Lord Nelson – A Party for Santa Claus [National Record Company, 1963]
There’s something seductively contrary about Christmas songs in a calypso style, a clash of mental imagery that shouldn’t really work. But Christmas is a celebration, and there’s none more celebratory than this soca classic from Tobago’s Lord Nelson. It’s based around the most joyously Caribbean rendition of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town you’ll ever hear, and states the case for giving Santa some time off this year and taking him out clubbing for a wee treat. Unashamedly fun and open-hearted, this should have all the generations dancing round the (palm) tree.