Thursday, 13 December 2012

LINK: Michael Des Barres Sings Of Skinny Santa

British rock singer-guitarist Michael Des Barres has written and recorded a fun song for the holiday season about Santa Claus on a health kick. Half the proceeds from all sales of "Rock N' Roll Santa" will go to Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization transforming children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools across the country. The song is available on iTunesAmazon and CD Baby.
Des Barres, who is presently promoting a new album, Carnaby Street, has been rockin’ for more than 40 years. On his long and varied résumé, his band Detective was signed by Jimmy Page to Swan Song in the mid-70s; he toured as the frontman for The Power Station in the mid-80s; and wrote the worldwide No. 1 hit “Obsession” for Animotion.
He co-wrote “Rock N' Roll Santa” with his friend and collaborator Paul Ill, and cut it in Los Angeles at Psychedelic Shack studio. Des Barres also played all of the instruments on the track himself.
In the new holiday ditty, Des Barres sings: “Santa got skinny this Christmas time / Coming down the chimney is gonna be fine / Last year was tough all those cookies and stuff / Put out fruit plate, that’ll be enough / Santa looks great / Santa lost weight. He’s a rock n’ roll Santa and he’s getting in shape...”
The video (see below) shows a skinny Santa in his “work-out shoppe.”
“It’s about childhood obesity,” Des Barres told writer Martin Popoff for Samaritanmag.
“I did that gig with Springsteen in New York for Little Kids Rock, a benefit honouring Steve Van Zandt [with the Big Man of the Year award] to raise money to get instruments to these inner-city kids that can’t afford them,” Des Barres says of  the Oct. 16 “Right 2 Rock” concert at Hammerstein Ballroom that also featured Elvis Costello, Southside Johnny and Tom Morello. The event raised over $800,000, according to the Little Kids Rock.
“I got on that [bill] and seeing these kids that are just massive, you know, the diet thing, the nutrition thing, is such an epidemic, that I wrote this thing about how Santa can actually come down the chimney this Christmas eve. It’s terribly important.”

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