could carry on all day. There are a couple of Christmas/Halloween tunes, here (which I know some collect) including Las Pistolas' cover of Screaming Lord Such's "Creepy Christmas Party" and "Hey Hey It's Christmas" by the Go Go Cult.
The (Import) CD was released September 19 in the UK. You can get it from Western Star, who are nice enough to provide pricing in US dollars. The CD is cheap, the shipping not so much, but it all works out to about the standard cost of a new CD (maybe even a tad cheaper, depending on the CDs you're buying). Amazon don't got the CD (even as an import), but they have the digital version. That, too, is relatively cheap for 22 tracks. Good stuff. Get you some.
The Holy Rocka Rollaz are a Minneapolis Roots Rock group (by the way...there's been some great music coming out of Minnesota in recent years) and, back in 2014, we had them on our list of coming releases but we never got them into the chronological listings because, well, I get too busy to double back. The album "Have A Merry Christmas With The Holy Rocka Rollaz" was, indeed, released--on December 5, 2014. Hard copy sold out. Twice! (But you can still grab the digital)
"Christmas In My Heart" was the 2015 single from the album. Everything about it is perfect. The drumming of Matt Alexander? Perfect! The vocals from stand up bassist Lisa Lynn? Perfect! Even the Cheesy Organ (I swear, that's what its called) played with one finger by guitarist and front man Mark Flora is absolutely gosh darn perfect! I mean...it's perfect. And, ironically, that could be its greatest flaw. Say what, now, Stubby? See, a true standard of the season has to sound great no matter who is doing it in whatever style they do it. And I can absolutely hear this song being covered by a great many artists in a great many genres. Heck, Frankie Valli just finished his first solo Christmas album and, already, I can tell that album is going to disappoint me because "Christmas In My Heart" isn't on it. So, yes, I can hear this song being covered often. I just can't imagine anybody ever doing it as well.......
Ah, I'm just funnin' you. That even makes it more of a standard. Who does "Sleigh Ride" better than Leroy Anderson? Anybody top Bing on "White Christmas" yet? And you can sing "Merry Christmas Darling" from now to the end of time--and people will--but that's always going to be Karen's song. No, there's no flaw here. It's the perfect version of a perfect song. And it'll take a while (it always does), but I fully expect "Christmas In My Heart" to become a fixture of the season. I do. Already is--in my house. This song has legs. And I bet the Holy Rocka Rollaz know how to use 'em.
And you know what Mark Flora would like for Christmas? A Rankin-Bass animation to go along with their great Christmas songs. So, Santa, I know you know some talented animators (Santa knows everybody). Hook a brother up, will ya? He's been very very good.
The whole "Have A Merry Christmas" album is stellar, by the way, with the original tunes shining the brightest. You can hear the spirit of Buddy Holly on here. At least that's who I was thinking of on several of the tunes. A lot of people don't know that Buddy was planning a Christmas record. He was going to get started on it after the Winter Dance Party tour. It might have come out in '59 (though, Buddy being a bit of a perfectionist, 1960 seems more likely). True story. So it was nice to hear that pure influence on the album. But "Christmas In My Heart"? That's all the genius of the Holy Rocka Rollaz. And I, for one, can't thank them enough.