1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Psycho Christmas – Psycho Reptiles

Psycho Christmas – Psycho Reptiles

As kids we used to go round at Christmas time singing ‘While Shepherds Wash Their Socks By Night’ and ‘We three kinds of Orient are, one in a taxi one in a car, one on a scooter, blowing the hooter and smoking a rubber cigar.’ The Psycho Reptiles decided to do this sort of thing as adults. The result is the psychobilly Stars on 45 type mish-mash of differently worded seasonal tunes. It may be done with a joyful childishness, but somehow they get away with it.

So we have lines like ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, couldn’t take it anymore, so Santa hired his cousin whose name was Theodore’ and ‘Good King Wenceslas lost his teeth on a piece of pudding, thought it was a sixpence, bit he bit into a shilling’ sung in a British punk accent to a background of thrashy guitars. You can also hear the sound of tongues in cheeks as you listen.

The Christmas themed song is not something that is very big amongst South African artists, so it was great to hear a local band attempt it and do so in such a joyous manner. It is arguably the best South African Christmas song ever. The Santa Sessions album on which this song finally made its CD debut, is well worth checking out. It features covers of well know Xmas tunes by SA artists included that well know one ‘Shoplifters Of The World Unite’ (done by Sugardrive)

Where to find it:
The Santa Sessions – November 2002, Sovereign/Sting

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