ChuckyG's List of 80's Compilation Disks, Christmas Collections

This list consists of various Christmas compilations from the eighties. I seperated it from the main list since it does cover a specific theme. I recomend the compilations, "The Edge of Christmas" and "New Wave Xmas", buy them both and there is only three songs repeated between the discs (and you end up with a good 90 minute tape worth of music for you car, the three incidently are by Crosby/Bowie, The Pogues, and The Pretenders).

Title   : Billboard Rock 'n' Roll Christmas
Label   : Rhino
Medium  : CD
TTime   : 36:43
Notes   : A couple of pictures of the bands featured
Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.
Paid    : $10
Rank    : 3 out of 5.

Track Listing
Title                                  Artist(s)
-=-=-                                  -=-=-=-=-
Thank God It's Christmas               Queen
Christmas is the Time to Say,
 "I Love You"                          Billy Squier
Rock and Roll Christmas                George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Christmas at Ground Zero               Weird Al Yankovic
All I Want For Christmas Is You        Foghat
Father Christmas                       The Kinks
Little Saint Nick                      The Beach Boys
Run Rudolph Run                        Dave Edmunds Band
Christmas Blues                        Canned Heat
Santa Claus and His Old Lady           Cheech and Chong

        This disc isn't technically all eighties (60%), but I bought it anyways.
It's ok, the Cheech and Chong "song" is a bit annoying after a while (The
McKenzi Brother's 12 days of Christmas is a better fit in place of it).  The
Beach Boys song is a classic, I remember it very well, and it's timeless, as
is the Kinks' "Father Christmas".  Overall though, nothing else really stands
out, the Queen tune is ok, but I was never impressed with it, and it's on
just about every other 80's Christmas compilation I've bought.

Title   : The Edge Of Christmas
Label   : Oglio Records
Medium  : CD
TTime   : 44:06
Notes   : A small paragraph about eighties Christmas music and list of songs.
Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.
Paid    : $14
Rank    : 5 out of 5.

Track Listing
Title                                  Artist(s)
-=-=-                                  -=-=-=-=-
Thank God It's Christmas               Queen
Please Come Home For Christmas         Pat Benatar
2000 Miles                             The Pretenders
December Will Be Magic Again           Kate Bush
Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy    David Bowie &Bing Crosby
Winter Wonderland                      The Cocteau Twins
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer        The Smithereens
Run Run Rudoplh                        Dave Edmunds
Christmas Is Coming                    The Payolas
Fairytale of New York                  The Pogues (w/ Kirsty MacColl)
Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight)  The Ramones
Christmas Wrapping                     The Waitresses

        A great song that I vaguely remember is the song "December Will be
Magic Again" by Kate Bush, it's an original work by her, but it sounds
vaguely like a song I remember from the seventies.  There's also the well
overplayed David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of "Peace On Earth/Little
Drummer Boy" (not that I don't like it, it just got lots of airplay).
"Christmas Wrapping" is also on here, which isn't really easy to find yet a
fun song to have on the disc.The bluesy version of "Please Come Home For
Christmas" by Pat Benatar is a definite departure in sound from most of her
popular work (although I hear she had an album that was very blues oriented).
What's nice about this compilation though is that the vast majority of the
songs are original works by the artists and not traditional works merely
reworkedd for the holidays. I recomend this disc highly.

Title   : New Wave Xmas
Label   : Rhino
Medium  : CD
TTime   : 57:49
Notes   : A small paragraph about each bands and a few pictures.
Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.
Paid    : $10
Rank    : 4 out of 5.

Track Listing
Title                                  Artist(s)
-=-=-                                  -=-=-=-=-
Thanks For Christmas                   XTC
Christmas Day                          Squeeze
Fairytale of New York                  The Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl
Rudoplh The Manic Reindeer             Los Lobos
2000 Miles                             The Pretenders
Santa Claus                            Throwing Muses
Little Drummer Boy                     Miracle Legion
Xmas At K-Mart                         Root Boy Slim et. all
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy      David Bowie / Bing Crosby
One Christmas Catalogue                Captain Sensible
All I Want For Christmas               Timbuk 3
...A Gun For Christmas                 Wall Of Voodoo
Santa's Beard                          They Might Be Giants
Christmas                              The Buzz of Delight w/ M. Sweet
Christmas Time                         Chris Stamey Group
Christmas Xmess                        Sun 60
Careless Santa                         Mono Puff

        This disc is billed as the companion to the Rhino New Wave series
(Just Can't Get Enough!) and it definately fits the series well as like
volume 16.  Just like the "Edge of Christmas" compilation from Ogilio
records, this disc has a lot of original recordings by eighties artists
instead of just eighties artists performing classic Christmas songs.  The
first two songs by XTC and Squeeze sound like normal XTC and Squeeze songs
with Christmas as the subject which is just really fun to hear. The Captain
Sensible song is also fun to hear and almost doesn't sound like it's even
about Christmas at first hearing.  It would be fun to play this disc and see
how long before anyone who was listening realized it was a Christmas album,
certainly not a Burl Ives Christmas!

Title   : Punk Rock Xmas
Label   : Rhino
Medium  : CD
TTime   : 47:06
Notes   : A pictures of the bands featured and small blurbs on each, plus
            plus some quotes on what Christmas means to them
Reviewer: Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.
Paid    : $10
Rank    : 4 out of 5.

Track Listing
Title                                  Artist(s)
-=-=-                                  -=-=-=-=-
It's Gonna Be a Punk Rock Christmas    The Ravers
Silent Night                           The Dickies
Hooray for Santa Claus                 Sloppy Seconds
*uck Christmas                         Fear
A Merry Jingle                         The Greedies
There Ain't No Santa Claus             The Damned
Homo Christmas                         Pansy Division
It's Christmas                         Bouquet Of Veal
Merry Xmas Blues                       The Celibate Rifles
Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight)
  (UK Single Version)                  Ramones
Deck the Halls                         Metal Mike, Alison and Julia
Feliz Navi-Nada                        El Vez
Run, Run Rudolph                       Humpers
Daddy Drank Our Xmas Money             TVTV$
Here Comes Santa's Pussy               The Frogs
Christmas Christmas                    Mojo Nixon
Mr. Grinch                             D.I.
White Christmas                        Stiff Little Fingers

        This disc is a lot of fun, especially if you like punk music and
happen to get like most people around Christmas, fed up!  Good loud punk
music can be great for venting one's agression, especially after hearing
lamely produced Christmas music everywhere you go.  I could do without
the "Homo Christmas", though "*uck Christmas" is a lot of fun. It's also
great to have a different version of the Ramones "Merry Christmas" since
it seems to make other compilations pretty easily.  It's probably the most
mellow tune on the disc in this form too!

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