Saturday , July 20 2024

Mark Mothersbaugh – Joyeux Mutato

My current favorite holiday record is Mark Mothersbaugh’s perversely beguiling Joyeux Mutato. It’s an electronic wonderland “for anyone who has ever been traumatized by the Christmas season and is intended to provide solace and shelter from the ensuing onslaught of over-heated holiday situations.”

Whatever pal, but the ex-Devo major domo, and current Rugrats and All Grown Up musical maestro has created a soundscape that begins with an energetic techno disassembly and reconstruction of “Jingle Bells” called “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle” that maniacally asserts the categorical to shake little bells.

The first tune is uncharacteristic of the rest of the CD, which is smooth-unto-ambience most of the way in a beeping, booping, squiggle on the offbeat Rugratian manner. “Blue Joy” is lovely and loping in casual one-horse-open-sleigh way, “Midnight Wind-up Toy” evokes just that magical autoanthropomorphism, and on and on. Along the way there are snatches of favorite themes from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” and others.

It’s profound and disturbing, if not profoundly disturbing. Included in the package are Mothersbaugh’s holiday tales “Nativity Kidnap Scene,” “Don Santa Grants Rudolph His Wish, and “Santa, the Sausage-Juggling Fool,” complete with devolved illustrations. It’s a beautiful holiday mess.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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