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'Ground Control to Santa Claus' is out of control funny

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It's one thing to pen a parody of a hit song.

It's quite another to take on an entire genre and a season in one fell swoop.

But that's precisely what Joel Kopischke has done with his self-effacing effort, Ground Control To Santa Claus.

This is one seriously, laugh-out-loud, rib-tickling and funny take on Christmas and other Holidays in song.

Many of the 13 cuts on this CD will surely take their rightful place alongside 'The Barking Dogs,' 'The Singing Cats' and 'Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.'

The premise sounds simple enough.

Just take a familiar pop tune from the last few decades or so and come up with clever, holiday-related lyrics.

Simple for the multi-talented Kopischke, perhaps, but not so easy for the rest of us (on Festivus).

The title cut, an homage to David Bowie's classic, Major Tom, is, appropriately, out of this world.

There's Thank God I'm a Santa Boy (a takeoff of John Denver) and Kopischke takes a bite out of an ubiquitous Neil Diamond lilt and turns it into Sweet Caroling (bomp, bomp, bomp).

But Kopischke is just getting started.

He borrows from Dean Martin (That's a Menorah), Barry Manilow (North Pole Cabana), Mumfor & Sons (Hopeless Wrapper) and other familiar artists.

This CD may have you swapping out the lyrics next time you hear the original cuts on the radio.

It is available for purchase and/or download at

It'll make a great gift for my brother on his birthday which is on (you guessed it) Christmas Day.

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