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Weird Al Wednesday – December 2015

My apologies, dear readers. Thanksgiving and many hours devoted to Star Wars: Battlefront have put me a week behind, but I now present to you December’s Weird Al Wednesday!  In honor of the holiday season, we have a fantastic song from the album Polka Party!

This song is full of nuances that tie it to the classic rock ‘n roll Christmas songs of the 1940s and 50s.  Everything from the upbeat rhythms, to the bleating tenor saxophone is the same kind of thing you expect from songs like Jingle Bell Rock or Run Run Rudolph.  It also pairs stylistically with the constant mindset of the 1950s and the threat of nuclear war.  This pairing is brilliantly illustrated in this music video as the happy music is played against images of classic Christmas and classic paranoia.

Another reason I picked this song is how well it goes with one of the most popular games out there.  It’s similar enough, stylistically, to the soundtrack for Bethesda’s Fallout 4 that it could easily be the Christmas song of the game.  That also ties in my Unboxing of November’s Loot Crate, which features a Vault-Tec bobble head.  I hope to enjoy the game whilst playing this song in the coming weeks, as I hope you will too.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!  Enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate this month, and remember to stay weird!

Weird Al Wednesdays 12-17-14

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Joyous Winter-time Holiday(s) to you and yours!  For this special edition of Weird Al Wednesday, we have a song no Christmas playlist should go without: “The Night Santa Went Crazy” from the album Bad Hair Day.

This fantastic holiday song from Al features a tale of psychosis, alcohol-induced gun violence, death, and festive cheer.  The song has several influences that culminated in it’s creation.  A style parody of Soul Asylum’s “Black Gold”, with bits of “Mama I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne, Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas”, and The Kinks’ “Father Christmas”, this song has a little bit of everything.  One of the things that makes this work for Al, is the use of happy & upbeat music to describe the stuff of horror films and killing sprees.  It’s the kind of off-the-wall stuff we’ve all come to expect from Al now and then.  It’s a piece that brings a smile to my face when I hear it and something that will always have a place on my Zune’s Christmas Time playlist.  As a holiday bonus, here’s the “Extra Gory” version that was only released on the “Amish Paradise” single album.  Merry Christmas/(Insert Relevant Holiday Here) to all, and to all stay weird!