Various Artists

It's a Waffle House Christmas

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It's a Waffle House Christmas (2001) is the second CD issued by the restaurant chain spearheaded by Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, a pair arguably best remembered by pop music enthusiasts for their one-off novelty hit "Pac Man Fever." They personalize a handful of Christmas traditionals, also adding a few of their own melodies into the mix. While not penned by the duo, the R&B-meets-reggae slow jam "I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas" from legendary Stax singer/songwriter Eddie Floyd could be considered a modern holiday classic. There are only slight lyrical alterations on standards such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the Halls"; however, several other well-known seasonal songs have been given significant overhauls. Under the tongue-in-cheek guise of "the Four Seasonings," the upbeat and handclapping "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" bears an unmistakable resemblance to the Frankie Valli-led Four Seasons. "The Waffle House 12 Days of Christmas" is a humorous spoken word piece with Bill "The King" Hoger weaving a tale of Christmas Eve hunger pangs. The disc is not just Waffle House adverts, though, as another original is Angela Adams' soulful ballad "This Year I'll Give You All My Heart" and Merry Welch's contemporary country-flavored "Heading Home for the Holidays." The final five selections are presented sans vocals à la karaoke style for those who like to sing along. Even though the Waffle House chain operates more than 1,400 restaurants in 25 states, this CD is exclusively available via mail order on their Internet site, www.wafflehouse.com.

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