Of the thousand ripoffs, variations and versions of Chuck Berry's 1956 hit "Too Much Monkey Business,"
"Don't Believe in Christmas" by Tacoma, WA's pride and joy, the Sonics
, is one of them. I personally have a soft spot for throwaway/ novelty songs by great bands. The idea partly is that you can learn more about a songwriter's process by studying their lesser and unpolished work, but also that a not-stellar song by them will best most others' finest attempts. But then I'm kind of a geek and I was buying bootleg records by the time I was fifteen years old, eager to hear every everything by acts I adored.
I first heard this song by these proto-punk garage rockers as one of the extra tracks on the Brooklyn-based label Norton's excellent 1999 reissue of the Sonics' 1965 debut Here Are the Sonics
. It has made its way onto many a Christmas mix since then, and is extra notable for being a snotty song about the holiday time.