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Duration: 3:33 
Release Date: 1988  (Hollytones) 
Lyrics By: Brian Curtin, Floyd Elliot, John Wheeler (Hollytones) 
Music By: Brian Curtin, Floyd Elliot, John Wheeler (Hollytones) 
Produced By: Brian Curtin (Hollytones) 
Released By: Eaglestone Music/Rhino (Hollytones) 
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“I thought Gridlock Christmas was one of the best Christmas items we received this past holiday season!”
 - Dr. Demento (American Radio Personality)

“For trenchant comment, few Christmas novelties can top “Christmas Is Coming Twice This Year” by the Hollytones.”
- Steven Otfinoski, author, The Golden Age of Novelty Songs

“It takes real musical talent to spoof real musical talent. The Hollytones-a trio of veteran Orange County musicians, plus a large guest cast-pull it off on this charming, well-wrought and impressively varied collection. The album's 14 original Christmas songs work on two levels. There's pop-parody as the Hollytones send up or pay homage to a wide array of styles: Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, vaudevillian crooning and Merle Haggard-style working-man's honky-tonk blues, Beach Boys lofty harmonizing, psychedelic rock and even New Age music. And there are playful, occasionally pointed observations in Yule-related lyrics and skits that range from the gently barbed to the sweetly sentimental.”
-Mike Boehm (The Los Angeles Times)

“Orange County's own Hollytones have hit No. 1 on Dr. Demento's Funny Five with their skewed look at divorce during the holidays, Christmas Is Coming Twice This Year.”
 -Mark Brown (Orange County Register)

- Hollytones
Facts:
  • The Hollytones are Brian Curtin, Floyd Elliot and John Wheeler. They are currently working on their next collection of inspired lunacy,  “Holiday Fever”. (Hollytones)
  • The Gridlock Christmas CD had a limited release in 1992. After many requests, the Hollytones decided to re-release the complete CD in 2007. 
    (Hollytones)

  • “Gridlock Christmas” and “Christmas is coming Twice This Year” were included on Dr. Demento's “Christmas in Dementia” CD on the Rhino Label in 1995. Since then, these two songs have received steady rotation on numerous broadcast, internet and satellite radio stations. (Hollytones)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Christmas Eve at the office, tying up loose ends,
    Before going home to my family, my hearth and a few friends,
    Jumped on the freeway, Gee what a mistake,
    I’ve sat here for hours, how long will this take?

    I’m having Gridlock Christmas,
    With people I don’t even know,
    Though friends and family can’ be here,
    We’ll have good old Christmas cheer,
    And carols on the car radio,

    Someone’s built a bonfire in the fast lane,
    Folks gathering ‘round its cheery amber light,
    They’ll all stranded just like me,
    Oh, what a place to be,
    Huddled on the freeway singing Silent Night,

    I’m having Gridlock Christmas,
    With people I don’t even know,
    Though friends and family can’ be here,
    We’ll have good old Christmas cheer,
    And carols on the car radio,

    People opening car trunks filled with boxes,
    Presents bright and shiny from the mall,
    Exchanging gifts, exchanging names,
    You know, it’s kind of strange,
    We’re having a dandy Christmas after all,

    I’m having Gridlock Christmas,
    With people I don’t even know,
    Though friends and family can’ be here,
    We’ll have good old Christmas cheer,
    And carols on the car radio,

    “That semi over there is filled with groceries,”
    “And that flatbed’s loaded down with Christmas trees,”
    “ And our motor-home has an oven for the turkey,”
    “Looks like we’ve got everything we need,”

    You all know the words now,
    So the next time it comes around, I want everybody to sing, okay?

    I’m having Gridlock Christmas, (That’s very good),
    With people I don’t even know, (You over there in the Edsel, SING OUT!).
    Though friends and family can’ be here, (oh yes I LOVE IT!!),
    We’ll have good old Christmas cheer, (SING!!!!),
    And carols on the car radio.



    © 1988 Eaglestone Music

    (Hollytones)
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