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 Comments: 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 Comments: 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 Comments: 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 Comments: 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!