Jingle Bell Rocks! in the news

In an interview with culture writer Steve Burgess of thetyee.ca, I tell the story of how John Waters got involved in our film.

Steve gets it. He writes: “Many factors can make a Christmas hater — choking on Lego, early exposure to the Star Wars Christmas Special, Fox News. But for some it’s the music. Like the third-rate candy that briefly goes mainstream to fill Halloween demand, the likes of Burl Ives and Andy Williams re-emerge to set up camp in your ear canal come the holiday season. Even John and Yoko get tiresome after awhile.”

Read the story here.

Jingle Bell Rocks crew in Chicago

We’re in Chicago today interviewing and shooting with Andy Cirzan, Christmas music collector extraordinaire (and VP of Jam Productions), as he guests on WBEZ Radio’s annual Sound Opinions Christmas Spectacular.

Listen right now, or download the podcast from the Sound Opinions site. Holiday blues and soul are the specialty of this year’s show.

Jingle Bell Rocks! Top Ten in the news

I had a fantastic conversation with Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) who interviewed me about my documentary and Christmas music generally. Given my love of SOOO MANY Christmas pop songs, it was virtually impossible to limit myself to my top ten, but I gave it my best effort. The comments section of then GLOBE ARTICLE ONLINE will provide you with a sense of the tunes I apparently missed ; )

But there were two songs that I truly regret didn’t make the cut. 

One is by a legendary Baltimore Disc Jockey named Paul “FAT DADDY” Johnson. He recorded an incredible Xmas tune called “Fat Daddy Claus” which I own a copy of on 45 rpm (it as released as a limited ediotion / promo to radio stations in the early 70s). You can also HEAR IT on youtube.

The SECOND tune was a stretch but it’s a guilty pleasure: Robert Goulet released TWO Christmas albums during his illustrious career, and he covered the standard chestnuts we all know and love… But, a couple of WEIRD ones slipped by, including my fave: Hurry Home for Christmas which I just marvel at every time I hear it.

Christmas Jollies

Some fab news by way of The Big Apple: Hot on the heels of the publication of his hugely successful epic tome on the history of Def Jam Records label, our esteemed Christmas music collector, Mr. Bill Adler, has upped the ante yet again this year with an extra special edition of “Christmas Jollies”. The 2011 compilation is being hosted by the good folks over at Complex Magazine! Replete with amazing visuals and astute commentary, its an absolute MUST SEE & HEAR this Christmas season:

In his missive on the opportunity to collaborate with Complex Magazine, Bill had this to say:

“The good people at Complex magazine are now streaming all of “Xmas Jollies 2011” — my annual CD compilation of holiday tunes — on their website. I’d be over the moon in any case, but they’ve enhanced my presentation by giving every song its own page, featuring a wonderful photo of the performer and “liner notes” by yours truly. A thousand thanks to Complex’s Rob Kenner and his crew. As far as I’m concerned, Christmas came today.”

Clarence Clemons Christmas Treasures discovered!

Some incredible news…We lost The Big Man in June of this year…But waaay back before then, during his peak early 80s (1981 to be exact) Clarence recorded TWO Christmas tunes which have not seen the light of day until this week.

Two Christmas songs that he recorded back in 1981 have been located and released through iTunes, Amazon and other download sites by Oceangate Records.
The release includes Clemons’ take on There’s Still Christmas, written by Dennis Bourke and the late Stevie Betts, along with the classic Christmas Song (Chestnuts).
You can grab these two nuggets courtesy of Oceangate Records via Amazon or iTunes and a few other select music sites !!!
Read more here.