Well, as it is December 12th we’re halfway to X-Mas (though you yanks and Brits oddly enough celebrate it on the 25th) you might wanna finish up what shopping you’ve got left, and for some nice threads for the whole dang family my pal Courtney at The Lucky Mule is once again offering a cool 15% holiday discount on all his merchandise. Men’s wear, women’s wear, stuff for the kids etc – any fan of all things r&r will find something cool. And if you’re into collecting rock posters he’s also offering some awesome (and rare!) work by such greats as Frank Kozik, Mitch O’Connell and Alan Forbes.
I’ve already stated it before, this guy does quality work on quality t-shirts. This is not some cheap throw-away crap that’ll turn into a ball of yarn after one spin in the washer. He designed and printed the tour t-shirts when The Dialtones toured in the U.S. back in 2000 and I got mine at home and it still looks great. So check out his page at www.luckymule.com, click away and type in ‘HUMBUGGERY’ at the check out to receive the discount. And tell him I sent ya!
Well, here’s UK’s biggest contribution to modern carols: Roy Wood and Wizzard‘s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday! Heavy on the Spector-influence (is that bombastic production especially fitting for the holiday?), the 7″ single was released in 1973 and despite being a magnificent song (and a month-long Top Ten hit from December to January!) it was actually a release that never broke even on account of the sheer amount of money it cost to produce. And those impressive threads sure couldn’t have come cheap, ha ha ha.
Anyway; one of many staples in December, the song has been reissued twice during the 1980s (both times making a dent on the sales charts), and in recent years (thanks to downloads) it never fails to reach the charts come Yuletide. I’m not too sure how much an original 7″ will cost on eBay, but this is one of those sure-shot songs you’ll find on pretty much any X-Mas compilation album.
NOTE: Garage punkers might wanna check out Sympathy For the Record Industry‘s 1993 compilation Happy Birthday Baby Jesus where it’s covered by New York’s best The Devil Dogs. How about a sample?
Yup, Chuck Berry. Taught me everything I know on the guitar. ‘Nuff said.
Well, I’m off for a couple of days to enjoy the holidays. See y’all on Tuesday!
UPDATE: For those looking for a more punk rock flavor during the festivities, check out The Angry Snowmans two albums on Bandcamp. Classic US Hardcore/Punk hits redone X-Mas style!
Whoof! X-Mas came early and through the mail yesterday! Just look at this package I received from No Balls Records as a “thanks” for doing the Vagora/Darrow Chemical Company Halloween split pic-disc 7″ back in October! Wow! We’re talking 3 CD’s and the same amount of 7″s, a 10″ EP plus a pic disc LP from The Undead featuring Bobby Steele (ex-Misfits) (who’s first 7″ EP Nine Toes Later is a horror punk classic I might add – check it out!), the latest 10″ from The Dwarves, one album plus a 7″ from Electric Frankenstein, the new 4-song EP from Mondo Generator, and more 7″s from Joey Image, Adam West plus the new album from Borracho!
I don’t know what it is with receiving records in the mail that makes me feel like a kid all over again. Maybe it’s just plain nostalgia ’cause you might not believe this kids, but there was a time when you couldn’t buy cool records any other way. You’ve been spoiled by the internet and visiting record stores where the guy behind the counter actually has a clue, ha ha ha. Anyway, speaking of The Undead; here’s my fave track off their EP: