Holiday Wishes: Voodoo Libido run, runs to Rudolph on CDWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When local rock mainstay Voodoo Libido was asked to contribute to the “Holiday Wishes” project, it jumped at the chance to give back to the community. But the song the band was offered, “Blue Christmas,” just didn’t cut it. It wasn’t rock n’ roll enough for a band as raw as theirs. So, to make it their own, the four band members decided to record a track connected to two of music’s all-time greats — Chuck Berry and Keith Richards.
“Some of the songs, we felt, had been done enough, and we wanted to do something different. And ‘Run, Run Rudolph’ is a Chuck Berry song, but it had been done by Keith Richards years ago, released online as a rarity. So we did his version of it, and I think it came out pretty good,” said longtime Voodoo member John Rockwood.
The resulting track is a rollicking addition to the Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser CD. The song captures the spirit of the holiday and mixes in the anarchy of Voodoo Libido, a group that has been making music together for quite some time.
“Most of us have been playing together for five years — Dave the guitar player and I have been for about 25 years,” Rockwood said. “So, we went in and we did a run-through, we did a take, and we got it on the second take. So it’s pretty raw rock n’ roll, but it’s good.
“It’s kinda like the way the band is. The band’s a roots band, and we didn’t wanna go in and overdub everything. Kinda like the way they used to do it in the old days. Four tracks, go in and get it, and release it the next day.”
The track has been updated with a passing mention of a Lady Gaga doll.
Rockwood said he hopes listeners get enjoyment out of the track and that the project brings smiles to local faces in more ways than one.
“I hope there’s some fun in the holidays,” he said. “And rock n’ roll is part of the holidays. Chuck Berry is one of the great writers. Irving Berlin, Crystal Bowersox and Chuck Berry.”