The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The 12 Discs of Christmas 2012 #8


There's Trouble Brewin'
by Jack Scott
(Groove Records 58-0027; 1963)


There's Trouble Brewin' by Canadian rockabilly legend Jack Scott isn't a terribly rare record, but it does get overlooked in the grand scheme of Christmas music, maybe because there's nothing seasonal about its title. But this lurid take on The Night Before Christmas is a bona fide rock 'n' roll Christmas classic nonetheless, and a fun effort from the guy who gave us What in the World's Come Over You and The Way I Walk, which was memorably covered by The Cramps.

If you hear a resemblance between this and Elvis Presley's Trouble (from both Kid Creole and the '68 Comeback Special), it's probably not a coincidence since RCA Records' A&R man Chet Atkins had a hand in producing There's Trouble Brewin' for its subsidiary label Groove Records. We present the song in a slower alternate version at the link above, and in the uptempo release version in the clip below. Enjoy!

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