Thursday, December 11, 2008

A (Christmas) Gift

Just in time for the holiday's full swing is the Matt Bianco Christmas song, "The Happy Christmas Song"! We also have the demo to "Half A Minute." You might remember these from the '04-'05 official Matt Bianco site, here's the background from then:

“Half A Minute” demo (early 1983)-- right click to save
This was the first song we wrote as Matt Bianco. It was recorded on a 4 track Portastudio in a damp basement of a house I was sharing with Andy & Peter Ross (who introduced us to their dad - Ronnie). When Basia recorded her vocals it was the first time she had met Mark. She arrived as we were finishing the lyrics; she read them, learnt the melody, recorded it, tracked it and added backing vocals; all within a couple of hours.

Also playing with us for the first time was Ronnie Ross, on baritone sax. Peter Ross plays percussion and Kito Poncioni plays bass and guitar. Although it sounds rough it does have a certain charm.

The Happy Christmas Song” demo-- right click to save
In the run up to the Christmas of '83, having just signed our record deal with WEA, we presented them with this portastudio demo as a joke. It was never meant to be taken seriously and never saw the light of day - until now. Peter Ross plays drums and sleigh bells.

Many thanks to Danny for sharing these with us again!


  1. Thank you! They're just wonderful! And I can't wait for the new CD.

  2. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Thanks ever so much!

  3. Anonymous10:53 PM

    Basia could sing "Half a Minute" in the shower and still it would sound great! Just another version to add to my faves list!