Bah & the Humbugs
A Brief History of Christmas
About the Band
For many, many years since 1985, in fact it's been an annual tradition to celebrate the holidays with funny new songs from Bah & the Humbugs. This ragtag ensemble of musicians and songwriters delight in poking fun at every Christmas icon and tradition and every aspect of the holiday season. Beloved figures of folklore, respected political personages, even tasty holiday treats have all been targets of the Humbugs' satirical wit. With catchy melodies and herds of genetically modified, glow-in-the-dark reindeer, Bah & the Humbugs keep things unnaturally merry and disturbingly bright all through the holiday season.
The members of Bah & the Humbugs are Rick Aster, Amy Guskin, Michael Hollinger, Vance Lehmkuhl, Paul Nordquist, Paul V. Patanella, and Gayden Wren. You can follow Bah & the Humbugs on Facebook and Twitter.
Since 2001, Bah & the Humbugs have donated their entire revenue from album sales to the United Nations World Food Program for hunger relief around the world. Read the band's statement on why they support the WFP and how you can help.
Bah & the Humbugs vow to carry on their musical mayhem until the 'X' is back in Xmas and the world's supply of coal is depleted.
In the spirit of the season, Bah & the Humbugs have made several of their songs available as free MP3 downloads, and are continually adding more. For quick access to all of the free songs, visit Stuff Your Stocking, the music download page.
Over the years Bah & the Humbugs have premiered more than 150 new Christmas songs. See the Complete Song List for all titles.
History & Discography
2009: The Humbugs post their fifth annual Christmas Eve podcast, and play a live radio concert on WXPN's Christmas Eve show, "The Night Before."
2008: The Humbugs deliver their fourth annual Christmas Eve podcast.
2007: The Humbugs release The 12 Symptoms of Christmas, a new CD with twelve original, irreverent Christmas classics. Fans were also able to tune in to the band's third annual Christmas Eve podcast.
2006: The Humbugs release A Very Commercial Christmas, an hour-long blizzard of Christmas commercials presented by all-commercial radio station WCOMMERCIAL, and their second annual Christmas Eve podcast.
2005: The Humbugs release ReGifted, a celebration of twenty years of Humbugian cheer, featuring twelve classic Humbugs songs newly remastered with a fresh coat of snow in their state-of-the-art North Pole studio. Also, the first annual Humbugs podcast, A Christmas Eve Spooktacular featuring the Tale of Dr. Frankincense appears on iTunes and on RSS feeds everywhere.
2004: The Humbugs record the politically-themed album Fahrenheit 12/25 (archived Fahrenheit 12/25 website - lyrics).
2003: The Humbugs record the mini-musical, "Jolly Roger the Christmas Pirate" as part of the album Another Christmas Ruined, and perform live at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater.
2002: The Humbugs release Christmas Tree from Hell and appear live on CNN
2001: The Humbugs reunite to release Merry Christmas from Bah & the Humbugs
1998: The Humbugs release the single "Santa/Monica" and appear at Philadelphia's landmark club, The Point, as part of its grand reopening season.
1996: The Humbugs release "Cleanup Crew" as a single and perform at the grand opening bash of Philadelphia's The Hut.
1995: The Humbugs perform at The Actor's Centre in Philadelphia and release the live album Humbugs Bootleg.
1994: The Humbugs release "Christmas Without You" as a single.
1991: The Humbugs release their second studio album, Merry Christmas or Else.
1989: The Humbugs release a live album, Original Instruments, playing only authentic period instruments
1987: The first Humbugs live album, 12/19/87, is released.
1985: On a whim, Vance Lehmkuhl and Paul Nordquist round up their friends and put together Bah & the Humbugs debut album, 12/25/01, as a joke gift for their friends and family.