A couple on a theme here… Christmas behind bars.
The Youngsters – Christmas In Jail
Reverend J.M. Gates – Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail ?
From 1914 to his death in 1945 , Gates was the pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rock Dale Park, Atlanta, Georgia. He had a very prolific recording career, recording over 200 sides between 1926 and 1941, including frequent rerecordings. Experts estimate that at least a quarter of all sermons commercially released on record before 1943 were recorded by Gates.
Many of his recordings were strong warnings of the hellish punishments that awaited sinners – his first best-seller, 1926’s “Death’s Black Train Is Coming”, sold 35,000 copies by the end of its release year.
Gates is credited with introducing the gospel music of former blues artist Thomas A. Dorsey into the black gospel market via his crusades. His funeral drew the largest crowd of any memorial service in the city before Martin Luther King, Jr
With the possible exception of the Eurovision Song Contest, no regular event in history has been responsible for so many aural turkeys (seasonal allusion intended).
Unike the Eurovision Song Contest, however, Christmas does occasionally throw up something worthwhile. We’ve sifted through the tons of shit to reveal the odd diamond, so that you dont have to.
Over the next few days we’ll be posting a selection of Tolerable Xmas Records – our seasonal gift to you. Enjoy !
TOM WAITS – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
The weird thing is, if you hadn’t heard this and were speculating what a Tom Waits Christmas song might sound like, you’d probably expect it to include references to hookers living above dirty bookstores, dope, whisky, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Omaha, prison, used car lots, guys who play the trombone…
CAN – Silent Night
As Tom topped and tailed his offering with Silent Night, we may as well continue the theme with this Krautrock reworking from the 1970s….
More tolerable xmas songs tomorrow. Ho ho ho…