Monday, December 10, 2018
Sing Along with Santa's Helpers (1959)--A blatant rip-off?
Discogs lists this Tops label LP as by The Pixie Helpers and Santa Claus, but the title says "Santa's Helpers," so that's who I'm crediting. After all, the cover uses big red lettering for "Santa's Helpers" but merely small blue lettering (in a simpler font, too) for "The Pixie Helpers." And so I, myself, can only conclude that "The Pixie Helpers" was intended to modify "Santa's Helpers." As in the sentence, "I got this cool album by Santa's Helpers--or, as some people (who prefer smaller font) might call them, The Pixie Helpers." Sure, arguments can be produced on both sides of the issue--Santa's Helpers vs. The Pixie Helpers and Santa Claus--with the debate going into the a.m. hours, with tempers wearing thin, and chairs and objects tossed, and police called, and people feeling pretty silly after bail is set, and everyone going home with court dates to meet. It's just not worth it.
So, I say it's Santa's Helpers, not "The Pixie Helpers." After all, these guys are helping Santa, not pixies. What would pixies need help for? Being pixies? "I'm having trouble being a pixie. Can someone help me?"--Pixie. Ridiculous.
This is, needless to say, an LP for children. Or, I guess, for parents whose wallets preferred the Tops label over Liberty, where the Chipmunks were booked. So, is this a blatant rip-off of Alvin and the Chipmunks? No. More like an outrageously blatant-to-end-all-blatant-rip-offs rip-off. Good grief. Good thing for Tops that formats can't be copyrighted. Well, allegedly. That's what I'm always told.
And the weird thing is, the Chipmunks' Christmas LP didn't happen until 1962, three years after this.
My copy of this LP is in decent shape, though the jacket is warped and the seams half-shot. But seam tears don't affect scans, so I got a nice image. And I can't believe I just typed "seam tears don't affect scans." That sounds like a weird Scottish dialect or something. "Seam tears don't affect scans." "You don't say." "Aye. Every season 'bout the noo."
Sorry--no disrespect intended. I was in Scotland for three years and heard "noo" and "on the noo" more than once. I was told that "on the noo" means "now." In fact, I heard "Ach (och?) aye the noo," meaning, "Okay on the now," meaning, "Okay for now," meaning, "Okay." And I still haven't given you a reason to download this file. Because I can't think of one!
To the music: Sing Along with Santa's Helpers (Close pop-up page, then hit "Download Now" a second time.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Animal's Christmas Song
O Come All Ye Faithful/Silent Night
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Frosty the Snow Man
The Christmas Song
Joy to the World
Deck the Halls
Sing Along with Santa's Helpers (Tops L1700; 1959)