It's an iron-clad rule that ya hafta dig novelty Xmas CDs. Yep, it's in the Bible somewhere, or maybe the Magisterium—who knows, might even be the Talmud! Or was it Beowulf? I can't tell the difference any more, but, hell, who needs any of that to get a big smirky grin on yer mug whenever someone comes up with yet another yuletide disc of snarky, funny, sing-alongy Christmas tunes. For me, as with a lot of you out there, as I strongly suspect, it started with Dave Seville and Alvin & the Chipmunks. As a kid, I musta wore out three needles each holiday season listening to that 45, driving my grandfather crazy, which just made grandma giggle. Well, the Ozark Mountains Daredevil's bass player, Michael Supe Granda decided, as he turned 60, to sit down and write a bunch of snow-season songs, and thus we have this Cool, Cool Yule coming through as a cross between a kids record, a Bob Rivers type of send-up, and a waft of Mitch Millery join-in with various flavors coursing through the menu: C&W, klezmer, swing, rock, you name it.
Mike of course is the 'Supe' of Supe and the Sandwiches, clever bastard, and he's aided by several friends—among them Jen Gunderman of the Jayhawks—as well as The Garbonzos, Mark & Mike, and The Garth Branson Singers. Half the songs here are Granda's, the other half comprised of standards and a surprise or two…such as Archie Bell & The Drells' Merry Christmas / Tighten Up and Bryant Boudleaux's whiff on Jingle Bells, here re-titled Jangle Bells. Then there's the jazz-swingin' Auld Lang Syne taking up the trailing edge, and someone shovel ol' Bobbie Burns outta that coffin and set him up with some 'nog, 'cause he's gonna wanna get schnockered along with everyone else as he grooves to the riff on his gig. My favorite cut? Probably Merry Christmas / Tighten Up. It's a bitchin' goof. But there's also a bonus track, a Halloweeny Frankenstein Started Kicking My Dog, so if you get the CD now, it'll serve double duty as the spooks and goblins come around for brains, backbones, intestines…and candy.
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