THE CROSSFIRES – Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer (1964)

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To be honest, I am not a big fan of Christmas songs, but this one is different. THE CROSSFIRES recorded this novelty kinda tune in late 1964. It´s a story about a shopping-mall Santa and a little boy with a huge list of things he wants for Christmas, but listen for yourself.

THE CROSSFIRES were a band led my Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. Flo & Eddie. They changed their name to THE TURTLES in 1965. The song was also released on the TURTLES album “Happy together again – The Turtles` greatest hits” (Sire Records, 1974). On that double-LP the band states that the song was recorded Dec. 1963 and so must be “the first skateboard song ever waxed”, but that´s proven wrong, if you take a look at the original recording sheets printed in the booklet of the Crossfires` “Out of Control” CD. The sheets say recorded Nov 23, 1964.

Merry Christmas!


  1. That “was” out of control. I like it!

  2. Nice one. I can’t believe the band that became the Turtles recorded Santa and the Sidewalk Surfer. “Happy Together” is a great song. There was a punk outfit in the burbs of Chicago that covered it, I thing they were called “God.”

  3. Here´s what the TURTLES wrote about it on the insert of their “Happy together again” DoLP:

    “If they’ve gotten this far, they owe it to themselves to hear it [...] of course it’s dumb and of course it’s silly, but after listening to 28 other cuts, I hope they still believe in us.”

  4. Ha, that’s pretty funny.

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