We love Christmas. We love synths.
So, we should love Christmas synth music, right?
Unfortunately, synthesizer power, in the wrong hands, can ruin Christmas.
Now that Christmas has come and gone, we can reveal how we really feel about three synth-heavy Christmas songs that we hope we don’t hear again.
Not next year. Not ever.
Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time combines inane lyrics, cheesy synth sounds, jingling bells, childrens chorus and excessive repetition to create the aural equivalent of a root canal.
And then, just when you think it’s over, it’s time for another chorus!
With hand claps this time!
Chip Davis had a novelty hit at the height of the CB radio craze, C.W. McCall’s Convoy.
Davis soon left country music behind, but he found another cash cow with Mannheim Steamroller’s series of Christmas albums. They combine classical instrumentation with synthesizers and disco beats and people just can’t get enough of it.
Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music sells like hotcakes and, at the holidays, it is everywhere you go.
When it comes to Christmas music, Mannheim Streamroller is it. Bigger than even Elvis.
What’s that mean?
Every Christmas, you’ll find yourself in a store hearing a song that sounds like it might be an interesting synthesizer arrangement of a holiday classic – Mannheim Steamroller’s Deck The Halls.
And then it turns into disco synth pop lite.
For some people, the idea of Singing Dogs doing Christmas songs is funny.
Maybe it was funny, twenty years ago.
Those days are gone, though, and it’s time to put this dog down.