Do you dread November 1? That awful, miserable, horrible day of the year when–for sure–the Christmas tunes come out. It’s the same stuff, over and over. New artist? Same old songs. Sure, every once in a while someone writes something new, but–hey look–it’s been 61 years since “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” made it out of the stable. And–can you believe it–23 years since “Christmas in Hollis”?
I do have favorite Christmas songs, sectarian and non-sectarian (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”), but I can wait until Christmas Eve to hear them. Perhaps it’s just the ADD speaking, but I need NEW music. Not just new songs, but new songs that don’t sound like old songs.
So, without having heard all of the new-for-2010 Christmas releases, I am ready to declare the Superion’s Destination…Christmas! the holiday album of (no, not just the year) the millenium. Fred Schneider (The B-52s) brings his unique writing and singing talents to a holiday collection for adults.
Joining Schneider are Noah Brodie (keyboards and electronic drums) and Dan Marshall (programming). The Superions are not a recycled B52s, although fans of the latter will be happy to know that the B52s sound continues in songs like “Santa’s Disco” and “Fruitcake.”
Some of the songs are rife with sexual inuendo (“Jingle Those Bells,” “Under the Tree,” “Santa Je T’aime”), and twisted lyrics (“Teddy and Betty Yeti” visit the North Pole and there may never be another Christmas; “Christmas Tears” is a litany of the really bad things about the holidays that us Scrooges use as an excuse to keep the holidays “small,” and “Chillin’ at Christmas” is a salute to the wrong destination for the holidays). This is one holiday album you do not want to bring out for the big Thanksgiving family dinner, unless your family is directly descended from the Marquis de Sade. Undoubtedly, there will be people whose kindest word for Destination…Christmas! will be sick.
Destination…Christmas is very nearly an anti-holiday album, with Christmas on hold while everyone parties at “Santa’s Disco” and the “Crummy Christmas Tree” ends up on the fire (not to mention those Yetis). It is the perfect antidote to one too many spins of “Rockin’ ‘Round the Christmas Tree.”
Bottom Line: Would I buy Destination…Christmas? Oh, yeah! Maybe even a few copies for friends and family who get a little kooky over Christmas. After all, who can resist music that will keep “the Yule-tide gay”?