John Waters loves Christmas loves it. This is, after all, a guy who once wrote: "If you don't have yourself a merry little Christmas, you might as well kill yourself. " In that spirit, the 58-year-old director...
John Waters loves Christmas loves it.
This is, after all, a guy who once wrote: “If you don’t have yourself a merry little Christmas, you might as well kill yourself.”
In that spirit, the 58-year-old director as infamous for the squalid “Pink Flamingos” as he is for the squeaky-clean “Hairspray” has compiled a dozen of his favorite holiday tunes for the new CD, “A John Waters Christmas.”
“I’ve always loved Christmas albums. I collect them,” Waters said in a phone interview from his home in Baltimore. “Really, this was just an excuse to find some of the Christmas songs I love the most. And these are songs that are completely out of print and hard to find, legally even.”
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Take, for instance, “Santa Claus Is a Black Man.” Waters hunted high and low for a copy of the funky song, credited to “Akim & the Teddy Van Production Company.” Waters’ staff had to hunt down the writer and the publisher of the track, as well as a usable recording of it.
“I ended up bidding on a 45 of ‘Santa Claus Is a Black Man’ on eBay,” said Waters. “At times, it was like a snipe hunt. We literally found some of these people in retirement communities.”
Fans of Waters will appreciate the effort. The song “Fat Daddy” would sound right at home in “Hairspray” it was performed by a Baltimore DJ of the same name who was the inspiration for the film’s Motor Mouth Maybelle character.
The disc’s cover art comes from one of Waters’ fabled Christmas cards.
He creates an original card each year for his friends; this one shows Waters dressed in a tux, sedately opening a gift as the Christmas tree and presents next to him are going up in flames.
“You can tell that’s one of my older cards, I have more hair in that picture,” he said with a laugh.
The image on the back shows a glass Christmas ornament signed by Waters, with a roach encased inside.
This is only the beginning of Waters’ run as a music mogul. He’s already working on another themed compilation, “A Date With John Waters.” He hopes to follow that with “Breaking Up With John Waters.”