Bah & the Humbugs - America's premier Christmas comedy rock band

20th Century

Bah & the Humbugs: 1985-2000

cartoon portrait of Bah & the Humbugs

Bah & the Humbugs cartoon by Vance Lehmkuhl. Pictured: Amy Guskin, Paul Nordquist, Rick Aster (with hat), Vance Lehmkuhl. Invisible: Michael Hollinger, Paul Patanella, Gayden Wren.

 

The humble beginnings of Bah & the Humbugs can be traced back to the mystical shores of Garden City, Long Island. The great Troll War had begun, and a ragtag bunch of plucky individualists found themselves holed up at the home of a curmudgeonly bat scholar who happened to own a grand piano and a large collection of historically-accurate toffee tins. As the few survivors of the human race huddled together around a fire burning in the old tv console, gradually, they gravitated towards the grand piano and began to plunk out the first, tentative notes of a great musical legacy.

In the 20th century, Bah & the Humbugs made annual appearances at a private Christmas party in New York, and also graced the stages of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr with their unique and quirky take on the holidays. Notable events include performances at the Actor's Center at the Bourse, the Prince Music Theatre, and as part of the grand reopening season of the landmark club, the Main Point.

 

Merry Christmas or Else! (1991)

Tracks

Christmas Without You (Nordquist)
Judgement Day (Hollinger)
Christmas Spirit (Wren/Nordquist)
3 Wise Men (Nordquist)
Gift Rap (Nordquist/Lehmkuhl)
Santa Claus Drops In (Aster)
No Santa (Hollinger)
Christmas a la Mode (Nordquist) Bah & the Humbugs concert program cover
The Elves Are Restless (Wren/Aster)
New Year Song (Nordquist)
Santa Song (Hollinger)
Christmas with the Clash (Nordquist)
Hunting Song (Wren)
Not So Far Away (Wren/Nordquist)
Snowmen (Wren)
Christmas Wish (Aster)
All It Means (Lehmkuhl)
Ready for the Ice Age (Wren/Nordquist)
Peace on Earth (Nordquist)
Merry Christmas or Else (Lehmkuhl)

 

Original Instruments (1989)

Tracks

Christmas a la Mode (Nordquist)
Snowmen (Wren)
Snowman (Partridge)
Hunting Song (Wren)
Not So Far Away (Wren/Nordquist)
Presents of Mine (Nordquist)
New Year Song (Nordquist)
Santagate (Wren/Nordquist)
You Decorated My Tree (Nordquist)
Getting Too Old (Wren/Aster)
The 90s Are Coming (Nordquist)
Winter Cat (Aster)
The Little Strummer Girl (Nordquist/Guskin/Aster) Bah & the Humbugs concert program cover
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Lehmkuhl)

 

12/19/87 (1987)

Tracks

Christmas Spirit (Wren/Nordquist)
12/25/02 (Wren/Nordquist/Guskin)
Supply-Side Santa (Wren/Lehmkuhl)
Santa Song (Hollinger)
The Real Santa (Wren/Aster)
12/25/01 (Nordquist)
The Elves Are Restless (Wren/Aster)
It's Only a Moment (Patanella)
Christmas in My Heart (Stern)
Ready for the Ice Age (Wren/Nordquist)
Gift Wrap (Nordquist/Lehmkuhl)
Christmas Without You (Nordquist)
Judgement Day (Hollinger)
12/25/03 (Nordquist/Guskin)
Authority Man (Lehmkuhl)
Giving Mike Fish (Nordquist)
3 Wise Men (Nordquist)/We Three Queens (Wren Aster)
Chico Goes to L.A. (Aster)
No Santa (Hollinger)
Stars on Christmas Carol (Aster) 12/25/01 album cover - Bah & the Humbugs
All It Means (Lehmkuhl)
Peace on Earth (Nordquist)

 

12/25/01 (1985)

Tracks

12/25/01 (Nordquist)
3 Wise Men (Nordquist)
Judgement Day (Hollinger)
Let's Put the X Back in Xmas (Wren/Nordquist)
Open Fire (Lehmkuhl)
White Christmas (Berlin)
All It Means (Lehmkuhl)
Christmas Spirit (Wren/Nordquist)
This Merry Holiday (Lehmkuhl)
Christmas Without You (Nordquist)
A Charles Ives Christmas (Traditional)
Authority Man (Lehmkuhl)
Round and Round (A Christmas Sound) (Nordquist)
Gift Rap (Nordquist/Lehmkuhl)
Christmas Prelude (Lehmkuhl)
Can't Wait (Lehmkuhl)
Christmas Carol (Lehmkuhl/Hollinger)
Peace on Earth (Nordquist)