Song of the Day: “Back Door Santa”


Soul—that mysterious orientation towards the world that seems to be frequently accompanied by a larger-than-life personality—is probably the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Clarence Carter, that bombastic and passionate artist whose timeless music still echoes across the airwaves and our collective memory. While his classic single “Slip Away” is arguably the best place for an unversed listener to learn about Carter, the boastful machismo of “Back Door Santa”‘ is a solid deep cut. The transparent sexuality of Carter’s Old Saint Nick—complete with ho-ho-hos—is eyebrow-raising and, for some, gasp-inducing. Whether your ears are burning or not, the braggadocio in “Back Door Santa” gets the perfect complement from its brazen horns, strutting guitar, and loose rhythm section.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →