Sunday, December 18, 2011

Countdown to Christmas: Zat You, Santa Claus? (1987)

Lounge lizard Buster Poindexter, the alter-ego of actor-singer David Johansen (New York Dolls), was a hot ticket in 1987. Literally. "Hot Hot Hot", though, was the peak of Buster's run, which capped a couple of years later with a cover of Ray Charles' "Hit the Road, Jack" for the movie, "The Dream Team".

In December of '87, Poindexter was chosen to record MTV's annual Christmas single. "Zat You Santa Claus" features the obligatory cameo by MTV personnel of the period, but it also represented the beginning of the end of that annual tradition.


Crhymethinc said...

With a voice like that, he could compete with Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

hobbyfan said...

That was the idea at the time. Sad to say, Johansen has retired Buster.