Hilly Kristal, Mud Christmas Collection

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

A merry melange of animal noises, bouncing synths and Kristal's bullfrog vocals, "Mud Christmas" is the weird story of a wiggly pig with a fondness for mud. The manager of such storied New York clubs as the Village Vanguard and CBGBs, Kristal first recorded a folk version of this song in 1976 as a B-Side for the CBGBs Christmas Single. This newer version stays true to the lighthearted spirit of the original, even if it shucks the gentle guitars in favor of a thumping dance beat.