15 December 2009


Now that's one hell of a festive pic right there. His name is Bootsy, and he is funky.

Bootsy Collins rose to fame when his band, The Pacemakers, were hired to replace James Brown's backing band, who James hadn't yet fired. He soon would, though, and The Pacemakers would be renamed The J.B.s.

Bootsy would go on to achieve even more stardom with the legendary Parliament / Funkadelic.
He has also recorded as a solo artist, with Bootsy's Rubber Band, Deee-Lite, and several other groups.

Basically, Bootsy is the epitome of Funk personified.

Now here's a very very funky festive song.

(Dec. 15) Bootsy Collins - "Boot-Off (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)" From his 2006 holiday album, Christmas Is 4 Ever. Buy Christmas Is 4 Ever, or buy Back In the Day.

(Dec. 16) Goober & The Peas - "My Love For Her" Following up Bootsy with the funky cowboy himself, Goober Miller. This particular track isn't really in the funk vein, but it is Christmas themed, and it may or may not have Jack White playing the drums. Taken from the EP, A Christmas Eve Get Together With Goober & The Peas. Buy Walk the Line, 'cause Johnny's guitarist, Luther Perkins, is played by none other than Dan John "Goober" Miller.

(Dec. 17) The Reverend Horton Heat - "We Three Kings" The title track from the psychobilly legends' 2005 Christmas album. Buy We Three Kings, or buy Laughin' and Cryin' with the Reverend Horton Heat.

(Dec. 18) The Who - "Christmas" (Demo) From the legendary album, Tommy. This version of the song is available on the deluxe remaster, along with a second demo of the track, and, of course, the more well known album version. Buy the deluxe Tommy remaster, or buy the bare-bones version.

(Dec. 19) The Flaming Lips - "A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" Possibly the best known band ever to come out of Oklahoma, The Flaming Lips have released many Christmas tunes over their years together. I'm sure if you do a quick search, you'll see them all over the blogs right about now. This particular one is from their Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell EP. Buy Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell, or buy Embryonic.

(Dec. 20) The Dandy Warhols - "Little Drummer Boy" The Dandy Warhols are an Oregon-based band that's been kicking around since the mid-nineties. While they have yet to get a break-out hit, they did come close with "Bohemian Like You", which was featured on a couple of movie soundtracks. If you've never heard them, look that track up and you'll see what you've been missing. "Drummer Boy" was a non-album single in 1997. Buy Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.

(Dec. 21) Leon Redbone - "Christmas Island" What can I say about Leon Redbone? He's a bit of a man out of another time. A bit jazzy, a bit bluesy, always laid-back, and always fun. His style would have been right at home about 80 or 90 years ago, and yet it still sounds great today. This is the title track to his classic 1987 Christmas album. Buy Christmas Island - with bonus tracks!

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