11/30/12

JINGLE ALL THE WAY [1996]

Jingle All the Way - Movie Posters


Jingle All The Way is not a good movie but it has it's fans - most of them are under twelve years old or were when they viewed the film for the first time.  HERC was over 12 when he saw it and cannot recommend it.  


The film has a solid supporting cast including Sinbad, Jim Belushi, Rita Wilson, Phil Hartman, Martin Mull, Robert Conrad and young Anakin Skywalker but HERC has no love for the celluloid career of star Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Except for the two examples below:



To paraphrase the great young poet R. Black, "It's Friday" and today on the Hideaway Film Festivus, HERC is proud to present the songs from the soundtrack of Jingle All The Way.


There are a few holiday standards on this soundtrack, classic songs performed by the artists they are most associated with including Bobby Helms, Charles Brown, Chuck Berry and Clarence Carter.  Familiar performances all but within the context of the rest of the songs on the soundtrack, they sound evergreen, timeless.





Most notably, the soundtrack introduced the Brian Setzer Orchestra to the Christmas music scene with four blazing big band tracks featuring guest vocalists Lou Rawls and Darlene Love.  Six long years after his seasonal offerings appeared on Jingle All The Way, Setzer released the first of his Holiday album, Boogie Woogie Christmas, featuring three of the songs from the earlier soundtrack in slightly different versions with Brian handling vocals.


For HERC, the killer track on the soundtrack album is the Sammy Hagar co-write "Deep In The Heart Of Xmas" which is the final track.  Backed by Setzer and his cool cats, Darlene Love gives a jazzy, spirited performance that can only be found on the soundtrack album.  Fortunately, Songza has the album and HERC created a playlist containing the entire original soundtrack CD, a couple of other songs form the film and a few bonus Holiday cuts from the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

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