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At last, due to lack of demand, we have assembled the Doubtful Palace's annual holiday songs into one tasty but indigestible package. Grab that leftover turkey leg, pour the last bit of flat champagne into that dirty mug, and take a nosedive into nostalgia, one year at a time. Hardened DoubtPalistas will know a few of these tunes, but, for reasons that will soon be abundantly clear, many of them have never been made available to the public before.

Thanks go to Mark Wilcox for the nifty drawing!


   

songs


2013  

Mystery Fix: We Three Kings.
They don't make rubber cigars like they used to.
Download (4.8 MB)


2012  

Shalmaneser: Good King Wenceslas.
Good king Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen
Turned his knickers inside out 'cause his bum was freezin'
--British schoolchildren's version
Download (2.3 MB)


2011  

Leonard Kringle: Suzanta. I understand that the Bengals have improved recently. Sorry, Bengals fans! And Leonard Cohen fans.
Download (8.0 MB)


2009  

Conjure Wife: The Christmas Song. The Copper Family song, not the Mel Torme song.
Download (4.8 MB)


2008  

Mercaptan: Linus And Lucifer. It's not really that satanic. And you can still dance to it Peanuts-style.
Download (4.5 MB)


2007  

Mercaptan: Joy To The World. "The peasants believe that if a husband and wife sleep together on the 25th of March the child must be born on Christmas Eve—and this child will inevitably turn out to be a Kaous. Its habits? It circulates mostly after dark croaking over and over again: 'Feathers or lead? Feathers or lead?'" —Lawrence Durrell, Reflections on a Marine Venus.
Download (3.6 MB)


2006  

Shalmaneser: Ding Dong! Merrily On High. Dutifully prime.
Download (3.5 MB)


2005  

Mercaptan: Brother North-Wind's Secret. Santa didn't bring us any Christmas song ideas this year. We understand--after all, there's a war on--but nevertheless, we were forced to shift our holiday attention to the vernal equinox. (If you want to know what Brother North-Wind's Secret is, you'll have to read this).
Download (5.1 MB)


2004  

Tim Walters: Veni, Veni Emmanuel. eVVeeeVneineeinin,i iv v,,evveneeiin ini i imEEEmEmmmmmmmnanaaaneneuelue lll aaapapatppttiitvvitivuvivmumu uum s s sossslvooloellvl vvI eIIs IrIIsrrsarrraeellal lQllQ Quu QQuuui giii ee e mgegmimtit it tit i ii iine enexexieiiixliiliolioi ioo oo P irrivrvviaavivvatvutaautttts sus D DDe eiie ei e if iiifiliiiillooiiG oGoaG GGuGadaueue,de,, gaga aggguuadadeeeedd ! E E EEEmEmmmmaammnnamnannunneuulel e n nn ann nnnnccaaesstctteuetuttrur ru ppp pprpr oroto eeete,t,, ,ee ,I IIs rIrarrreereallaeelelelll.ll
Download (3.9 MB)


2003  

Pledge Drive: Christmas Rhapsody. From A Silent Night At The Opera. Kris Kringle! No! Do not give him coal!
Special guest vocal appearance by One Of Each: Scott Adler, David Bender, Lisa Gallien, David Taylor (lead). Guitar: David Hearst. Bass: Craig McFarland. Piano: Chris Now. Drums: Steve Rosenthal. Spot vocals, recorder, sleigh bells: Tim Walters. Lyrics by Steve and Tim.
Download (8.2 MB)


2002  

Mercaptan: Entsprungen. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Mercaptan by any other name would not. Make this version of "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" part of your fragrant Christmas. Craig McFarland: bass. Greg Robles: guitar.
Download (2.2 MB)


2001  

Mercaptan: Invisible Mistletoe. Megan Lynch sings this terrific Franklin Bruno song.
Download (1.8 MB)


2000  

Slaw: Silent Night. Yes, it's supposed to sound like that.
Download (2.0 MB)


1999  

Pledge Drive: Fool For Yule. Hates Christmas. Loves Yule. A subtle but important distinction. Rebecca Marculescu (voice); Glenn Schoonmaker (guitar); Tim Walters (voice, etc.).
Download (4.6 MB)


1998  

Pledge Drive: Cherry Tree Carol. The one with all the time signature changes, not the one with the really syrupy tune. Rebecca Marculescu (voice); Tim Walters (instruments).
Download (4.8 MB)


1997  

Slaw: Jingle Bells. This one also has lots of time signature changes. For that matter, it has the same personnel. So why is it a different band? Long story. Don't worry about it. Rebecca Marculescu (voice); Tim Walters (instruments).
Download (2.4 MB)


1996  

The Damnation Army: Sangre de Santa. This song would later turn up (in a rather different arrangement) on Pledge Drive's I Gave At The Office album. This is the original version, recorded live in the studio the day it was written. Kevin Turner (bass); Michael Van Landingham (drum); Cory Verbin (organ); Tim Walters ("voice").
Download (1.7 MB)


1995  

Conjure Wife: Down In The Forest. A dark and slightly confused Yuletide nightmare. It has something to do with the Fisher King. Maybe. Mike Freitas (drums); Leigh Ann Hussey (voice, fiddle); Tim Walters (dulcimer, synthesizer).
Download (4 MB)


1994  

Circular Firing Squad: Reindeer Stew. We come in peace. Please don't sue us.
Download (3.9 MB)


1993  

Slaw: Jingle Bells. The very first Doubtful Palace holiday track. If you've made it this far, our congratulations. Or our sympathies. Take your pick.
Download (4.4 MB)


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