The Night Santa Went Crazy

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"The Night Santa Went Crazy"
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Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album Bad Hair Day
B-side"Christmas at Ground Zero"
ReleasedNovember 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)
FormatCD
RecordedDecember 1, 1994
GenreComedy rock, Christmas
Length4:03
LabelScotti Brothers
Songwriter(s)"Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s)"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"Spy Hard"
(1996)
"The Night Santa Went Crazy"
(1996)
"The Saga Begins"
(1999)

"The Night Santa Went Crazy" is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The black comedy Christmas song is performed as a pastiche of "Black Gold" by Soul Asylum. It has melodic references to "Black Gold", "Mama I'm Comin' Home" by Ozzy Osbourne, and "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Greg Lake.

It is the twelfth and final track on the album Bad Hair Day, released as a single during the 1996 Christmas season. "The Night Santa Went Crazy" is on the compilation album The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic. Both albums have received positive critical reviews.

Lyrics[edit]

The song starts with Santa's elves making Christmas presents for good, "Gentile" children. Suddenly, a drunken Santa bursts in with a rifle in his hand, and covered with ammunition. He says, "Merry Christmas to all / Now you're all gonna die!", then proceeds to destroy half of the North Pole, hold the elves and helpers hostage, and kill reindeer. The National Guard and FBI come to restore order. Santa is arrested and locked up in a federal prison, with the possibility of release for good behavior in 700 years. Some reindeer live in fear, the elves get jobs working for the postal service, and Mrs. Claus negotiates film rights for the incident. Santa had gone crazy because he was insulted by milk and cookies being the only reward for all his hard work.

Release[edit]

"The Night Santa Went Crazy" was released as the third and final single from Bad Hair Day on November 26, 1996; the CD single features "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and "Christmas at Ground Zero", another holiday-themed song from Yankovic's 1986 album Polka Party!.[1] The cover art displays the original drawing of Santa Claus by Mark Osborne that inspired Yankovic to write the song.[2] Though the single did not chart upon original release, it later peaked at number 35 on the United States Billboard Holiday Digital Tracks chart in 2010.[3]

An "extra gory" version of the song was included as the third track on the "Amish Paradise" single.[4] In this version, Vixen and Donner are not mentioned (leaving their fate ambiguous), Santa is killed by a member of the SWAT team, and the elves file for unemployment benefits. Another rendition combining elements of the album and the "extra gory" versions was written for Yankovic's Touring with Scissors tour in 1999; it is featured on the "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! video album.[5] He later performed "The Night Santa Went Crazy" on the television variety show Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular.[6][7]

The "Extra Gory" version is on the compilation album The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic,[8] and on the album Medium Rarities.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Night Santa Went Crazy" – 4:03
  2. "Christmas at Ground Zero" – 3:07

Personnel[edit]

These credits are adapted from Bad Hair Day liner notes.[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Holiday Digital Tracks (Billboard)[3] 35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Night Santa Went Crazy (Track listing). "Weird Al" Yankovic. Scotti Brothers Records. 1996. SBCD 78102-2.
  2. ^ "'Ask Al' Q&As for January, 1999". "Weird Al" Yankovic. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Weird Al Yankovic – Chart History: Holiday Digital Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Amish Paradise (Track listing). "Weird Al" Yankovic. Scotti Brothers Records. 1996. 72392 78061-2.
  5. ^ "Weird Al" Yankovic (performer) (1999). "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! (VHS). Volcano Entertainment. 61422 32121 3.
  6. ^ "'Ask Al' Q&As for July, 1999". "Weird Al" Yankovic. Archived from the original on September 2, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Performance on YouTube".
  8. ^ Al's Blog - "The Essential Me"
  9. ^ Bad Hair Day (liner notes). "Weird Al" Yankovic. Scotti Brothers Records. 1996. SBC 5500.