Columbia Records (CK 62224)
Release Date: November 23, 1999
Formats: CD, Digital
|1.||Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo (Early '50s recording by Cowboy Timmy)||2:14|
|2.||Merry F**king Christmas (Mr. Garrison, The 3rd Grade Teacher)||2:01|
|3.||O Holy Night (Eric Cartman)||1:56|
|4.||Dead, Dead, Dead (Juan Schwartz and the South Park Children's Choir)||2:11|
|5.||Carol of the Bells (Mr. Mackey, The School Counselor)||0:56|
|6.||The Lonely Jew On Christmas (Kyle Broflofski with Special Celebrity Guest)||2:44|
|7.||I Saw Three Ships (Shelley Marsh, Stan's Sister)||1:00|
|8.||It Happened In Sun Valley (Stan Marsh and Wendy Testaburger)||2:19|
|9.||O Tannenbaum (In the Style of Adolph Hitler)||1:10|
|10.||Christmas Time In Hell (Satan, The Dark Prince)||2:13|
|11.||What the Hell Child Is This? (Chef)||4:26|
|12.||Santa Claus Is On His Way (Mr. Hankey)||0:27|
|13.||Swiss Colony Beef Log (Eric Cartman)||2:14|
|14.||Hark the Herald Angels Sing (South Park Children's Choir)||0:39|
|15.||Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel (The Broflofskis, with Eric Cartman and Stan Marsh)||3:18|
|16.||The Most Offensive Song Ever (Kenny McCormick;Mr. Hankey)||2:58|
|17.||We Three Kings (Mr. Ose)||0:50|
|18.||Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Mr. Hankey with Stan, Kyle and Cartman)||2:29|
|Total Album Time:||36:05|
|by Dan Goldwasser
December 13, 1999
Christmas has been a rather musical holiday, what with all the Christmas Carols, television specials featuring music and songs, the Rankin-Bass animated specials, and so on. So it shouldn't come with any surprise that recently "South Park" had a Christmas special of their own - featuring their own Christmas icon, Mr. Hankey. For those unfamiliar with Mr. Hankey, he's a talking piece of poo. Toilet humor, indeed! This Chrismas episode was entitled, "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics", and Columbia Records took upon them the illustrious task of releasing the corresponding album.
Earlier this year, we were treated to a plethora of offensive and hilarious songs in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut written by co-creator Trey Parker and award-winning composer Marc Shaiman. For this album, Parker and Shaiman worked together to provide us with more delightfully offensive morsels. There are eighteen - yes, eighteen songs on this album. They all range in their intensity. From Hitler seeing "O Tannenbaum" and Eric Cartman's hilarious rendition of "O Holy Night" (complete with backup gospel singers) to Mr. Garrison singing "Merry F**king Christmas" and Satan singing "Christmas Time in Hell", this album is sure to bring a smile to your face - and make you groan in repugnance.Some of the "classic" songs include "The Lonely Jew on Christmas", complete with Neil Diamond sound-alike. Chef (Isaac Hayes) singing "What The Hell Child Is This?", Mr. Mackey's accapella "Carol of the Bells", and the amazing round in "Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle". There is plenty of tastelessness in the songs as well - from the obvious toilet humor in the first track, "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo" to the verses in "Christmas Time in Hell" which are in such poor taste (referring to JFK and JFK Jr. being reunited for the holidays), there is probably something in this album which will offend you. But take it in stride - it's just a silly television show, and if it gets you pissed off, it's won.
"It Happened in Sun Valley" showcases Shaiman's abilities to score large Broadway-style songs, even though it's all performed on synth instruments. (Shaiman told me they did all the songs in ten days, from start to finish!) But for those familiar with his style, there are some very notable "Shaiman-isms", especially in "Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle" and "Christmas Time in Hell".
There is also plenty of profanity in this album - the television show is censored, and no such restrictions apply here. So parents beware - this isn't an album meant for your 12-year olds who probably watch the show. But there are plenty of adults who watch the show, and I'm sure that they would find this a delightful tie-in to the show. Now if only they would release an album of the other songs that have been in the show, now that would truly be a Christmas present.
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