An eclectic mix of Holiday songs with an irreverent sense of humor. “Gridlock Christmas” and “Christmas is Coming Twice This Year” were included on Dr. Demento’s Christmas CD in 1995. Since then, these two songs have received steady rotation on numerous broadcast, internet and satellite radio stations. The Hollytones are the brain child of three talented and witty musicians: Brian Curtin, Floyd Elliot and John Wheeler. Let The Hollytones add that little twinkle to your next Christmas project!
Editorial Reviews: “I thought Gridlock Christmas was one of the best Christmas items we received this past holiday season!” -Dr. Demento, American Radio Personality. “For trenchant comment, few Christmas novelties can top “Christmas Is Coming Twice This Year” by the Hollytones.” -Steven Otfinoski, author, The Golden Age of Novelty Songs.
“It takes real musical talent to spoof real musical talent. The Hollytones, a trio of veteran Orange County musicians, plus a large guest cast-pull it off on this charming and impressively varied collection. The album’s 14 original Christmas songs work on two levels. There’s pop-parody as the Hollytones send up or pay homage to a wide array of styles: Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, vaudevillian crooning and Merle Haggard-style working-man’s honky-tonk blues, Beach Boys lofty harmonizing, psychedelic rock and even New Age music. And there are playful, occasionally pointed observations in Yule-related lyrics and skits that range from the gently barbed to the sweetly sentimental.” -Mike Boehm, The Los Angeles Times.
This upbeat, happy and festive 60’s pop/rock song about the sunny golden state of California features soaring, high falsetto lead vocals combined with group harmonies in a nostalgic, retro style reminiscent of the early sixties surf bands. With theremin, electric guitar, keys, sax, bass and drums. Male Vocals, Rock, Surf Rock
This bright and cheery, zany Christmas song features a Hollywood singing cowboy style male lead vocal merrily singing a dark, twisted tale of cold war paranoia. Nostalgic 1950’s style production with female background vocals, quirky instrumentation, bomb SFX and a jolly, bouncy sing-a-long chorus. Male Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
This totally 80’s anthem to materialism is sung by an out of control, compulsive spender who is a definite candidate for Shopper’s Anonymous. With female vocals and eighties style pop production. The slow intro and outro sections contain original lyrics set to the traditional folk song Greensleeves. Female Vocals, Rock, 80s Rock
A psychedelic Christmas song featuring spacey male lead vocals, female background vocals and 60’s style tripped-out production. Bedazzled by holiday lighting displays, the songs protagonist thinks he must be having a hallucinogenic experience and breaks into a parody of sixties mystical psychedelia. Male Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
This upbeat, fun and silly, old-timey Christmas song about being stuck in holiday traffic features a friendly, heartwarming male lead vocal, mixed background vocals, quirky instrumentation and a cheery sing-a-long chorus. Fuses country, Dixieland, retro pop and vaudeville in an eclectic arrangement. Male Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
A happy, lively and playful 1960’s British invasion dance-craze spoof that sends up the Merseybeat sound. Featuring male lead vocals and harmonies with chirpy Liverpudlian accents, six and twelve string electric guitars, quirky organ licks, bass, drums, handclaps, harmonica and a catchy refrain. Male Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
This wacky and comedic Christmas song is a mildly racy portrait of a would-be office lothario who gets his comeuppance at the company holiday party. Features a fun and zany ensemble cast performance over a perky and quirky, goofy and groovy rhythm track. With sax, keys, guitar, bass, drums and SFX. Mixed Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
Mellow, cool and quirky, swinging pop jazz tune that chronicles the comical excesses of celebrating a winter wonderland holiday under the warm California sun. With a laid-back, soulful male lead vocal, smooth background vocals, saxophone, flute, nylon stringed guitar, organ, walking bass and drums. Male Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
A good-hearted, workingman’s honky-tonk blues song about getting the boss-man to cough up the much sought after Christmas Bonus. Friendly, country male lead vocal with female background vocals and answerbacks peppered throughout. With acoustic, electric and steel guitars, blues-harp, bass and drums. Male Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
After an upbeat, slick radio promo, the calm relaxation music begins with our host, pragma-hypnotist Dr. Johan Weiler, who sincerely tries to help his listeners ease their way through the festive holiday season, but runs into and issue or two of his own. With spoken dialog over mellow New Age music. Spoken Word, Comedy, Comedy Music
In this fast and frenzied Christmas song, nervous moms and dads express their growing concerns about the perils of celebrating the holiday season. Features a tense and stressed, paranoid ensemble cast performance over a frantic, chaotic backdrop of distorted guitars, electric bass and driving drums. Mixed Vocals, Comedy, Comedy Music
This cute and comedic, portrait of knee-high Machiavellians playing off the guilt of divorced parents to extort ever-greater offerings of Christmas loot is a skewed look at joint custody during the holidays. Featuring a zestful ensemble cast performance and a bright and cheery sing-a-long chorus. Mixed Vocals, Christmas, Xmas Whimsical
Happy and positive, upbeat 1960’s pop love song about a couple impatiently waiting to be reunited with each other. Featuring male lead vocals and group harmonies in a nostalgic, retro style arrangement with a cappella sections and a sing-a-long chorus. Male Vocals, Rock, 60s Rock