The Making of "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

      by Scott Gage



As the year comes to a close, we at ILVMV wanted to send along a little Christmas gift.

In 1995, John Flansburg (of They Might Be Giants) asked Mike if he had a Christmas song for something he was working on and Mike whipped one up and recorded a version for John's Hello CD of the month club.  "Give Me a Second Chance For Christmas" was born.  The song was re-recorded for Let’s Get Christmas with drummer Mike Levesque and bass player Pete Donnelly who had been on the road with Mike through 1999. Together their playing became more intuitive and brought a higher level of improvisation and immediacy to songs old and new.

Here, for the first time, you are allowed behind the scenes to witness the creation of a Christmas classic.  Mike is joined by Pete Donnelly and Mike Levesque at Dae Bennett's Hillside Studios in Engelwood, NJ.  Also onboard providing background are Kelci Bennett, Remy Bennett and Brian Dozoretz.

From Mike:  "A full band electric assault on “All I Want For Christmas Is You” that subsequently leaves the songs lying in shreds follows. “Another perfect pop song. Mariah Carey’s recording was just so overworked, so polished. So we took a shot at it. We were on Columbia at the time and one of the execs who loved Candy Butchers, loved our version of the song and played it for Mariah. She thought it was a joke.”

Merry Christmas!

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