Straight No Chaser's hit 'Twelve Day of Christmas' comes to L.A.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is one of those songs that seems a good idea and then somewhere around the maids-a-milking, everyone desperately wants to abort mission. This and the seemingly nonsensical lyrics have made it a holiday favorite on the comedy circuit.
There's Jeff Foxworthy's redneck version, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre (a few swears), the Muppets with John Denver, Julie Andrews & the King's Singers, a Cajun version and Béla Fleck making all sorts of musical jokes.
The most popular version of all -- at least according to YouTube --is by the a cappella group Straight No Chaser. In 1998, the members made a video of themselves singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at a concert. Nothing much happened.
Then, in December 2007, on newfangled video sharing site called YouTube, millions of viewers discovered Straight No Chaser, one of which was Atlantic Records Chief Executive Craig Kallman, who then signed the group to a record deal.
Now the group is on a 50-city cross-country Christmas tour, which rolls into the Wiltern on Friday night. The concert will be a blend of holiday and pop music.
Keep reading to watch the group's live version of "Twelve Days of Christmas."
If you prefer your Twelve Days straight up, Burl Ives is your man.
-- Marcia Adair
Photo: Straight No Chaser. Credit: Andrew Zaeh.