’Tis the Season: The ND Guide to Holiday Music that Doesn’t Suck

Springsteen wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town?" 


Sampled these songs as I scrolled down, when I got to the end, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but William Shatner!  Whoever included him at the end of the list, thanks for the chuckle.

Other than that, Jimmy Lester is a helluva a drummer boy. 


Chuckle? Hell, I nearly shatnered myself.

I thought you said Schnattere'd...that's the Papa John's guy...hehe...

Is Jimmy back with the band? He sure is a terrific drummer, we saw him many times with Webb Wilder.

I thought their current drummer was Chris Sprague.

Tommy, good catch, yep, Jimmy is still playing with Webb. Looks like the Straightjackets new Christmas record is a compilation, the author mentioned him playing on Jingle Bell Rock, am assuming he was...

Other great Christmas records are Over the Rhine's "Snow Angels", "Darkest Night of the Year" , and "Blood Oranges in the Snow" and Hall and Oates' classic R&B Xmas record, "Home For Christmas"...



Here's a hearty, "Second" to the Over The Rhine "Snow Angels" record...simply beautiful.

I’m pretty confused by all the Christmas releases this year, and this list only scratches the surface since it doesn’t cover all the other genres. Actual sales are minimal unless you’re Mannheim or Trans-Siberia and doing massive arena tours for the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years. Places like Walmart and Target who still sell physical discs would never carry any of these listed above, sticking to the classics and maybe a few new titles at best. So I don’t really get the point, based simply on recording, manufacturing and marketing costs. So I guess in two words here’s my two-word take: bah humbug. 

And I believe it was Clarence Clemons who wrote Santa Claise Is Comin’ To Town, not Bruce. 

(Actually, it was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours.)