Musician Jon Batiste, the bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” absolutely loves Christmas music — well, except for one well-known song: “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”
As CBR recounted just last week, the children’s parody folksong has a long and twisting history, but Batiste finds himself troubled by the lyrics. “It’s a sad story, y’know,” he told Colbert on a recent episode. “The Joker got away because Batman had car trouble.”
“And, also, Robin ovulated somehow,” Colbert added raising the subject of the Boy Wonder’s wondrous egg-laying abilities. “They kind of gloss over how the egg got out of Robin, but it’s a pretty upsetting image when you think about it.”
But the conversation served as an opportunity for Batiste to introduce a little side project: injecting the Caped Crusader into numerous Christmas songs (the ones in the public domain, at least). And that, naturally, was a mere segue to a sing-along involving Colbert and the studio audience.
With the help of a bouncing Bat-Signal, they belted out the lyrics to “The First Batman,” to the tune of “The First Noel,” “Arkham’s Hero, Batman Sings” to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sings,” and the finale, a rundown of Batman actors, performed to the tune of “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
If all goes well, perhaps Colbert and Batiste could team up with DC Comics in time for a Bat-themed Christmas album in 2017.
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