An upcoming documentary from Mitchell Kezin called Jingle Bell Rocks! has us particularly excited. Not just because it is about Christmas songs, and fairly obscure Christmas songs at that, but because it will include a new recording of Nat King Cole's 'The Boy That Santa Forgot' by Calypso legend the Mighty Sparrow. Kezin's love for Christmas music is legendary and was sparked by a particularly lonely Christmas childhood experience that was made a little more bearable thanks to the original 'The Boy That Santa Forgot'.
Details about the 12 songs that are to be featured on Jingle Bell Rocks! are sketchy but we do know 4 of them - Miles Davis’s 'Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern)', Stan Freberg's ‘Green Chri$tma$’ and Akim & Teddy Vann’s ‘Santa Claus Was a Black Man’.
Kezin’s documentary has gathered a hugely impression collection of like-minded souls to give the lowdown on some of their favourite Christmas music. The ones that caught our eye are Low (they of the 'Christmas' EP which we talk incessantly about throughout this site), Joseph Simmons of Run DMC (they of 'Christmas In Hollis' which tore up the rulebook on Christmas music), the Free Design (makers of supremely poppy but largely unheralded 60's music) and Yo La Tengo (and continuing pursuit of the perfect indie pop song).
All told this is our sort of documentary so we'll bring you more details and perhaps an interview with those concerned later in the year.