Ho Ho Ho
1997: Rhino R2 72936
This got a dismissive review on www.allmusic.com which I thought was a bit harsh; certainly I couldnt agree with Stephen Thomas Erlewines comment that all of it is tired, predictable, and simply not funny. I have laughed to the point of aching over All I Want for Christmas (which includes the great line All I want for Christmas is my face snatched!) and Christmas Nite in particular, and the little bits of comic exchanges between songs are great too.
Other than that, its just a festive Disco/Soul (and sometimes Country) album featuring a drag queennot everyones cup of gin, but its handy when youre in the mood for it. And the back cover of the CD case has an illustration (shown below) that I just howled over when I first saw it.
But OH how I love Christmas Nite and its ridiculous story twists and lounge-act pathos. Best lines: Ladies, that night I felt like a real woman I felt like aa real woman ought to be feeling. Well, I felt likea womanI thinka woman should be feelingif I was a womanfeeling these things for a man. But I digress and I wanna tell you this story becauseit gets better . And then theres this lovely one near the end: I wanna tell all-a you, uh, skeezers out there: dont mess with mens dont mess with mens, because mens are dogs. Thats why tonight I am sleeping with another woman.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.