Remixing the Holidays with Run-D.M.C.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

As we celebrate the holidays this season, The Takeaway is bringing you our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. Throughout the month, we’re talking with musicians, actors, experts and listeners about the best and worst songs of the season.

For the fourth installment in the series, John Hockenberry speaks with Darryl "D.M.C" McDaniels, a hip-hop pioneer and one of the founding members of Run-D.M.C. Back in 1987, the group did something unusual for hip hop artists — they released a Christmas single titled, "Christmas in Hollis," sampling holiday classics like "Joy to the World," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Back Door Santa." It went on to become a classic itself, and has been featured in movies and popular television programs.


Darryl "D.M.C" McDaniels

Produced by:

Jay Cowit, Arwa Gunja and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Back Door Santa which was sampled in Christmas In Hollis, is a pretty great song on its own

Dec. 20 2012 11:15 AM
Kim Hunter from Detroit

I had forgotten about this. Takes me back to another world. I want to suggest going back even further with song that is just as much as cultural non sequitur:"We Wanna See Santa do the Mambo" by Big John Greer a request for a mythical Nordic person to do a (then trendy) Afro - Latin dance, only in America. See it on YouTube

Dec. 20 2012 10:08 AM

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