By Amanda Wicks
It looks as though Santa has gotten carried away with handing out coal in The Killers‘ annual Christmas video, “Dirt Sledding.” For the past ten years, the band has carried on a tradition that involves releasing a special Christmas song and video for the holidays.
Starting with a slower tempo, “Dirt Sledding” shifts gears after a chorus of children sing, “Santa, have a change of heart.” The song takes on a rockabilly air with a touch of Queen for good fun. Adding to the holiday spirit, Richard Dreyfuss contributes spoken word vocals to the track.
The video finds a dirty and ragged Santa, played by Ryan Pardey, in need of a little help from his toy friends. Pardey also played Santa in The Killers’ previous two Christmas songs featuring the legendary jolly man: 2007’s “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” and 2012’s “I Feel It In My Bones.”
In the spirit of the holidays, the band donates a portion of each song’s proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS via (RED).