Thursday, December 27, 2007

ROCKING Around the Christmas Tree

How about for some good old fashioned ROCK AND ROLL?

I have to admit, I used to shy away from these types of songs in the past. I'd rip my Christmas CDs and leave most of these types of tracks on the disc and never rip them because I was afraid of what other employees/customers might think if I took these songs into work. But this year I started to warm up to these types of tracks a little more and while some aren't work friendly (well...just one..."Christmas 1979") I did put these on a mix CD (sans Christmas 1979) and got a good response from customers, over all. One even asked me where he could buy the CDs with the music he was hearing on my mix CD!

Yeah, there's nothing like just some good rock music to get you in the festive mood. If you have had enough of the Carpenters and Burl Ives, you came to the right place.

I'd like to start things off with the one that REALLY got things hopping when it came on at work...This track comes from The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums, which compiled local artists from Athens, GA for this 1992 collection to go with the magazine of the same name (Flagpole.) Some really, really great stuff on here. Highly recommended.

Follow For Now-Santa's Hard

The next is a favorite of mine to kick off a mix CD with, which can be found on the Kevin and Bean CD The Real Slim Santa.

Orgy-Santa's Creepy Secret

Next up is just an awesome track from MXPX. This song is so vivid, I could see it as an Adult Swim Christmas special. (if ANYBODY out there reading this can get that done, don't wait!) This comes from Santa Clause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas, which can be snagged as I type this for a mere 5.97 from What are you waiting for???

MXPX-Christmas Night of the Zombies

I have another track from the incredible Flagpole compilation...this one being a little too close to the edge for a mix CD to take into work, but hey....I had to do it.

Allgood-Christmas With the Devil

And this final track is awesome, but the last few seconds makes it not work friendly. I just couldn't pass on posting it when thinking of some good rock Christmas tunes, though. This is one of my My Space finds of this year.

Billy Childish-Christmas 1979


stubbysfears said...

Hope I'm not out of line, but I thought you and your visitors might be interested in knowing that Sire recording artist Regina Spektor has a New Year's track, recorded at the PALMS back in November 2007, available for Free download on iTunes.

My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year) is a reworking of an old Peggy Lee tune, sung over the sounds (sparingly used, I should add) of helicopters, police sirens and gunfire--just right to get you in that New Year's state of mind.

Definitely worth picking up. I know a lot of folks hate iTunes. I'm not all that fond of them myself, but I've bounced around the web and it does appear to be an iTunes exclusive.

The Tone King said...

Sir, any leads to new and great stuff online is always welcome! Thanks for sharing!