17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2005
As befits anything given the nod of approval by legendary Pope of Trash John Waters, and as anyone who owns some of his movie soundtracks will expect, this collection is suitably bizarre, bewildering and at times outrageous - and therefore the perfect antidote to traditional Xmas collections (begone, Slade and Wizzard!)
All the tracks have a certain mad charm, from inspired covers of classics such as Tiny Tim's Antony-and-the-Johnsons-esque Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Alvin and the Chipmunks' annoying Sleigh Ride, to bizarre original ditties such as the Santa-abusing Xmas-hating Here Comes Fatty Claus and the funky I Wish You a Merry Christmas (from the original artist behind the Locomotion, no less!). Two favourites stood out for me - the very very scary Happy Birthday Jesus by Little Cindy, who is clearly from a VERY Southern US family who go to church religiously and believe the Bible is the absolute truth, and the fantastically groovy and oh so 70s Santa Claus is a Black Man.
If you like your Christmases a bit different and don't mind straying from tradition, or if you're a John Waters fan, grab this while you can - it's definitely one you'll play again and again and again!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Junior 1 and Junior 2 love Xmas the tree, the presents, the food and the obligatory John Waters album. One of the tracks is the anti consumer rant of Fatty Claus and it has a rude word, but it always raises a chuckle amongst the kids. It has been played so often it is incorporated into the Wonderland festivities, as much as Away in the Manger, Hark the Heralds, Wizard, Slade and John Lennon bangs away on Radio Schluck.
This will brighten up your day and place a beamer on your face,a better wedge of beans spent on yourself than a bottle of Chardonay, as this treacle sugared kitsch becomes transformed into finely tuned hilarity through the John Waters sieved and honed final track assembly.
Don't let next Xmas pass by without playing it loud and singing along Karaoke style to all these favorite clips from the past. It sits next to James T Kirk's rendition of 60's classics in the homespun filing system.