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Country Christmas Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Country Mike's Greatest Hits LP
Written by: Country Mike and The Boys
Performed by: Country Mike and The Boys, Bucky Baxter (pedal steel), William Meyer (mandolin), Bill "Sweet Cheeks" McMullen (whistling)
Production Notes: Recorded and mixed in the Dungeon, engineered and produced by Country Mike and The Boys. Mastered by Howie Weinberg.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

References:

  • Jesus Christ - (4 BC - 29 AD) founder of the Christian religion
  • Christmas - the annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts
  • Santa Claus - a benevolent figure of legend, associated with Saint Nicholas, supposed to bring gifts to children on Christmas Eve
  • Kris Kringle - another name for Santa Claus, developed in Germany around 1600

Commentary:

Beastie Boys:

"[The Beastie Boys] are furious. They made this whole country album and Mike D's the singer on it, and I swear, those guys are off the hook. It sounds really good; they're good at all that shit" - Mix Master Mike, 1998

"At some point after Ill Communication came out, Mike got hit in the head by a large foreign object and lost all of his memory. As it started coming back he believed that he was a country singer named Country Mike. The psychologists told us that if we didn't play along with Mike's fantasy, he could be in grave danger. Finally he came back to his senses" - Adam Yauch, 1999

Friends of the Band:

"[The Beastie Boys] made a whole country record which no one has heard or may even hear – which is hilarious. They should just put this stuff out – you know – Grand Royal, on a small level. It is classic." - Jill Cunniff, 1998

"Mike (Diamond) told me that when they recorded the country album, that Adam (Yauch) and he were wearing full western outfits and Adam was wearing a giant cowboy hat and cowboy boots. And they spoke in a southern accent. They’d go out to the pizza parlor in their outfits. They’d go downstairs outta the studio in their outfits and order pizza with the accents, cause they wanted to stay in character." - Gabby Glaser, 1998

"I mean it is really something not everyone knows about ‘em…how incredibly funny they are, side-splitting humor. Country Mike that’s his name. Ask him to sing Sloppy Drunks." - Jill Cunniff/Gabby Glaser, 1998

 

Released Versions:

Country Christmas

Live:

No Known Performances in Concert.

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