Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Revolution Rock 2013 Holiday Special & Show # 489

This week was my annual holiday edition of Revolution Rock. We heard two tracks from Manchester’s Surf combo The Bell Peppers. “I Can’t Wait For Xmas”, is a new Christmas song released in 2013 (and can be purchased on iTunes), but they also recorded a version of John Lennon’s 1971 song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. That song was recorded for as stated online a “half planned Christmas EP” that was to be titled Jingle Bell Peppers. They did however put out a cool video to go along with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”. The video was compiled from stock footage of a child on Christmas and of clips of the cult Christmas movie Santa Claus that was directed and filmed in Mexico in 1959 by Rene Cardona. Originally the film was produced in Mexico as well and featured primarily Spanish dialogue, but an English version was also produced under the direction of K. Gordon Murray and released in 1960. The films plot tells the story of a demon named Pitch sent by Lucifer to ruin Christmas by eliminating Santa and to make all of the children of Earth evil. Santa does team up with Merlin the Wizard to help save the day, oh, and did I mention that in this film Santa’s workshop is set in outer space?

This Week's Play List:

1. Impact - Punk Christmas
2. The Damned – There Ain’t No Sanity Clause
3. By Divine Right – Mall Santa
4. Little Joey Farr – Rock N’Roll Santa
5. Caribou – The Snow Capes
6. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas
7. The Tom Fun Orchestra – Christmas Dinner On A Coleman Stove
8. Prarie Cat – Count The Thoughts
9. Les Breastfeeders – Noel Dans Le Vent
10. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – My Christmas Wish
11. The Wailers – Maybe This Year
12. The Walkmen – New Year’s Eve
13. Mojo Nixon – Christmas, Christmas
14. Psychic Ills – Run Rudolph Run
15. Iggy Pop – White Christmas
16. Lou Reed – Xmas In February
17. Los Straitjackets – Christmas Weekend
18. The Falcons - Deck The Halls
19. The Pygmies – Father Christmas
20. The Pygmies – Pygmy Parumpapumpum
21. Leadbelly – Christmas Is-A-Coming
22. Chuck Berry – Christmas
23. The Bell Peppers – I Can’t Wait For Xmas
24. The Bell Peppers – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for December 24. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

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