BAH & THE HUMBUGS: BIGGER THAN SANTA
Featuring Humbugs songs performed by the following bands:
ONE NIGHT HOLY
No Free Lunch
Originally called One Night, a five-piece band featuring singer Donald "Duck" Ducat and a revolving cast of supporting musicians quickly became the most popular 10cc cover band in southern Indiana. Their lucky break came on one of their rare road trips, when they were discovered by songwriter Misty Berry at a festival in St. Louis, Missouri. As fate would have it, Berry had just been commissioned to assemble an original soundtrack for the sci-fi domestic comedy The Martian Christmas. Berry added "Holy" to the band's name, moved them temporarily to Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago, and added ten more musicians, including a second singer, Cory "Cat" Atkins.
The newly expanded band proved to be a potent performing unit, and recorded the critically acclaimed soundtrack album Martian Christmas Music, with Berry producing and providing most of the songs, in just 12 days. Critics hailed the band's unique "interplanetary" sound, but the movie and soundtrack failed to catch the public's attention during a crowded season of Christmas sci-fi films. The band scored an unlikely regional hit from the soundtrack, though, with the Bah & Humbugs cover "Peace on Earth (War on Mars)," to which Atkins had added a movie-related rap. The song's success came to the attention of Misty's uncle Neil Berry at Consignment Records, who signed the band and sent them, with Misty producing again, back into the studio to record a "real Christmas album." The resulting album One Night Holy and its single "When Holidays Attack," another rap adaptation of a Bah & the Humbugs classic, received more praise from critics, but failed to chart.
One Night Holy, though, wasn't ready to give up. After a few more personnel changes, the band financed and produced its own recording of the album everyone remembers. This album was released, after a two-year search for a label, with the simple title 3. A series of radio-friendly, rap-free singles and videos from the album kept the band in the public eye during the Christmas season for the next four years, and to this day, fans scan marquees in December for the show by One Night Holy.