Xmas​-​30 Years In The Making

by Tom Dyer

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    “Tom Dyer’s collection of Christmas songs recorded here and there over 30 years is brilliant on the order of Substance W. “No Lou This Christmas” was recorded in 2013 as a tribute to Lou Reed, “Propane Santa” is one of the best true stories turned into song ever. Totally enjoyable.” der Bingle – Merry and Bright.

    “This accumulation of Christmas recordings, a compilation of original holiday-themed music Dyer’s done on an annual basis, is of the decidedly offbeat variety, but as songs like “No Lou This Xmas” and the reggae-worthy “Jingle Bell Ska” prove, this selection also works well as worthy collection of rockers. And while tracks like “It’s A White Mule Christmas,” “Propane Santa” and the Grinch-like “Christmas Time For Sailors” suggest Dyer’s got his tongue planted firmly in cheek, Xmas-30 Years in the Making is a holly jolly collection all round.” Lee Zimmerman – Blurt

    “Beginning with the two-minute “It’s Christmas (And I’m Jolly),” Dyer gets you in the mood with his type of a gospel choir, belting out “Ho, Ho, Ho” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” The album’s first single, “No Lou This Christmas” is a tribute to the late-Lou Reed as Dyer plugs in for this rocker. Dyer adds a nice, loose rhythm to “Jingle Bells Ska,” and turns “Peace On Earth” into a spaghetti western, before bringing out the kid in all of us with the fun vibe of “Hot Dog! It’s Christmas!” A great piece of holiday folk music is “Snowing In Seattle,” which sounds as if it was recorded right on the spot, in one take as Dyer was looking out the window.” JP’s Music Blog

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about

Ho Ho Ho!.

Hey, I like a good Christmas song. Always have. Have plenty of of Christmas discs – Phil Specter, Ray Charles, Elvis, Frank, Bing & Mr. Hanky. I used to tell people I was making a Xmas album. Slowly. I figured I would get done in another 10-15 years.

Last year, three weeks before Christmas, Howie informed me I had arrived. The full album. I was taken by surprise. I could have waited another year and come up with a super promotional plan.

Nah. We just stuck it out in a week.

It’s a year later. Howie convinced me we should give it a proper release. So we did. Remastered much fancier. A real CD instead of a burnt one. Wheew.

To our shock, we got a lot of response last year for No Lou This Xmas, so this year we are making a glorious video for it that you can watch right here :

No Lou This Xmas video: youtu.be/WPEWZjxWHUs

Now you may have noted that this year we are not doing a various artist Xmas album for charity. True.

However, we are still doing a giant charity FUNDRAISER for MusiCares a great charity that helps Music People in need. Any dough we make off album sales this year will go to ‘em.. If that ain’t enuff, we are going to have a Super Xmas Holiday Charity Bash out at Darrell's Tavern on Aurora on Saturday, December 13. Green Monkey SuperStars galore! They get all the dough from that too.

You know you want in on this action. How? Get advance tickets for the show (and other great rewards) by going to our IndieGoGo site right here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/green-monkey-records-charity-xmas-xtravaganza

Can’t wait! Get jolly!

td

Words from GMR VP Howie Wahlen:

Since 2009 Green Monkey Records (GMR) Mach 2 has gathered together some great Northwest musicians for the sole purpose of spreading good cheer for Christmas and lending a hand to worthy charities. The driving force behind these yearly projects has been GMR Prez Tom (He’s no Grinch) Dyer. He has had his hand out ready to receive whatever carols others will donate to the cause, making his own too, and ready to give a hand to others, usually pulling it all together at the last nano second on December 1st. (You can still download them at Bandcamp and the funds still go to charity.) This year we are doing things a little different.

After we put the 2013 Xmas project to bed we started counting up TD’s songs and realized that he had enough songs to do his own Xmas album. So we thought, “Hey, we’ve got enough time to get together a hard copy for sale.” You know, a physical CD that you can buy and take home and put in a player. It includes the surprise hit from Green Monkey Records Presents Merry Krampus “No Lou For Xmas.” He makes no claims for the greatest Xmas song for all time. He doesn’t think that Bing Crosby and David Bowie, Phil Spector, Robert L. May (Rudolph), Gene Autry or John Lennon have anything to worry about, but he does like a good Christmas song come the holidays.

Some people are slow and meticulous when they make an album (Heck, I thought the nine months between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper was ridiculous), but TD has never been accused of that to my knowledge...and yep, it took him 30 years.

Happy Christmas

HAW

2014

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released October 2, 2014

No Lou This Xmas video: youtu.be/WPEWZjxWHUs

Christmas Time For Sailors video: youtu.be/tXiiWybfYe0

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