Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Various Artists - Holiday Freak In

(Trying to get off my behind, and actually post holiday-related stuff before Christmas, for once...)

I posted the companion to this compilation, the two-disc Holiday Freak Out, during the Christmas season more than seven years ago. Both were put together by Otis Fodder, who long ago used to operate an excellent website filled with weird, wonderful, obscure music. This disc continues the run of "wacked-out Xmas gold!" contained in that first set.

Here's the lineup of the great, nutty stuff here:
01. Roger Roger - Jolly Bells
02. Gordon Thomas - Merry Christmas
03. The Sounds Extraordinare - Take A Ride On Santa's Rocket
04. Northern Telecom - I Want An OC192 For Christmas/The 12 Days Of Christmas
05. Chinese Kids Choir - Hark The Herald Angels Sing
06. Oscar The Grouch - I Hate Christmas
07. Danger Woman - Sleigh Ride
08. Karen Gathercole - Come and Join the Celebration
09. Alain Marcoux - Noël j'ai mal au coeur
10. Red Coffee (Quacky The Singing Duck) - Ducky Christmas
11. Major Bill Smith and Nancy Nolte - Happy Birthday Jesus
12. Inpatient Music Therapy Program, Univ of Michigan Medical Center, Children's Psychiatric Hospital - Jingle Bell Rock
13. Les Poppys - September Noir December Blanc
14. The Greenbergs - Sleepy
15. Bathing Beauty - Christmas Tears
16. Ethel Smith - Jingle Bells
17. Otis Skillings - Love Can Work A Miracle
18. Raymond Scott Quintette - Christmas Night In Harlem
19. Eddie Davis - A Recorded Christmas Message for Reverend W. Simmons
20. Les Intimes - C'est Noel
21. Inpatient Music Therapy Program, University of Michigan Medical Center, Children's Psychiatric Hospital - Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
22. 2 Live Jews - Sabbath Night
23. Mae West - Santa Come Up and See Me Some Time
More than a decade ago, Christmas Yuleblog ran an interview with Otis regarding his holiday collections; here it is if you'd like to check it out, and get some brief reviews of every song on both this and the previous disc set.

As mentioned in the companion post, the Otis Fodder site has been dead for many, many years, and as far as I can tell, these excellent comps are no longer easily available online. So I'm very happy that I managed to nab both Freak Out and Freak In when I did, many moons ago, so I can bestow them onto you all, and in my own small way keep the legend and glory of Otis's site and work alive.

Here's Holiday Freak In, compiled by Otis Fodder in December 2006. Enjoy this off-kilter addition to your holiday music... and as always, let me know what you think.

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