Tuning through satellite radio channels the other day, I chanced upon the season’s first play of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And so it begins.
Once we hit Halloween next week, there will be no avoiding the annual onslaught of holiday music. Because this is such big business–a hit Christmas song can mean fat royalty cheques year after year–we’re facing a deluge of new releases. Among them is Shatner Claus, a collection of Christmas songs sung by the very Jewish William Shatner along with a series of guest collaborators.
Like who? Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Country star Brad Paisley. And, er, Iggy Pop.
Hey, it’s better than Mariah Carey one more time. And the album opens with a version of “Jingle Bells” featuring Henry “Black Flag” Rollins. Shatner Claus is out Friday.