It was Michael Denner and me that wrote the music together, and I always do all the lyrics of course, but I had just started King Diamond and I was fooling around with lines and stuff together. We also did "Halloween" around then, and we were sitting around, fooling around and for some reason Michael started playing a little bit of "I Saw Santa Kissing Mom" or whatever. So he played that music and it was like, "Yeah, why don't we do a Christmas song?" It was supposed to be a joke, so we were just fooling around with a joke, and then it was, "Wow, this is pretty heavy man."
- King Diamond interview, Vanyaland, 2015
KING DIAMOND's first release, the No Presents for Christmas single, was released on this day in 1985. Recorded with Roberto Falcao at Sound Track Studio, Copenhagen during the Fatal Portrait sessions earlier that year.
I prefer the darker stuff, but had great fun doing these songs.
- Michael Denner, Steel Notes, 2016
The b-side was "Charon" which would open Side B of Fatal Portrait when it released a couple of months later, February 1986.