“Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Batman Christmas

While “Jingle Bells” has been a holiday classic for decades, a lot of us immediately think of the unauthorized version centered around Batman.

“Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg / The Batmobile lost a wheel, And the Joker got away!”

But, where did this originate? Apparently, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”

According to writer Rob Weir, altered versions of the Christmas classsic began as early as the 1950s, with kids adding funny lyrics to the song. But, after the launch of the Adam West Batman series in September 1966, the tune got some Batman flavor.

Weir and Cracking.com editor Robert Evans traced the origins of the “Batman Smells” parody to Southern California, with the first version surfacing in the 1966 Christmas season.

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells clipping

A 1967 clipping (above) from Oklahoma’s Lawton Constitution also supports the theory of military kids spread the schoolyard parody.

“Batman Smells” has become a classic in itself, when Bart Simpson sang the tune on the first episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” in December 1989.

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