Various Artists? - 'Psych-Out Christmas'
’Tis the season to be fuzzy, with Iggy Pop, Sleepy Sun, Psychic Ills and more
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Psychedelic legend has it that Santa’s red suit is a colour-coded reference to the hallucinogenic toadstools favoured by European reindeer and used as a cheap trip by their human herders. Believe that and ‘Psych-Out Christmas’ will more than meet your needs. Elephant Stone’s sitar-drenched take on The Beatles’ ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ and The Fuzztones’ overdriven stomp through The Sonics’ ‘Santa Claus’ are the peaks, while Sons Of Hippies find a festive theme within The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’. Sleepy Sun, Psychic Ills and Dead Meadow also get on board for a wayward sleigh ride through carols, classics and originals. Bizarre archive curios include a twanging ‘Jingle Bells’ instrumental by cult South Korean psych band He 5 and vintage frivolity from US voiceover artist Len Maxwell’s nonsensical 1964 album ‘A Merry Monster Christmas’. It finishes on a true high, with a drawl through ‘White Christmas’ from Santa’s favourite elf, Iggy Pop.
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