10 X-Mas Original Tunes to Light Your Little Yule Log

So this is Christmas and you’re sick of all the usual songs. My gift to you this season is these 10 tunes to give you something a little different. Perhaps you have heard some of them, perhaps you have not, and maybe you will hear a new favorite. You have been a mediocre boy/girl this year, thus this list is for you:

Blink 182 – Won’t be Home for Christmas:  You’ve definitely heard this one before, however that doesn’t make it less special. These guys certainly crafted a fun tune for the holiday season.

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis: These masters of their craft have a song about Christmas in the neighborhood they grew up in and a fun video to accompany it. Have you heard/seen this? I’m guessing no, and if you did, good for you. 

Wednesday 13 – I’ll Be Buried by Christmas: If all you want for Christmas is a black casket with black velvet interior and oh yeah, a bucket of chicken, then this is the tune for you. High energy, silly, funny, it’s a fun one.

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York: This gem has the flavor of love and hate, which may be the tale of your Christmas. Who knows? I don’t, but, I know this is a good tune with a Christmas theme thrown in there.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime: This one has that essential Adore era sound from The Smashing Pumpkins a nice relaxing tune for Christmas morning. 

Motionless in White – Santa’s Pissed: Nothing wrong with having a anger fueled Christmas. This tune brings the hate with some speed, breakdowns, and a fuck ton of fucks.

The Vandals – Oi to the World: No, No Doubt didn’t make this song, but they covered it. Enjoy the original Oi for some good punk rock cheer!

Corey Taylor – X-M@$: The Slipknot/Stone Sour front man has been known to do some goof songs in his free time. Don’t expect a full on scream fest, or metal tune, however you will get an upbeat fun jam. Corey Taylor is your drunk uncle if you need one. 

Everclear – Hate You For Christmas: Yeah, yeah, oh yeah, you can guarantee this song has the signature Everclear “Yeah”, but it’s still good for a 90’s alt feel for your Christmas listening.

Dropkick Murphys – The Season’s Upon Us: You enjoy a drink, perhaps a sifter of port at Christmas? Well this one has the theme the Dropkick Murphys are going for; you’re boozing with the family. Those of us from the stereotypical American Irish-Catholic family around this time of year know it all too well.  This song is a fine tune, yet it gets better after a beverage or seven.

Side note: At any point in your life, have you been asked, “Was Santa good to you?”

I have been. And I always found it perverted. Merry Christmas!!!

Z

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Alternative Christmas Jams to Spice Up Your Holidays

You have heard all of the Christmas songs over and over, year after year, and perhaps you have heard some of the covers of those songs that better strike your musical fancy. Let’s say you haven’t heard them all, don’t be a know it all, that’s not cool. Let’s put some different tunes in your ears for the Christmas season!

Check these out!

August Burns Red: These guys released an almost entirely instrumental Christmas album that absolutely SHREDS! I had a hard time picking one song off of it. The task was too difficult for me to decide, the beautiful melodies, the head banging breakdowns, and toe tapping jams, this is the album, THE ENTIRE THING, is what you’re going to listen to if you want something heavier for your holidays! 

Twisted Sister: You might want some hair metal in your holiday, or maybe you are really curious, and then incredibly surprised that Oh Come All Ye Faithful sounds almost exactly like We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Weezer: You want something smooth and chock full of ‘member, this is the album you are going to listen to. Yeah, maybe you say things like “I don’t even like Weezer anymore.” Well you can get out of here my friend! This is quite the enjoyable set of Christmas tunes.

The Killers: Like them, or not, this album has some unique videos. The video for The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball is worth a watch.

Bad Religion: A little punk rock can go a long way, and that is exactly what this fun album does. The bonus is that the last track is a remixing of American Jesus, which isn’t a Christmas song, but it is arguably the best Bad Religion song there is. Enjoy !

This article focused on albums, not single songs, we’ll do that next week. Enjoy the jams!

Z

Rox Trash Radio, Ep. 19: Christmas in Junkietown

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Junkies, drugs and hobo shanties, oh my! A woman cries at quizzo, and pantsless drug addicts are stumbling in the street. Smells like Christmastime in Roxborough! Dunkin Donuts is in trouble, but the Ridge is booming; except, of course, for the Big Mexican Sandwich. Pistachio Girl gets fired from Citizens Bank Park, and the Gaybourhood is aflame with hate?! All that and a Christmas Bazaar miracle!

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