Spongebob Soundtrack One of 2012′s Best Christmas Albums

Courtesy:  Viacom International, Inc./Nickelodeon

Courtesy: Viacom International, Inc./Nickelodeon

The soundtrack to the new Spongebob Christmas special, It’s a Spongebob Christmas is one of the best Christmas albums of 2012.  This compilation of songs is fun and original.  It takes listeners through the recent TV special and takes listeners on a ride through the world of pop music at the same time.  The album’s opener, ‘Don’t Be A Jerk (It’s Christmas)’ is a great start to this album that will entertain parents and kids alike.  Spongebob, voiced by Tom Kenny, sings of being polite during the holiday season in a variety of ways.  From something as simple as using the proper checkout lane at the supermarket to generally being polite to others and respectful towards others’ belongings and more, this song both entertains and sends a very important message to its listeners.  The song’s traditional Christmas sound makes it even more entertaining.

The album’s enjoyment keeps up after its opener in the rockabilly style of ‘Christmas Eve Jitters.’  The general musical vibe of this song will quickly conjure thoughts of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and any number of other rockabilly/Americana style artists of days gone by.  Lyrically, it’s just as entertaining.  It does a very good job expressing the excitement and joy that any child feels anticipating Christmas morning.  Spongebob sings, “It’s the night before Christmas/And all through my little pad/Not a creature is stirring/Not even mom and dad/But I’m lying here wide awake/No it ain’t the heebeejeebees/nor the eggnog shake/I’ve got the Christmas Eve jitters tonight.”  That opening line sets the tone for the rest of the song.  It does an excellent job of expressing not only Spongebob’s excitement, but it mirrors the feeling that any young listener has on Christmas Eve.  It makes for one more enjoyable song on this album.

It’s a Spongebob Christmas Album has more than its share of enjoyable songs for the entire family.  Though if there’s at least one that really stands out, it’s the country/western Christmas tune, ‘Ho Ho Hoedown.’  Voice actress Carolyn Lawrence voices Spongebob’s friend, Sandy Cheeks as she sings what Christmas is like in the old Lonestar State.  She sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s a Ho Ho Hoedown/Where jingle bells will ring/It’s a down home country Christmas/With a dash of Western swing/Tis the season to be jolly/Like a rodeo clown/Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Hoedown.”  Even if a person isn’t a Country/Western fan, this is a song that will still be as entertaining as any other on the special’s soundtrack.

While ‘Ho Ho Hoedown’, ‘Christmas Eve Jitters’ and ‘Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas)’ are all great songs for the whole family, this soundtrack offers no fewer than nine other songs that will have the kids singing happily right up to Christmas.  Even parents might find themselves unexpectedly humming some of the tunes.  And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, either.  The songs here are enjoyable and will be every holiday season no matter how many times they get played and by whom.  It’s a Spongebob Christmas Album is available in stores and online now.

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Nickelodeon, CBS Present New Spongebob Special, Album

Courtesy: Nickelodeon

With Thanksgiving only days away, many people are looking forward to the second half of the holiday season and the arrival of Christmas.  One of the most beloved traditions of the holidays is sitting down to watch the annual holiday specials on television.  CBS will have a new holiday special this year in the form of a new Spongebob Squarepants special called, It’s a Spongebob Christmas.  Along with the new special, there will be a soundtrack available for parents to pick up for their kids, too.  In anticipation of both, the special’s lead song has been released. The song, which was co-written by Tom Kenny and Andy Paley even has a video to go with it. 

The video for ‘Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas) was the winner of the 2008 Built By Me Movie contest. The contest in question is held by Lego and Nickelodeon.  It features Spongebob and his friends celebrating the holiday season all while Spongebob sings.  It can be viewed here now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVOPRCnc8r4.  And families can even follow along with the lyrics right here, too!

DON’T BE A JERK (IT’S CHRISTMAS)

(Andy Paley & Tom Kenny)

BRING JOY TO THE WORLD IT’S THE THING TO DO
BUT THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU
DON’T BE A JERK
IT’S CHRISTMAS

THERE’S A SIGN ABOVE THE LINE THAT SAYS “EXPRESS”
THAT MEANS TEN ITEMS OR LESS
DON’T BE A JERK
IT’S CHRISTMAS

BE NICE TO BABIES AND ANIMALS
OLD FOLKS TOO
‘CAUSE THAT’S HOW YOU’D LIKE THEM TO TREAT YOU
USE TURN SIGNALS DON’T SCREEN MY CALLS
DON’T WRECK THE HOUSE WHEN YOU DECK THE HALLS

SPIT YOUR GUM WHERE IT WON’T WIND UP ON MY SHOE
SQUEEZE TOOTHPASTE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TUBE
DON’T BE A JERK
IT’S CHRISTMAS

(solo)

WHEN OTHERS ARE TALKING NEVER INTERRUPT
DON’T PUT PEOPLE DOWN AND LEAVE THE TOILET SEAT UP
IT’S THE TIME FOR FAMILY AND HOLLY AND TURKEY
‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY NOT JERKY
(JOLLY NOT JERKY)

DON’T DIG IN THE CEREAL BOX FOR GOODNESS SAKES
TAKE THE PRIZE AND LEAVE ME NOTHIN’ BUT FLAKES
DON’T BE A JERK
IT’S CHRISTMAS

SANTA BROUGHT NEARLY EVERY GIFT ON YOUR LIST
WHY WHINE ABOUT THE ONE THAT HE MISSED?
DON’T BE A JERK
IT’S CHRISTMAS

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