Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Album: Brain Capers (1971)
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Songfacts®:

  • According to guitarist Mick Ralphs, the title of this song was originated by producer Guy Stevens "simply to sound outrageous." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 7

  • Martianhuman from U.s.On my list of favorite songs, since it came out 1972 (U.S.). It all came back at me karmic-ly when Christmas Eve 2020 I got infected with COVID. Death COULD have been my Santa Claus.... but wasn't!
  • Zebedyzak from UkLester, I totally agree. "Brain Capers" is an absolutely cracking album. Sadly, this one wasn't a very big seller either. I don't even think about punk (punk? what's that? lol) when I listen to it. I think of it as a classic rock album with a delightful air of eccentricity and nonconformity to give it that extra special touch.
  • Zebedyzak from UkThis song is on my list of mondegreens from my school days. I was about 13 or 14 when I bought "Brain Capers" and until I discovered the correct lyrics on the Internet some 30 years later I always thought the lyric "You get all your books from the Corn Exchange" was "You get on the bus from the Corn Exchange". Mott's songs are among those which I (and my sister) often misheard, with amusing results. Lol:)
  • Lester from New York City, NyBrain Capers is a great album. Mick Ralphs sings lead on a cover of Darkness, Darkness.
  • Kevin from Los Angeles, CaActually, Guy Stevens nicked the title from a movie of the same name made in the UK in 1969.
  • Jp from Valley Forge, PaThey had to produce an album to meet contractual agreements. They had done 3 albums before that hadn't sold, were known for their live shows and were deeply in debt. They went into the studio and bashed out an album in a few days. I think I remember reading at the time that it was recorded in "a little time, with a lot of wine." It is as close as they ever came to their live show. An angry predecessor to punk, and the song I play every Friday night to kick off the weekend right.
  • Rod from Logan, NjFirst to comment on a song i never heard in my life
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