Sorry, everyone. I can’t feature any of these. So let’s end on a big downer, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (a rendition in minor key)” from Tempus Cucumis (Time of the cucumber??) This is more than shitty, this is enormously doomy. See, the ending is changed from happy to– well, you’ll see.
A 1939 Montgomery Wards holiday booklet retold the ugly duckling story one more time, with a weird-o ousted hoofer having the one mutation to save the day. Whether handicapped, non-white, non-binary children took ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ to heart way back then–the songs and shows co-opted this outlier concept so all mainstreamers can see themselves as special. Hooray.
If you began listening to every cover of the Johnny Marks song (over 420 on Secondhandsongs.com–so i figure over a thousand, easy) you might be done by Christmas. So, don’t do that. And IDONOTCARE if it was sung better by Burl or Gene or Ella or Dean….
However, some songs reference Rudy in novel ways–including several we’ve sampled on the blog before.
Also prized parody, “Here Comes Rudolph” is The ’60s Invasion’s Rolling Stones’ take on the 1967 stop-motion special.
NOT a parody of The Crystals nor Chuck Berry, “Da Doo Run Run Rudolph” is a gentle folk rock froth from The Not Fur Longs. Love song stickiness. (Title’s just a hook, no actual Rudolph here, for those who care.)
Some songs simply sneak in the roll call of reindeer. Listen carefully.
The Simians’ “A Perfect Christmas” is that list of ingredients that fill the bill. Alt-rock sneaks in the rostrum at the end.
“Santa Country” is old beach rock, so the actual country features Santa Barbara, or Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, or Sante Fe–get it? Reindeer creep in at the finale thanks to Bad Tide.
Flaterectomy gets desperate with his Song-of-the-Week challenge in Week 51’s “Ho Ho Ho,” in which Santa robs with a BLUE ALERT bitter vocabulary. The reindeer are named as accomplices in this metal/show tune mashup.
“I Got Yule Babe” from the inimitable Joel Kopischke waits for the outro to enumerate the sleigh pullers… and some bonus crew!