2. I Love to Go to Grandma's ["Dirty Water"]
3. Come On People (Have a Merry Christmas) ["Get Together"]
4. Here Comes Rudolph ["19th Nervous Breakdown"]
5. Incense and Chia Pets ["Incense and Peppermints"]
6. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (feat. Sierra Hull)
7. Santa, Santa ["Louie, Louie"]
8. Mom Won't Let Me ["Time Won't Let Me"]
9. Santa With a Red Suit ["Devil With a Blue Dress"]
10. Merry Christmas ["Wolly Bully"]
11. My Green Christmas Tree ["Green Tambourine"]
12. Hey Dude (Get Off of My Roof!) ["Get Off of My Cloud"]
13. Sleigh Full of Toys ["Heart Full of Soul"]
It must have tickled somebody because, this year, The 60's Invasion has an entire album of the stuff, "Incense And Chia Pets". On total execution, I can't really give them any better than a B-minus; they just sound like a cover band and, what with Bob Rivers and half the DJs in America pumping out professional sounding song parodies 24/7, you really have to bring your "A" game's "A" game anymore. But, for song selection, these guys merit a.....is there anything higher than an A++? OK, so "Get Off My Roof" to the tune of "Get Off My Cloud" has been done before. And maybe the title track done to the sounds of "Incense And Peppermints" sounds better in theory than in practice. But the band gets 70 bonus points each for "Come On People (Have A Merry Christmas)" to the tune of "Get Together" and "Mom Won' Let Me"to the tune of the Outsiders' "Time Won't Let Me". The clear winner of a double bonus progressive jackpot has got to be "Sleigh Full Of Toys" to the Yardbirds' classic "Heart Full Of Soul". And "I Love To Go To Grandma's" (to"Dirty Water") is a hoot and a half.
I tend not to be a big parody guy. My theory is that goofy gets old in a hurry. But that doesn't mean I don't use 'em. Think of Christmas song parodies like nutmeg--you don't want to use too much, but you do want to use just a pinch. So, when your mixtape is calling for a dash of nutmeg this year, here's a handy place to find it. "Incense And Chia Pets" is available at CD Baby and direct from the band.