Welcome to my first annual CHRISTMAS SPECIALTACULAR IMPACT WEEK (OF JUSTICE) 20-THIRTEEN, WHERE EVERYTHING ABOUT CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD!
In a deviation from the rest of this year’s project, I’m writing about 7 different Christmas albums this week, leading up to the big day itself. Today’s record by surf rock group The Ventures gets us started.
Do you like Christmas? COOL.
Do you like surf rock? COOL.
Do you like Dick Dale? COOL.
Do you know who Dick Dale is? COOL.
If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you’ll certainly enjoy The Ventures’ Christmas Album from 1965.
Surf is a brand of ‘50s and ‘60s-inspired guitar rock, popularized by the legendary Dick Dale during this same time period. Dick Dale is to surf rock as Fela Kuti is to Afrobeat: neither happens without their respective presidents. It’s a brand of music marked by tons and tons of reverb, which is referred to as a ‘wet’ sound and hence, the association with surfing.
The Ventures’ Christmas Album is a collection of 12 versions of popular Christmas songs the band did in the style of surf rock, including “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Blue Christmas” and “White Christmas.”
Why we have to color Christmas when there’s clearly a war against it is beyond me, but this is the America we live in today.
I will forever be into Christmas music, but especially surf rock Christmas compilations from 1965. FOREVER!
From The Ventures’ Christmas Album, this is THE WHOLE THING! MERRY CHRISTMAS AMIRITE –
Standout tracks: “Sleigh Ride” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
Weakest track: None, are you serious? You hate Christmas music, you Grinch? You hate FUN, you toad? You are the worst.
RIYL: CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Also surf rock.