Monday, February 18, 2013

ONE CHORD PROGRESSION PRESENTS: THE HOLIDAYS ! PART 5

Every day this week, we’ll be posting a different holiday question that some bands we’ve interviewed since the blog’s inception have been nice enough to answer.

And while you read this piece of highbrow literature, why don't you put some music in your ears with OUR (and all the bands) gift TO you: a 40+ SONG FREE COMPILATION WITH ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS!

Today, we present:

Favorite rock n roll Christmas songs?

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Tony LoFi of One Chord Progression/The Recordettes/Cudzoo & The Faggettes - Sin Destroyers - "Gifts To the World" (featuring Dave of The Recordettes and Party Lights).

Anna Anabolic of One Chord Progression/The Recordettes/Party Lights - "Blue Christmas" by Elvis, including all cheesy covers, "Father Christmas" by the Kinks, "If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home" by Reigning Sound, "Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)" by the Ramones, and "Mr. Santa Claus" by Nathaniel Mayer. And like all the 100 obscure Christmas songs Tony LoFi downloaded for our holiday DJ party at our local bar that sadly didn’t happen due to circumstances outside our control. It’s back open now. I guess we’ll play them all in January, when no wants to hear them anymore.

Cudzoo & The Faggettes - "Put It In Your Mouth" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Kim Fowley - 'Vampire Christmas' by Kim Fowley.

Jenny Dee & The Dee-Linquents - I'd have to say "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter is number one in my book.

Russell Quan (The Mummies) - Augie Rios - fat man!

Bradley Dean of Bradley Dean & The Terminals - “It’s Gonna Be a Punk Rock Christmas,” by the Ravers. The narrator’s insistence that his copy of God Save the Queen comes with a picture sleeve (“It bloody well better!!!”) is something we can all relate to, young and old. Now that’s the true meaning of Christmas.

Michael Quintian of Bradley & The Terminals/Quitty & The Donts - Butthole Surfers "Santa Was In My Room Last Night" and "Pretty Paper." That's right, Willy Nelson wrote a christmas song for Roy Orbison.  That's pretty darn punk rock!

Micheal Chandler of The Lost Crusaders - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." I always thought that would have been a great song for the Ramones or the Devil Dogs to cover. It has great chord changes for a punk song. While we're at it, WORST Christmas song: "The Little Drummer Boy." I can't stand that frickin' thing by Joan Jett or anyone else; it makes my skin crawl, and the worst offender is that cloying piece of drivel by David Bowie and Der Bingle. Yikes!

Happy holiday season everyone. Remember, please, that the best gift you have to give is you yourself. You are the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Be safe.

George Tabb - Oh, the Jingle Dogs barking jingle bells!

Joey Ramone's song, "Merry Christmas, I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight"!

"White Christmas", by Tony Montana. Or was that Billy Idol singing "White Wedding"? Whatever.

"Letch Patrol is Coming to Town", by, Letch Patrol.

"Santa Killed Blitzer and Donner, And Is Now Eating Their Intestines", by Riot Girl Zombie Apocalypse.

And, finally, by Furious George, it's "Dreidel"!

Warren Thomas of The Abigails - The Starvations - "You Ruined Christmas".

Palmyra Delran - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by the Ronettes.

Evan Shore of Muck & The Mires - Any without sleigh bells.

King Salami & The Cumberland III - "Hey Santa Claus", by Kevin Bloody Wilson.

Bill Florio of Little Seizures - Rock N Roll Xmas song is a oxymoron.

Alex White of White Mystery - "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" - Ronnie Spector.

Mr. Lee of Dead Flowers Productions - Can't pick just one... Here's a handful of favorites:

Chuck Berry - "Run Rudolph Run" (the Lemmy version is swell as well).
Bob Seger And The Last Herd - "Sock It To Me Santa".
The Pogues - "Fairytale Of New York".
The Sonics - "Don't Believe In Christmas".
Fear - "Fuck Christmas".
The 4 Skins - "Merry Christmas Everybody".
Bob Dylan - "Must Be Santa".
Alan Milman Sect - "Punk Rock Christmas".
Frankie Flame w/Another Man's Poison - "Santa Claus Just Burgled My House".

Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound - ''Fat Daddy'' by none other than Fat Daddy. Maybe the greatest song ever.

Bloodshot Bill - "Stuffin' Her Stockin'".


Dave of The Recordettes/Party Lights/Sin Destroyers - "Christmas in Hollis" only because of the lyric "a ill reindeer".

Dean Rispler of Drug Front Records - My absolute favorite hands down is "Father Christmas" by The Kinks. Fantastic song with hilarious lyrics. You can actually hear the desperation in Ray Davies's voice on that one. He really wants to kick
St. Nick's ass. Really great.
And I do have to add my own sort of plug here. My friend J.P., known professionally as Thunderbolt Patterson, has just made a Christmas song that I released on Drug Front right after Thanksgiving. It's called "Coal For Christmas" and it's really good. It's really corny. I mean really, really corny. J.P. would agree with that. But it's really catchy and funny and has some killer Thin Lizzy-esque guitar playing on it. AND, best of all, it's available for

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George M. Jackson of Naked Heroes - "Last Christmas" by Wham.

Bobby Hussy of The Hussy - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - John Lennon.


Heather Hussy of The Hussy - I don't listen to Christmas music. Sorry.

Peter Santa Maria of Jukebox Zeros - Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). [I mean, really though, that ENTIRE Phil Spector Christmas record is THEE best!]

New Bomb Turks version of this song is pretty amazing too!

Honorary mention: Humpers' version of "Run Run Rudolph".

Here's a link to Jukebox Zeros' own original XMess song, "Christmas In The City (Ain't Too Pretty)",recorded by Rick Reilly of legendary NYC punk rock band The Victims.

Stephane Plante of Kid Sentiment - "Le rock 'n' roll du Père Noel" - Marcel Martel.

Joe Belock of Three Chord Monte (WFMU) - Dead Kennedys "Let's Lynch the Landlord". (So much for being more positive in 2013!)

Dwight Weeks of Bamboo Kids - Chuck Berry.

Jim Chandler of Twin Guns -  None. I'm not a fan of rock-n-roll bands doing Xmas music.

Andrea Sicco of Twin Guns -  Not a big fan either, but I love the Phil Spector Xmas album of course. I also like that Paul McCartney Xmas song with that weird sounding keyboard, it gets stuck in my head and makes me want to be by a fireplace, feeling high. Now that I think about it, I actually don't mind that John Lennon song either. There are probably other songs I can't think about right now...  I'm too busy thinking about not shopping.

Sacha Chernoff of The Recordettes - Jackson Five's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

Rebecca Seung of Get Bent - The Sonics' "Don't Believe in Christmas", the Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)", Descendents' "Christmas Vacation", Reigning Sound "If Christmas Can't Bring You Home", and I'm kind of a sucker for "Santa Baby" and "Baby It's Cold Outside".


Stephane Courval of Le Chelsea Beat - "Santa Claus" by The Gruesomes. "Le Père Nowell c't'un Québecois", by Joseph (I think).

Rob Dyrenforth of 1-800-Band -  "Father Christmas" by the Kinks and "There Ain't No Sanity Clause" by the Damned.

Al Huckabee of 1-800-Band -  "Run Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry.

Polly Watson of 1-800-Band -  "Three Quarters of the World are Starving and the Rest are Dead" by Rudimentary Peni because I got it for Christmas once.

Jimmi Quinn of Light Bulb Alley - The Sonics "Santa Claus" (also done by The Gruesomes).


Stompin Tom Conners: "Merry Christmas Everybody". 
Chuck Berry, "Run Run Rudolf".

Clermont Ferrand of Les SansCulottes - The Sonics' "Don't Believe in Christmas" and Johnny Hallyday's "Noel Interdit."

Shouting Thomas of The Torments - The Rev. J. M. Gates - "Death May Be Your Santa Claus".

Chris DiPinto of Creem Circus - Elton John:  "Ho, Ho, Ho, (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)."

Fred Shankar of Sultan Bathery - Definitely Bob Seger & Last Heard with their song "Sock It To Me, Santa".

Gio of Sultan Bathery - Mark E. Smith (The Fall) - "We Wish You a Protein Christmas."

Teo of Sultan Bathery - "Soulful Christmas" - James Brown.

Devon Dunsmoor of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - "Father Christmas" by The Kinks, "Jesus Christ" by Big Star & "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley!

Laura Carlucci of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - "Little St. Nick", Beach Boys.

John Carlucci of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - "Run Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry. Keith Richards' version rocks too. "Soulful Christmas" by James Brown, and I’m also partial to "Merry Christmas" by Slade!

Kenny Wessel of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - "Run Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry.

Rikki Styxx of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by X, "Snowman" by The Icicles, "Last Christmas" by The Coctail Slippers, "Father Christmas by The Kinks, and "Christmas Island" by The Space Cossacks.

Seb Paquin of Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors - Elvis - ''Blue Christmas''.

Izi Laterreur of Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors - Elvis - ''It's Christmas Time''.

Alexis of Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors - Anything by the Jingle Cats.

Eric Davidson of Livids/New Bomb Turks -"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by
Wizzard.

And the Devil Dogs.

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...tied with, of course, Fear, 'Fuck Christmas".

Maxime Chiasson of Ponctuation - Not exactly a Xmas song, it's a New Year's Eve song; Jean-Pierre Massiera - "Bonne Année".

Or maybe Les Chantels - "Noël Étrange".

Jim Diamond - My first reaction is anything off of the Ventures' Christmas record.

Betsy of Sugar Stems -  I like all of the Jackson 5 Christmas songs.

Drew of Sugar Stems -  "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by the Crystals.

Steph of Sugar Stems - "Sleigh Ride" by The Ronettes.

Jon of Sugar Stems - If I had to pick one it would be "Merry Christmas Everybody" by Slade. A close second would be "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard.

Michael Lynch of Michael Lynch Band/The Brimstones/Palmyra Delran Band - Does "The Hess Truck's Back And It's Better Than Ever" count? No? Okay, then I'll say anything off 'The Ventures' Christmas Album.' Essential listening every December.

Clay Reed of Subsonics -  Whoowee...that's always a tough one. Even the rockin-ist folks turn into a buncha teary-eyed sappy stiffs on xmas songs.

Buffi Aguero of Subsonics/Tiger! Tiger! -  A lot of crying in the eggnog.

Clay Reed of Subsonics - There's a whole sub-genre of Vietnam war Xmas songs...but they don't rock. They are pretty sick,though.

Buffi Aguero of Subsonics/Tiger! Tiger! - Here's an xmas type music list with brief notations...and warnings:

1. "Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow)" - Plastic Ono Band. Not a Christmas song? I say it is - she is looking for her hand in...the snow. Maybe it's gonna be a present!

2. "Run Run Rudolph" - Chuck Berry. One of the few xmas songs that actually "rock" in any way."All I want for Christmas is a rocknroll 'lectric guitar".

3. "Get Down Santa/Funky Jesus"-The Jive Turkeys. The Jive Turkeys sound sorta like Booker T and the MG's...and wisely do sprightly instrumentals for Christmas - no sappy lyrics to spoil it. And wouldn't Jesus want a rave-up at the end?

4. "Soul Christmas" - Count Sidney and His Dukes.  "We're havin a...soul christmas party"...in case you didn't know.

5. "Heavy Snow-Lightnin Hopkins." It sounds like a scary, harsh Xmas at the Hopkins' place.

6. Santa Claus Go Straight To Thee Ghetto" - James Brown. And you know he does, too.

7. "Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back In Town" - Elvis. I guess I'm kind of a warped person, but Blue Christmas makes me think of a dead guy stuck in a snow bank. And it's cool that Santa-Elvis is all modern and updates from a sleigh to a big black cadillac.
 

8. "Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul" - The Soul Saints Orchestra. It's amazing how many funky soul Christmas songs there are. And when you're tryin' to make a list of rockin Xmas songs - thank goodness!

9. "Yulesville" - Ed 'Kookie' Byrnes. Sure, Ed Byrnes seemed like a square television actor...but he went on to do spaghetti westerns...and he did this hep-talk beatnik jive Xmas song. Some prefer the Tony Larson Version called "Cool Yule"...but make your own call.
 

10. "Merry Christmas Baby" - Ike and Tina Turner. Puts a big whump-a-tump in your stocking.

Nicotina of Dear Hearts - Eh! “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me” by Leiber and Stoller as sung by Elvis. Non c’e` nessun dubbio! (There’s no doubt about it!)

Karen of Dear Hearts -  Oh! I used to cover a couple of Christmas songs with my old band: “Father Christmas” by the Kinks and “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by the Ramones! “Blue Christmas” is always a solid choice though if you’re bummed, or “If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home” by the Reigning Sound (c’mon, Anna, you KNEW it’d be on here). “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry. “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade is pretty awful, but at least it’ll knock “Jingle Bell Rock” out of your head for a minute or two…

Brian Hurd of Daddy Long legs - Bob Seger and The Last Herd - "Sock It To Me Santa".

Joan Chew of Party Lights - No favorite rock n roll xmas song, but my favorite xmas music would be by Johnny "Bowtie" Barstow. Here's my favorite:

Dead Elvis of Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave - As soon as a song is about xmess, it stops being rock and roll.

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Links:

Cudzoo & The Faggettes, Kim Fowley, Jenny Dee & The Dee-linquents, Bradley Dean & The Terminals, The Lost Crusaders, George Tabb, The Abigails, Palmyra Delran, Muck & The Mires, King Salami & The Cumberland III, Little Seizures, White Mystery, The Living Kills, Reigning Sound, Party Lights, The Recordettes, Drug Front Records, Naked Heroes, The Hussy, Jukebox Zeros, Kid Sentiment, Three Chord Monte, The Bamboo Kids, Twin Guns, Get Bent, Le Chelsea Beat, 1-800-Band, Light Bulb Alley, Les Sans-Culottes, The Torments,Creem Circus, Sultan Bathery, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors, Livids,Ponctuation Jim Diamond, Sugar Stems, Michael Lynch,Subsonics, Dear Hearts, Daddy Long Legs ,Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave

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