A John Waters Christmas

Artists: Various
Silva Screen
RRP: £7.99
SILCD 1190
Available 10 October 2005

"Just when you think you can't stand to hear another Christmas carol, here I come with a holiday treat that will make you actually appreciate the insanity of the Yuletide season. Wrap this CD as a gift to yourself, pretend you forgot what it is and act surprised when you open it. Close your eyes and imagine you're with me at my house Christmas morning listening to favourite carols" - John Waters...

A John Waters Christmas is exactly what you'd expect the Waters's household to be like over the festive period - a slightly twisted version to that which the rest of the world shares.

It kicks off with Fat Daddy singing Fat Daddy - a song about Santa Claus having soul. This is followed by Tiny Tim's rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - probably the most bizarre version you'll ever hear.

Other highlights include Here Comes Fatty Claus by Rudolph and Gang, which is a very tongue in cheek anti-commercialism Christmas song. Alvin and the Chipmunks's fans (more popular in the USA than over here in Britain) will also appreciate the inclusion of the animated chipmunk's version of Sleigh Ride.

The album is wrapped up by one of the best inclusions on this collection - Santa Claus is a Black Man by AKIM & the Teddy Van Production Company.

It's odd, it's fun and I think it's safe to say that this is probably the best alternative Christmas album you'll ever hear.

Ray Thompson

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