For the past five or so years, Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys have been performing Something Strange, their music and burlesque tribute to Tim Burton's iconic film The Nightmare Before Christmas. I've (somehow) only made it to one performance of it, but it's an absolutely delightful live reimagining of a holiday classic done in a way that only Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys can. Obviously the show didn't happen last year, but this year saw the return of Something Strange last weekend. This week saw the release of "Making Christmas," Sickert and their band's cover from the performance. It's a wonderful version of the song that stays quite true to the original, and if you love the band or the film, you're going to love this. The Army of Broken Toys perfectly capture the joy and playful menace of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I've been wishing for a release from this show, so this is particularly special for me.
You can listen to "Making Christmas" below. The song is available now as a free download via Bandcamp. For more on Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken toys, check out the artist's website.