Christmas is the drag queen of holidays- it’s drunk on eggnog, it’s overly decorated with loud colors and glitter and it takes itself way too seriously. So when Christmas goes off the rails, it’s hilarious.
Today, we wrap up the year with our annual holiday special: “Incredibly Strange Christmas Music, Vol. 10”- weird but wonderful holiday songs we think deserve a second listen.
Hop aboard the polar express as we take you to a world of holiday music where things didn’t go quite as expected.
➤ Celebrity Supergroups with the best of intentions that may have done more harm than good.
➤ The last duet recorded by Bing Crosby a month before he died with temperamental David Bowie.
➤ Musicians from Pee Wee’s Christmas special: the Del Rubio Triplets, Charo and Grace Jones.
If you want to listen to just the songs without commentary, check out our YouTube playlist below:
BROADWAY GOES NUTS
Turkey Lurkey Time – Burt Bacharach – Promises, Promises Original Broadway Recording (1967)
CHRISTMAS OFF THE RAILS
Isolated vocals of Mariah Carey singing All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey – Live from Rockefeller Center – (2004)
RANKIN & BASS WEIRD SONGS
Jingle Jingle Jingle – Stan Francis – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Original Soundtrack (1964)
Heat Miser Song – Dick Shawn as the Snow Miser, George S. Irving as the Heat Miser – The Year Without a Santa Claus, Original Soundtrack (1974)
PEE WEE’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Charo & The Salsoul Orchestra – Feliz Navidad (Single) (also played on the Pee Wee special)
Del Rubio Triplets – Winter Wonderland – Pee Wee’s Christmas Special (1988)
WEIRD BUT WONDERFUL
The Little Stinkers – I farted on Santa’s Lap (1999)
Aretha Franklin – Twas the Night Before Christmas (2008)
CHARITY/CELEBRITY SUPERGROUPS GONE WILD
David Bowie and Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (1977)
Band Aid – Do they Know it’s Christmastime at All? (1984)
Pointer Sisters – Santa Claus is Coming to Town – A Very Special Christmas (198x?)
CHRISTMAS ON CRACK
Barbra Streisand – Jingle Bells? – A Christmas Album (1967)