In our series of continuing to share some tid-bits of trivia about Tone Def Tony, the band, and the folks behind I GOT PISSED WITH SANTA CLAUS, here’s a little insight into the man responsible for the crazy lyrics and how they got written.
The hottest summer since 1976 seems a really odd setting for writing a Christmas song, but Donnelly is actually old enough to remember that summer – and the brutally cold Winter that followed! For those that know Donnelly, although he’s not a fan of Christmas, he sings Christmas songs all year round. It’s annoying. It’s silly. But he does it anyway! He doesn’t do it to be an arse, he just really likes Christmas songs. A strange quirk, I guess.
Flashback in time for a minute… The turn of the millennium. Donnelly was living in the US of A and came up with some fun lyrics for a spoof World Cup Song (CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN) which he ended up producing with his late, old school mate, Richard Eyre, with mixed success. As they were developing the song, Richard happened to mention that Christmas songs were also a good avenue for ‘one hit wonders’. Back then no lyrics were forthcoming, but the seed was planted in Donnelly’s mind. How cool would it be to have his own Christmas song?
It took almost 18 years for that seed to germinate. Whilst promoting his old chestnut of a World Cup Song, sat in his garden sunbathing, guess what happened? Yep, that’s right, he got a cosmic download of the song lyrics! First it was just the first line of the chorus, as he mused about getting drunk with Santa Claus (as you do, right?) and then the whole lot just whooshed into his pea-brain! Not being very musical, he had to record it so he didn’t forget the tune.
At their monthly poker meet up, the song was shared with Finch and Davey, and the rest, as they say, is history…
Until Next Time!