“John Flansburg asked me if I had a Christmas song for something he was working on and I whipped one up and recorded a version for his Hello CD of the month club.” “Never knew I had it in me.” Give Me a Second Chance For Christmas was rerecorded 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.
The EP spins wildly, weirdly into an acoustic kitchen recording of Mike singing the Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way” -“I had this neighbor, this little kid, who would face his boom box out into my garden when he heard me working on music. He’s always crank the Backstreet Boys record, that song, over and over. It’s a great song. I figured it out on acoustic and played it back to him. Freaked him out. Never played it again.”
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.”