From his sojurn into Christian music to his ad for Victoria’s Secret, Bob Dylan has always proven to be nothing if not unpredictable. Fans got a new inkling of just how surprising the rock icon can still be when he recently announced he would be dropping a Christmas album later in the year.
Now here’s more weird news. Reuters is reporting that Dylan’s album is coming with a “banking tie-in that would have been unimaginable during the singer’s 1960s protest years.” (Part of the reason for that, by the way, is the overt anti-advertising lines in one of his most lyrically impressive tunes, “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” from 1965. Listen at 3:20).
According to Reuters, Citibank said the Dylan CD in question, “Christmas in the Heart,” will be downloadable for 13 million customers who are part of the company’s “rewards program.” Citibank customers can get it the week before it drops. The rest of us will have to wait until Oct. 13 to hear Bob wrap his pipes around standards like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” There’s no word about any songs about “flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark” (see above song link for further reference). [Via: The Daily Swarm]