Q #1,823: What King Diamond song made its debut 30 years ago today?
‘Snow Presents for Christmas’ (iTunes) was the debut single from the newly formed King Diamond band after vocalist King Diamond, guitarist Michael Denner, and bassist Timi Hansen departed Mercyful Fate in 1985. The band chose to embrace the King Diamond moniker as it was known from the Mercyful Fate era, carrying over fan base and the business dealings. Despite being a single, ‘No Presents for Christmas’ would be released on many a ‘Diamond release. A fan favorite, the track would appear on the remastered debut album ‘Fatal Portrait,’ the EP ‘The Dark Sides,’ live albums ‘In Concert 1987: Abigail,’ and ‘Deadly Lullabyes,’ as well as the compilations ‘A Dangerous Meeting,’ and ‘The Best of King Diamond.’ Not exactly a lightweight!
As “Snow Presents” ushered in the King Diamond era with a conviction most bands would kill their Grandma to possess, it would also serve as the debut of guitarist legendary Diamond axe shred slinger Andy LaRocque. How do you top a legendary guitar duo of Michael Denner and Hank Sherman in Mercyful Fate? Quite easily, apparently. The debut album ‘Fatal Portrait’ (iTunes) would be the only King Diamond album that featured zero writing credits for Mr. LaRocque.
A limited edition ‘No Presents for Christmas’ 12″ Picture Disc was released for Record Store Day in 2012, as a reissue of the original single that started it all. The song itself features musical interludes from ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,’ ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ and ‘White Christmas,’ while giving a shout out to Donald Duck, with Tom and Jerry drinking sherry. So, this Christmas crank some King Diamond and have a drink with Tom and Jerry because remember, “they don’t give a damn!”