Thursday, December 18, 2008

Strange Christmas Song of the Day #11

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 6:04 AM

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Today's strange Christmas song - "Green Chri$tma$" - is part song, part wonderfully odd audio collage courtesy of the '50s comic Stan Freberg. The piece - lampooning the rampant commercialization of Christmas - was Freberg's response to the frightening momentum of the smart-suited, jaded Mad Men-style advertising culture that was beginning to swallow what he obviously considered a nicer, more innocent, more Christmasy America. To quote: "Deck the halls with advertising, 'tis the time for merchandising."  (You can read the full story of Freberg's song here.) Even without the background info, the song is hilarious and as relevant, of course, in 2008 as it was in 1958, when it was recorded. "Tiny Tim brand chestnuts are full-bodied and longer-lasting than the leading brand... they roast hot, like a chestnut ought." 

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