Do you like MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER?

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And their electro Christmas jams?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Sunday, 25 December 2005 08:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 25 December 2005 09:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't mind

dali madison's nut (donut), Sunday, 25 December 2005 22:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I once visited Chip Davis' recording studio. I touched his Grammy. His music is the worst shit ever.

honest alamo, Monday, 26 December 2005 05:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

jbr to thread right?

nervous (cochere), Monday, 26 December 2005 05:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no

inger lynde (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 26 December 2005 05:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

my dad was playing this today.

poortheatre (poortheatre), Monday, 26 December 2005 10:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Great feature piece by Jody Rosen in the Times magazine about them last Sunday, Tim; you should check it out. Made them sound pretty prog, and I wasn't aware of the C.W. McCall connection til now. I have never knowingly heard them, myself.

xhuxk, Monday, 26 December 2005 12:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no way. it actually makes me mad to hear it.

deadair (deadair), Monday, 26 December 2005 13:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Wait, wait, wait....Chip Davis did CONVOY?!?!

mystery girl Pappa found on some random pervy blog (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 19 December 2008 05:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

omfg every xmas with this shit

t/s that paul mccartney simply having a wonderful christmastime song vs. mannheim steamroller

TOMBOT, Friday, 19 December 2008 05:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Chip Davis went to my high school and came back to teach band once.

TEENAGE DIALECTICS (libcrypt), Friday, 19 December 2008 06:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

While we revive this thread for our mandatory pledge break, be sure to drop by the web store and pick up the Mannheim Steamroller-themed body wash, hot chocolate and chutney, and grilling kit!

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 24 September 2012 03:51 (five years ago) Permalink

They give me strong creeps.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Monday, 24 September 2012 04:10 (five years ago) Permalink

the worst.

gesange der yuengling (crüt), Monday, 24 September 2012 04:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh man, I was stuck in a car with my Dad and his Mannheim Steamroller CD a few Christmas' ago on a long trip. I was ready to go on a killing spree afterwards.

MikoMcha, Monday, 24 September 2012 08:53 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Memories or whatever. xhuxk mentioned Jody Rosen's piece above so:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/magazine/18christmas.html

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Meantime I had a vent on them back in 2007 as part of a larger piece

http://www.ocweekly.com/2007-12-20/music/silent-night-please/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:17 (four years ago) Permalink

The photo from the NYT piece is gold, though:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/12/14/magazine/18christmas.450.jpg

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Plus this:

The headquarters of Chip Davis's musical empire occupy three sprawling low-slung warehouses 10 miles north of downtown Omaha. Davis moved his business here in 1983, and American Gramaphone, now a 50-employee operation, retains a folksy feel. Many of Davis's top staff members are old friends; Brian Ackley, the company's chief operating officer, is Davis's former recording engineer, and he still occasionally breaks from his executive duties to do a session behind the mixing board. When I arrived, on an unseasonably sultry morning in October, I was greeted by Dan Wieberg, the director of promotion. "Welcome to the only record label in the United States that has suffered turkey damage," he said, gesturing to the parking lot where a flock of wild turkeys once attacked several company cars.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:31 (four years ago) Permalink

mannheim steamroller's christmas album is just the worst shit. i still think it's the only music i've ever heard by them. i just remember it as the bumper music for a million commercial breaks on local tv and radio in chicago.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 9 December 2013 19:33 (four years ago) Permalink

It really is the worst shit, but I voluntarily listened to a lot of that shit this weekend. Christmas music just completely shuts down my critical faculties.

Snausage Party (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 December 2013 19:35 (four years ago) Permalink

I can nearly make it through this song if I keep my teeth clamped down on my tongue hard enough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwQw1S6SyYg

horrible christmas albums are horrible

Milton Parker, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

you'll bleed less if you play this at the same time

http://miracleofnature.org/blog/silly-sounding-goofbird

Milton Parker, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:42 (four years ago) Permalink

hell's soundtrack

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 9 December 2013 19:43 (four years ago) Permalink

I muttered this on FB but the thing is that Davis has all sorts of roots in the same general private-release/proto-new-age stew that I Am the Center talks about. Per Jody's piece and elsewhere, Mannheim Steamroller itself was chugging along as a prog-lite project for about ten years before the first Xmas album and like so many acts he pretty much started releasing records on his own because nobody else would, even after the "Convoy" breakout. The Fresh Aire are all essentially pleasantly anonymous but at least they're pleasant (linking the first of them from 1975 here):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u81lqZm9aZg

...and at least at the time of Jody's piece he was still focusing in on that and questions of healing music (again, pretty heavily spelled out through the I Am the Center notes as a common theme):

Davis has long had a taste for the mystical. His eight albums in the "Fresh Aire" series include meditations on space travel, Greek mythology, the power of the number 7 and, in the series finale, "Fresh Aire 8," a consideration of the "8 Topics of Infinity." His current passion involves "psychoacoustics" and healing: recording nature sounds and packaging them with music into something called the Ambient Therapy System, a device Davis invented, which is currently being tested in a local Omaha hospital and at the Mayo Clinic. You can hear both Davises - the hardheaded entrepreneur and the New Age shaman - when he talks about the project. "The A.T.S. is such a worthy cause. It has huge business potential. And huge upside healing potential."

So yeah, comes across as a weird hybrid of George Lucas and Thomas Kinkade in impact.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:49 (four years ago) Permalink

one time my girlfriend was mad at me for some reason or another and during our argument i secretly used my iphone remote to play Deck The Halls on the stereo. she started cracking up and we made up. TOTAL CLASSIC

diamonddave85, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:51 (four years ago) Permalink

And you gotta love Wikipedia:

The group appeared in the 2011 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, playing their version of "Deck the Halls." (As is typical of the performances of the parade, the band pantomimed to the studio recording of the tune. This was especially noticeable in the 2013 "performance" when it was clear that the bass player wasn't bothering to move his fingers.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2013 19:51 (four years ago) Permalink

one time my girlfriend was mad at me for some reason or another and during our argument i secretly used my iphone remote to play Deck The Halls on the stereo. she started cracking up and we made up. TOTAL CLASSIC

― diamonddave85, Monday, December 9, 2013 1:51 PM (20 minutes ago) Bookmark

hahahahaha! there's no fighting when the MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER comes through!

sweat pea (La Lechera), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:12 (four years ago) Permalink

BWAA BWAA BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
deedlydeedlydeedlydeedly
BWAA BWAA BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Snausage Party (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Mannheim Steamroller is the soundtrack to Ayn Rand riding a sleigh driven by robotic reindeer.

Snausage Party (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:14 (four years ago) Permalink

As I said on Ned's FB post. GOUGE MY FUCKING EARDRUMS OUT WITH A SHIV. I don't get what the fuck this asshole is trying to do with his "music".

Nerd Trombones (thebingo), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:17 (four years ago) Permalink

a taste for the mystical my ass. straight out garbage.

Nerd Trombones (thebingo), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:18 (four years ago) Permalink

he is trying to inspire people to feel the spirit of the season, mr violent! cmon, feel the sonorant deluge of emotion!

sweat pea (La Lechera), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:18 (four years ago) Permalink

gives me a deluge of anger.

Nerd Trombones (thebingo), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:19 (four years ago) Permalink

almost as good as Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Nerd Trombones (thebingo), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:20 (four years ago) Permalink

feel it wash over you like the skin dust of a hundred thousand old people

sweat pea (La Lechera), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:23 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm less baffled by MS's existence than I am by the fact that they became holiday radio staples.

Snausage Party (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 December 2013 20:24 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

never knowingly heard a note by these guys but P4K today descibing them as a "Kraftwerk-goes-Christmas holiday electro ensemble" makes them sound like the best thing ever

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 5 February 2015 12:44 (two years ago) Permalink

They are not. They are more like Paul McCartney's Christmas song stretched over an entire career.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 February 2015 12:48 (two years ago) Permalink

This thread could not be anymore American.

Bob (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 February 2015 12:51 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

'TIS THE SEASON

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68j6Ceof8QQ

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 30 November 2015 16:37 (two years ago) Permalink

I used to get nauseous listening to MS playing at my in-laws, who loved them. Not even kidding.

Jazzbo, Monday, 30 November 2015 16:40 (two years ago) Permalink

i feel like i need to be wearing a ridiculous colorful long coat when i hear MS

brimstead, Monday, 30 November 2015 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

He married a really good friend of mine from undergrad, who was like 20 years his junior. She was gorgeous and the marriage failed. I think she interned at AG.

Worst, most awful music ever.

Thomas H. Handy (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 02:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it sucks. I reviewed a Christmas show years ago; editor headed it "Yule and Unusual Punishment." The couple behind me in horrible sweaters fell asleep. There was a Santa's Village with elves, iirc, and at one point Chip showed home movies of his kids.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 03:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Their gift shop is amazing:
http://store.mannheimsteamroller.com/Gifts/b/2492815011?ie=UTF8&title=Gifts

they've reached Rankin-Bass 'Leprechaun's Christmas Gold' levels where they ran out of Christmas shit and started branching out into other holidays

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social justice warriors... come out to play (Abbott), Tuesday, 1 December 2015 04:06 (two years ago) Permalink

God I hate this shit ...

빨간 럼 ఎరుపు రమ్ רום אדום (Eisbaer), Saturday, 12 December 2015 01:00 (two years ago) Permalink

if they ever remake silent night deadly night this should soundtrack the killings

nomar, Saturday, 12 December 2015 01:05 (two years ago) Permalink

The music itself should be the weapon maybe

nomar, Saturday, 12 December 2015 01:06 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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