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Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Novelty Christmas CD Of All TimeThe novelty record has had a long love affair with Christmas (or vice versa). Many of the best-selling Christmas records have, in fact, been novelties ("All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," "The Chipmunk Song," "Nuttin' For Christmas," etc.), and most great Christmas rockers have an element of the ridiculous in them - intended or not. On Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time (1989), the high priest of hilarity exposes the best of this rarified genre, and the results can be hilarious (comedic tracks from Cheech & Chong and Doug & Bob McKenzie), crazy (Spike Jones) or just plain weird (Gayla Peevey's "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"). While a few cuts rate a little higher on the I.Q. scale than most - Tom Lehrer's sadistic "A Christmas Carol" and no less than three Stan Freberg tracks (including the acerbic "Green Christmas") - the fun peaks only when the brain goes on holiday.

It can be argued that we don't really need to hear some of these songs ever again. As popular as they are, the selections by Elmo & Patsy and Weird Al Yankovic (not to mention the good Doctor's self-serving duet with Wild Man Fisher) are truly annoying. Others (Singing Dogs, Chipmunks) are similarly tainted but have achieved a certain timelessness. Personally, I'd much rather hear some of the notable omissions - Buchanan & Goodman's wacky "Santa & The Satellite" (available on the vinyl precursor to this CD) springs to mind . Like all entertainers, though, the Demented One must play to the cheap seats, so let's all howl along for one more chorus of "Jingle Bells" and shed a tear for the old lady with hoof prints on her ass. The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time lives up to its billing, and any Christmas collection will be incomplete without it. [top of page]

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SongsSongs

  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (Spike Jones, 1948)
  • The Chipmunk Song (The Chipmunks, 1958)
  • A Christmas Carol (Tom Lehrer, 1954)
  • Christmas Dragnet (Stan Freberg, 1953)
  • Green Christmas (Stan Freberg, 1958)
  • I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Gayla Peevey, 1953)
  • I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas (Yogi Yorgesson, 1949)
  • Jingle Bells (Singing Dogs, 1956)
  • Nuttin' For Christmas (Stan Freberg, 1955)
  • Santa Claus And His Old Lady (Cheech & Chong, 1971)
  • The Twelve Days Of Christmas (Bob & Doug McKenzie, 1981)
  • The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas (Allan Sherman, 1963)

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