Happy Holidays! Since it’s the first year of my blog, and since it’s the last year for my Annual Holiday Show on my little 20-year-old 80s radio program, STUCK IN THE 80s (on WMPG community radio in Portland, Maine), I wanted to present to you THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, or, 31 of my favorite 80s holiday musical treats.
The song for Day 4 of the 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS is sort of a cheat, because I’ve had a long day and I’m tired, and this song clocks in at only 37 seconds – but it’s a fun one: “Transylvanian Xmas” by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper.
“Transylvanian Xmas” is from the duo’s second release, an EP (or mini-album, as some were called back then), titled GET OUT OF MY WAY! The 7-track EP also featured such gems as “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin” (with MTV’s Martha Quinn as the, um, subject matter), “Burn Down The Malls,” and a reworked version of their 1985 classic, “Jesus At McDonald’s.” (GET OUT OF MY WAY! was included on the CD version of their other 1986 release, the full-length effort, FRENZY).
The song is basically using the melody of the traditional seasonal hymn, “Joy To The World,” with Skid Roper on a wailin’ harmonica (think in the tone of the music from old horror – or vampire? – movies), and you have Mojo Nixon on the bongos, which are somewhere in the back of the song, but you can still make them out.
To some, it may seem a little ridiculous to have a Christmas song so short (or even a blog post like this one that will take longer to read than the length of the song it’s about. But, to me, it’s just right. In 37 seconds, you can’t escape the kick-ass harmonica work of Skid Roper. And, for a song with a little amount of time, it’s really a lot of fun. “HEY!”