Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Reind Dears Christmas...Show # 331

In the year 1978, a one off Christmas single was recorded by The Reind Dears. The band consisted of members of The Shirkers, Pin-Ups, Urban Verbs, and Nurses, who were all bands from the Washington, D.C. area. The band featured Howard Wuelfing on bass/vocals, Danny Frankel on drums, Tommy Kane on guitar, Martha Hull on vocals, Amy Tract on vocals and Marc Halpern on lead guitar. Being a fans of Christmas records this group of musicians decided to record a Punk Christmas single. Recorded in Don Zientara's basement studio during a seven hour session that included mixing, The Reind Dears released "Xmas (Is Going To Bring Me…)" backed with White Christmas on Limp in 1978. Being a few years before Ramones recorded their own Christmas song "(Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)", which was released on their 1989 album Brain Drain, the sleeve of the single featured a dedication to the band which can best be described by Howard Wuelfing:

"As I remember it, I was a fan of Xmas records and decided their should be a punk one. The sleeves said - "dedicated to the Ramones who should've thought of this first" and thereafter I did hand them copies."

As a bonus, here is a free download of the 1978 single by The Reind

"Xmas...Is Going To Bring Me Down"
"White Xmas"

The Christmas Play List:

1. Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
2. The Smithereens - Rudoplh, The Red Nosed Reindeer
3. The Dickies - Silent Night
4. The Celebate Rifles - Merry Xmas Blues
5. The Yobs - Another Christmas (Single Version)
6. Ten Million Lights - On A Holiday
7. By Divine Right - Mall Santa
8. Ox - Xmas in the Jailhouse
9. Arcade Fire - Jinglebell, Rock
10. Boxer The Horse - Material Christmas
11. The Zolas - Snow
12. The Details - Strings & Ribbons
13. Pearl Jam - Let Me Sleep (Its Christmas Time)
14. James Brown - Soulful Christmas
15. The Wailers - She's Coming Home
16. The Galaxies - Christmas Eve
17. The Sonics - The Village Idiot
18. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York City
19. Blondie - We Three Kings
20. Matt Black & The Doodlebugs - Punky Xmas
21. Husker Du - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
22. The Fall - No Xmas for John Quays
23. Stiff Little Fingers - White Christmas
24. The Ravers - Punk Rock Xmas
25. The Reind Dears - Xmas Is Going to Bring Me Down
26. The Greedies - A Merry Jingle

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for December 21st. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

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