A John Waters Christmas

JW picks

Good taste? Bad taste? It’s all so subjective, dahhling. One man who has no such quibbles in these matters is peerless movie director John Waters.

As befits the man dubbed The Pope of Trash by William S Burroughs, Waters’ seasonal picks are as kitsch and hilarious as many of his films. Not for him, the evergreen purr of Eartha Kitt and Santa Baby. There’s no Bing Crosby crooning cosiness to be found here.

Instead, we are treated to the wayward falsetto of Tiny Tim, whose cover of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer reminds us that there’s no Christmas song that can’t be bettered with an unhinged, tremulous warble.

Elsewhere, Little Cindy gifts us Happy Birthday Jesus, the epitome of oozing sincerity, and there’s the blaxploitation stylings of Santa Claus Is A Black Man by AKIM & The Teddy Vann Production. Even that scourge of the sixties, Alvin and the Chipmunks, pop up with their inimitable take on Sleigh Ride.

Come on, add it to the list along with the cha-cha heels, and make your Yuletide extra gay this year… As if you ever needed an excuse.

Published by loreleiirvine

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