99.1 WMYX has been playing all Christmas music all the time since Nov. 10 and, as their midday DJ, I feel like Iâ€™m becoming a bit of an expert on traditional tunes. Iâ€™ve been keen to find some off-the-wall and unique holiday musical offerings.
One of my favorite recent finds is local actor and singer Joel Kopischkeâ€™s CD, â€śI Got Yule, Babe.â€ť
Kopischke brings you 16 novelty holiday tunes mulled in Milwaukee-ness with a variety of parodies and originals of different musical styles including polka, blues and pop music.
Thereâ€™s a klezmer-flavored Hanukkah song called â€śThatâ€™s A Menorahâ€ť and even a Festivus song, so the word â€śholidayâ€ť is used for accuracy instead of political correctness.
The title track adapts Sonny & Cherâ€™s hit â€śI Got You, Babeâ€ť into a duet by a couple ready to celebrate Christmas early. â€śChristmas in the Sunâ€ť is a send-up of the legendary quirky locals The Violent Femmesâ€™ song â€śBlister in the Sunâ€ť with a wish for a snow-free Christmas and a suggestion to blame WMTJ TV meteorologist John Malan for our wintry weather. Other parodies take on Green Day, Barenaked Ladies and crooner Bobby Darin.
Kopischkeâ€™s resume includes a recurring role as Pee Wee Kaputish in In Tandem Theatreâ€™s hit musical â€śA Cudahy Caroler Christmas.â€ť Kopischke injects humor into that role and that performing experience helped him make the connection that he could creatively combine comedy and Christmas into the seasonal songs on â€śI Got Yule, Babe.â€ť Members of the now defunct Milwaukee area band Feet of Clay and other local musicians played on and produced the CD. Other fun highlights include a rockinâ€™ original called â€śA Harry Potter Christmasâ€ť complete with a childrenâ€™s back-up choir, the slinky more-than-mistletoe â€śIâ€™m Your Snowman, Baby,â€ť and the parody â€śBowling Wonderlandâ€ť with a shout-out to Bay View Lanes. …Read more...