03 December: Brian Hyland: It's Christmas Time Once Again

Published December 03, 2013

Yesterday, The Staple Singers asked who took the merry out of Christmas, and perhaps Brian Hyland might be a candidate. At least, his cynical take on "the season to be jolly" doesn't offer much merriment.

Brian Hyland was one of those American artists that filled the early Sixties gap between Elvis going into the army and The Beatles arriving on the scene, according to The Official History Of Rock And Roll™. Mr Hyland's biggest hit was his 1960 number one 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini'. By the late Sixties, Hyland and his cohorts weren't doing so well anymore, but most of them were still recording and it's kind of interesting to hear them trying to find a place within genres such as psychedelia or, as in this case, folk-pop-with-a-message.

It's Christmas Time Once Again was released in 1967, and, well, I guess Brian Hyland didn't seal his Christmas presents with a kiss that year.

Listen here.

Brian Hyland: It's Christmas Time Once Again.