Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet-Faster, Santa Claus, Ho! Ho! Ho!
(It Came From Canada 4, Og Records 17; 1988)
Today's pick is by the late, lamented Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Canadian purveyors of twangy guitar instrumentals with consummate skill and a tongue-in-cheek joie de vivre. They're probably best known for supplying the theme song (Having an Average Weekend) and incidental music for the sketch comedy series Kids In The Hall, but they also made a handful of albums well worth seeking out, as well as a number of rarities for hardcore nerds like yours truly.
One such nugget is this track, a tribute to the Christmas album by surf guitar pioneers the Ventures, on which they mixed familiar holiday songs with hooks from pop hits, so you'd get a bit of Tequila before Frosty the Snowman, or the guitar riff from the Beatles' I Feel Fine kicking off Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. In their case, the Shadowy Men combine a medley of Christmas songs with riffs from a certain '60s rock opera you may have heard of, for a compilation on Montreal-based Og Records, the home of legendary sludgeabilly duo Deja Voodoo.