Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Christmas Songs part 7: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town-Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Now, I know that there are many, many versions of this song (and I think Eddie Cantor even recorded the original version), but this one is my favorite. Why?

a) It's Bruce. BRUUUUUUCE!

b) His version rocks the house. The opening monologue, where he asks the audience and the band if they were good boys and girls all year slays me! That, plus the fact that the band sounds as if they're having the time of their lives, just does my heart good.

c) My favorite moment of the song is when "Santa" apparently comes onstage and for whatever reason, Bruce can't sing the song without cracking up with laughter. I can't find any reference online as to what caused this, but whatever it was, it just tops the cake o' fun that is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".

Recommendation: Listen when driving, particularly when going down the interstate. The closer you are to Jersey, the better!


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TwistedNoggin said...

Speaking of humor throwing off a song -
Have you ever heard the live recording of Elvis singing "are you lonesome tonight" where he gets all cracked up and can't even finish the song? It's hilarious. He starts out getting a little snickery, sort of, then changes the line "Do you stare at your doorstep and picture me there" to "Do you stare at your bald head and wish you had hair" - right on stage, in the middle of a live performance. Then he starts cracking up, but the background singers just keep on soaring through all these dramatic swoons of vocalizations meant for a serious and tragic song, and he just can't get back on track. It's seriously funny.

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