Huntington Beach folk-pop lovelies Honeypie tackle the totally un-PC Christmas classic "Santa Baby" with understated aplomb. The recording is spare, just Trisha Smith's girlish vocals and Ryan Radcliff's reverb-soaked guitar picking. It may not be an earth-shattering rendition (Cynthia Basinet's and Eartha Kitt's versions clearly loom large in Smith's conception of the vocals), but it beats the hell out of Madonna's Betty Boop impersonation.
The lyrics may be tongue-in-cheek (and probably were even in 1953), but there is something to be said for making a particularly outlandish list, if you have a special Santa who at least WANTS you to get everything you ask for.
What's the best gift you've ever gotten?
Trisha Smith: Hmm... that's a tough one. I would have to say my iPod, because I love having so much music available all the time! But that answer is going to change because the best gift is coming this year. My sister is due to have a baby on Christmas Day, so my new favorite gift ever will be my niece.
What do you want from Santa this year?
What do you love most about the holiday season?
Smith: Pumpkin pie and Christmas lights.
Were you naughty or nice this year?
Why did you pick this song? What's so special about it?
Ryan Radcliff: I like the playfulness of the lyrics, and the opportunity to put a spin on a song that is usually played in a traditional jazz way.
What's your favorite Christmas memory?
Radcliff: I remember Christmas in New York when the snow was falling everywhere. I also remember receiving cool toys like Batman dolls and G.I. Joe action figures and getting gifts from relatives that I didn't really know.