By Huntress Thompson
Next up on our advent calendar is a proper Christmas classic, and no one in the world doesn’t like the Beach Boys, so settle in and turn them sleigh bells way up.
First appearing on the 1964 Beach Boys’ Christmas album , cryptically entitled The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, Little Saint Nick managed to crack the Billboard Top 10 in December of 1963. This was something of an achievement as the US’s festive celebrations were fairly subdued that year, following the assassination of Pres John F Kennedy Jr.
Little Saint Nick was one of the 5 original pieces on the album, all rock ‘n’ roll re-imaginings of traditional holiday fare, alongside The Man with All the Toys, Santa’s Beard, Merry Christmas, Baby and Christmas Day.
It tells the tale of an anthropomorphic “four speed stick” bobsled that spends all year gearing up for some sort of annual Christmas Eve drag race. Run, run, reindeer indeed.
In the vacuum between dark and light, Siouxsie Sioux and Emmylou Harris, Amelie and Travis Bickle, Huntress Thompson is an idiot lost, and reporting from the field. If you’re after irrational rants about cupcakes and Johnny Cash (and you probably aren’t), she’s grumpy, but she’s your girl.