SANTASTIC FOUR: ABOUT THE TRACKS
I remember, as a kid, that each Thanksgiving night, as we finished dinner, we would excitedly begin to talk about Christmas and our Christmas plans. With the completion of dessert, the season had officially begun. We'd get the go-ahead from my Dad, and one of us would rush to the 8-track player (seriously) and pop in one of the massive tapes in the Time Life Christmas Collection series.
I loved those tunes, and that time of year. With no liner notes and the most generic stock photos for cover illustrations, I remember wondering about the origins of the songs and the artists, the lyrics, the feelings. In the final analysis, everything melded in the soft colorful glow of our real live (dying) tree, into a lovely, merry, sacred vibe. I hope these tunes bring some of that emotion to you, along with a new jolt of freshness, humor and groovyness.
Thanks once again to all the talented remixers and mashup artists who brought their very best to the table again this year. These wise men have come from far and wide with their gifts- The US, The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, and even the glittery nation of Hollywood. Tiny Tim would be astounded at the abundance of love, joy, and tender tunage they've laid out for us. Enjoy the feast, and please share with your family and friends. All the best to all of you. Merry Christmas!!
-Bob / dj BC
Smash-Up Derby (San Francisco, USA)
Cover/parody version of "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones, mashed up with "Deck The Halls," "Silent Night," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
As the house band of Bootie SF, the world's biggest mashup bootleg club, Smash-Up Derby has been wowing audiences with their live rock mashups since 2004. This song has been a part of Smash-Up Derby's Christmas repertoire since December 2006, when they first played it at the Bootie Holiday Party in San Francisco. They finally got around to recording it this year, and are psyched for its inclusion on this year's Santastic compilation!
Christmas In The City
Martinn (Sas van Gent, The Netherlands)
Brenda Lee - Silver Bells
Brenda Lee - Papa Noel
Bert Kaempfert - Toy Parade
Petula Clark - Downtown
Throughout his carreer, Bert Kaempfert made many fine, catchy tunes you just can't stand still to. In his album "Christmas Wonderland" (1963) I found a great source for a nice vintage tune. The track "Toy Parade" turned out to go well with Brenda Lee's "Papa Noel" (1958) and places Petula Clark's "Downtown" (1964) in a different setting.
You Should Be A Freaky Christmas, Baby
ATOM (NYC, USA)
Dedicated to Michelle...
Whoville (Won't Get Yuled Again)
mojochronic (Berkeley, USA)
If only The Who could have collaborated on the original Dr. Seuss Christmas special. Les Paul guitars under the Christmas tree used to smash up everything. Keith Moon driving a snow mobile into the local Holiday Inn swimming pool. Cindy Lou Who wary of her Uncle Ernie. Townshend wallowing in the zeitgeist of Christmas. ....Delightful.
Xmasploitation (Santa's Baddass Revenge)
Mojochronic (Berkeley, USA)
High Tides And Blocked Peace Pipes
Go Home Productions (Watford, UK)
Yeah, I'm a sucker for the Christmas 'single'.
The Nightclub Before Christmas
dj BC (Boston, USA)
Art Carney (of Honeymooners fame) recorded this swingin' novelty Christmas record in 1954. 54 years later, I've pumped it up with some housey drums, a growling synth bassline and some ethereal electronic snowfall. Slap on some heavy delay and a few seasonal samples courtesy of "Itís A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story," and youíve got a three minute pulse-pounding reindeer ride. Hold on tight!
I hope you enjoy it, and have a very happy holiday season!
Chemical Drummer Boy
Cheekyboy (Southend-on-Sea, England)
I've always wanted to hear little drummer boy in a nightclub, but there were no remixes. This is my attempt to make the dream happen!
Pumping Up Christmas
DJ Schmolli (Vienna, Austria)
M.A.R.R.S - Pump Up The Volume
I love "8 Days Of Christmas" by Destiny's Child and I knew that I wanted to use their vocals. "Pump Up The Volume" as backing track hasn't been my first choice, but since all the other ideas I had in mind failed, I took the challenge on. In fact the result turned out way more pleasing than my first demos, and to add some special Schmolli craziness I also used the Shakin' Stevens classic "Merry Christmas Everyone" during the drum break.
A Message To You, Santa Claus
FAROFF (Brasilia, Brazil / Cambridge, USA)
O Chanukah Dubstep-Bassline Remix
DJ Flack (Boston, USA)
I am not religious but once again I have to represent for the Jews this year. I have always loved the minor key melodies of Jewish music which can be part of even the most celebratory songs such as this one. I really enjoyed mixing this traditional tune with the newer Dubstep and Bassline styles of electronic music that I have been obsessed with lately.
DJNoNo (London, UK)
All good girls and boys know that Santa can bring them Nightmares before Christmas if they're evil; so for all those naughty girls and boys this is where Mariah Scarey goes drum and bass and sings "All I want for Christmas is Dillinja", while Unknown Error lurks in the shadows. Who knew?
Little Saint Grinch
Mr Fab and His Bag O' Toys (Hollywood, USA)
Mr Fab & His Bag O' Toys are the North Pole-based division of those Mad-Dogs of Mashups, RIAA, who have been endorsed by Beck and are famed for such on-line collections as "Dirt Bacharach" which made some Top Ten lists in 2006. Head Elf Mr Fab is an occasional dj at Los Angeles' legendary all-illegal-music hotspot BootieLA and is the sicko behind the the infamous mp3 blog "Music For Maniacs."
Polex Swing (Ace Of Clubs Remix)
Ace of Clubs (Virginia Beach, USA)
"The Polar Express" has become a personal favorite, and an annual tradition. This year a special 3-D edition was released on DVD and BluRay, so I thought it would be a great time to create a remix single to go with it. The original idea was Tom Hanks' "Hot Chocolate" (which is a real swingeroo in it's own rite) mashed up with a Tech-House mix of the swing dance classic "Sing Sing Sing." Watching the film again, I noticed that Steven Tyler's "Rockin on Top of the World" seemed to fit the vibe perfectly, so that was added in. While it turns out that I would NOT recommend purchasing the 3-D edition of the movie, I can gladly recommend the single it inspired.
Sugar Plum Fairy Coda (Recoda)
dj BC (Boston, USA)
A remix of the classic holiday favorite, with an ethereal and groovy twist.
It's The Little Things
Voicedude (Anaheim, USA)
Divide and Kreate (Stockholm, Sweden)
Solcofn (Washington DC, USA)
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