Reverend Horton Heat

Saturday, December 23, at Gypsy Tea Room

If your holidays are less like a Hallmark card and more like an outtake from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, load up on eggnog, pack up the mistletoe and celebrate the season with true, kindred spirits. Reverend Horton Heat, the man (James C. Heath), the myth and the band, which was born in Deep Ellum in 1985, will return home to spread their Christmas spirit. A decade after releasing The Full Custom Gospel Sound of the Reverend Horton Heat, which was produced by the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes, the psychobilly kingpins converted their spiritual convictions with We Three Kings (the other two being Jimbo Wallace and Scott Churilla), a full-blown Christmas album that decked the halls with such standards as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Silver Bells," as well as swinging covers of Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" and Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run." Considering the band once bore gifts of "400 Bucks" and "Bales of Cocaine," it's a miracle the celebratory album wasn't the aural equivalent of a lump of coal in the stocking. O come, all ye faithful, and Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em.

 
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