Songs You May Have Missed #525


Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Brave Combo: “Spaghetti (Twist and Twirl)” (2001)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer team with the world’s most versatile band (the fact that Brave Combo played at David Byrne’s wedding speaks to their credentials in that regard) on a most remarkable children’s song.

“Spaghetti (Twist and Twirl)” tells of a creatively frustrated chef whose young patrons are only interested in a single menu item. Fittingly, the song is arranged as a twist. And the lyric is an absolute hoot.

Recommended Albums #32


Brave Combo: It’s Christmas, Man! (1991)

There doesn’t seem to be a single kind of music that Brave Combo can’t play, from polkas (in several languages) to rock, ska, hora, cha chas, rhumbas, salsa, samba, merengue, tango, even Japanese folk songs. This not only makes them a pretty engaging live act but makes for a festive holiday album. On It’s Christmas, Man! they definitely spike the eggnog, rendering familiar classics with a new beat, and mixing in some lighthearted originals, like the Tex-Mex¬†‘Christmas in July’:

Who says Christ was a Capricorn?/Maybe He perhaps was born/On the hottest Sunday of the year

His birthday might have been the time to be/On the beach at Galilee/Watching Him change water into beer

They’d have a Christmas, a summer Christmas/You’d-see-the-Lord-could-surf-without-a-surfboard Christmas

Could it be possible?/Check out the Gospel/This year let’s have Christmas in July

They not only have a way with words, but fare pretty well when they do away with words, as a snazzy, jazzy little ‘Frosty the Snowman’ shows. ‘Feliz Navidad’ as a cumbia? ‘Must be Santa’ as a polka? Why not? Christmas, among other things, is party time.

Listen to: “Must be Santa”

Listen to: “The Christmas Song”

Listen to: “Christmas in July”

Listen to: “Frosty the Snowman”

Listen to: “Feliz Navidad”

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