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 Music, Surf Rock
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 Music, 1980s Rock
This bright and cheery, zany Christmas track features nostalgic 1950’s style production with a merry and jolly bouncing beat juxtaposed against a dark and twisted sing-a-long chorus. With male and female background vocals, clarinet, strings, keys, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and SFX. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Whimsical
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 Music, Christmas 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 Music, Comedy Music (pending categorization)
This psychedelic Christmas track with 60’s style tripped-out production features warped and mangled, distorted electric guitars, morphing chimes, organ, bass, drums and female background vocals. Spacey, backwards SFX create a hazy surreal mood of mystical, hallucinogenic psychedelia. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas 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 Music, Comedy Music (pending categorization)
Mellow, cool and smooth, swinging pop jazz track with a laid-back, easygoing groove. Featuring soft and sleek male background vocals, soulful saxophone and flute lines, organ, walking bass, drums, finger snaps and improvisatory nylon stringed guitar licks throughout. Solo at 1:47 seconds in. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas Whimsical
A good-hearted, workingman’s honky-tonk blues track with an easygoing, relaxed mid-tempo groove and a warm and friendly vibe. Crisp and clean Country style production with acoustic, electric and steel guitars, blues-harp, bass and drums. Male Vocals, Christmas Music, Christmas 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 Music, Comedy Music (pending categorization)
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 Music, Christmas Whimsical
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 Music, Comedy Music (pending categorization)
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 Music, 1960s Rock