Watch: The Video Little Steven and the Disciple of Soul's "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"

Christmas has come early with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul's jubilant new video for their just-released holiday song "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)."

In the festive clip, frontman Steven Van Zandt, decked out in head-to-toe stripes, elf ears and a pointy hat, leads his 15-piece band, all dressed in their merry best, through a spirited update on the Ramones classic. The band, looking like they're having an absolute blast, performed the song with toy instruments on the beaches of Barcelona as they concluded their European tour and back home in New York City. Vintage film footage, mostly from one of Stevie's favorite filmmakers George Méliès' wild short films circa 1903, are interspersed throughout, adding to the videos exuberant nature.

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" sees Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to The Ramones' Yuletide classic, written by Joey Ramone and first found on the B-side to the 1987 single, "I Wanna Live." 

The new rendition, arranged and produced by Van Zandt, was recorded last month during soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands in the midst of their "Soulfire Tour 2017," capturing all the spirit and energy of the 15-piece rock 'n' soul revue at the very peak of their formidable onstage power. Rolling Stone debuted the track upon release last week and enthused that it, "sounds much grander in Van Zandt's hands," adding, he "created a Wall of Sound with glockenspiel, chimes, string, organ and sleigh bells, a vocal chorus and saxophone."

"This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive," Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. "I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing."


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