Dark Jollies, released in 2000, was The Hot Buttered Elves first CD of all new material on the Tape Hiss Recordings label and was also featured for a limited time on Musicbuilder.com. 'Like the best work of the Firesign Theatre, the record is an integral piece of performance art. But many of the songs stand by themselves. Christmas in the Barrio is a cracked ballad worthy of the Austin Lounge Lizards, Christmas is the Same Old Song is an alternative radio hit, and Tiny Happy Plastic Gumball Machine Santa Luck Charm is a minor key, jagged synthpop anthem for the suicide set. This is a serious Christmas record in every sense of the word.' - www.christmasreviews.com.
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