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It's Christmas at CHIRP Radio, and we're looking for a cure for the common carol. Instead of bending to the will of the average 24-hour holiday muzak stations, we're spending the season unearthing a bunch of winter-approved tunes that you probably haven't heard for a while (or maybe even ever). Today: Canadian Christmas goes full disco.
Erotic Drum Band - "Love Christmas Style" (1980)
Even though they reside in the Land of Always Winter, Canadians have contributed shockingly few songs to the holiday music canon. Over the course of this project, I think I figured out the reason why: someone already recorded the country's greatest possible holiday tune. Dubbed the Erotic Drum Band, studio musicians M. Campanozi and Peter Di Milo produced catchy, but otherwise unheralded, disco beats for a few years in the late '70s. Most importantly, however, they produced "Love Christmas Style." The song is essentially a recut of their not-quite-a-hit "Love Disco Style," with the addition of holiday-themed lyrics and a persistent (though not unwelcome) sleigh bell. It's also one of the few Christmas songs that's geuninely danceable. I can only imagine busting this out at an office holiday party for some cinematic, in-your-face move-busting in the face of a terrible boss or two. Forget "Wonderful Christmastime"; if you're looking for a little Trudeau-era excess, just glance north toward Toronto, where (I assume), this plays over a loudspeaker between Canadian Thanksgiving and the Epiphany.
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