Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Various Artists - Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas (1996)

This is a companion piece to the 15 volume New Wave Hits of the '80s set released in the mid-'90s by Rhino Records. However, the music comes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

  • Thanks for Christmas - The Three Wise Men (aka XTC): Great tune. XTC never disappoints. I'm surprised I never hear this on the radio in December. I think Andy Partridge is an atheist, so that makes this an interesting listen on another level.
  • Christmas Day - Squeeze: I want to like this piece because I'm such a big Squeeze fan, but its just not very good.
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl: The Pogues are an acquired taste I have yet to acquire.
  • Rudolph the Manic Reindeer - Los Lobos: A great instrumental version of this Christmas classic. Lots of accordion and saxophone.
  • 2000 Miles - The Pretenders: Because I first heard this song on the group's Learning to Crawl release, I never really thought of it as a Christmas song, which, of course, it is. And a good one at that.
  • Santa Claus - Throwing Muses: Not a big fan of the group and this doesn't sound much like a Christmas song other than the fact that it contains the lyrics, "you remind me of Santa Claus." Not my thing.
  • Little Drummer Boy - Miracle Legion: not a bad stripped-down version, there's just not much to this song. I never understood its popularity.
  • Xmas at K-Mart - Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes: Obviously a novelty song, its a fun listen.
  • Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie/Bing Crosby: this is a bizarre pairing that inexplicably became a modest hit about 5 years after it was recorded for Crosby's last Christmas special.
  • One Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible: typical, bouncy, new wave fun from a former member of The Damned.
  • All I Want for Christmas - Timbuk 3: Not a cover of the popular holiday tune, but a maudlin original denouncing war and calling for world peace. Better left forgotten.
  • Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas - Wall of Voodoo: Shouldn't have recorded a song for Christmas. Recorded in 1987 after Stan Ridgway had left the band.
  • Santa's Beard - They Might Be Giants: typical TMBG pop song with a sound similar to other stuff they were releasing around '88. Typical of them around that time, the song doesn't even last 2 minutes.
  • Christmas - The Buzz of Delight (featuring Matthew Sweet): I wish I had known about Sweet in the mid-'80s. I enjoy the songs he writes. One of the better songs on this compilation.
  • Christmas Time - Chris Stamey Group: along the lines of The dB's and Alex Chilton. Not bad.
  • Mary Xmess - Sun 60: I like this 1993 song. Guitar by Dave Navarro and I think the singer (Joan Jones) sounds a lot like Juliana Hatfield.
  • Careless Santa - Mono Puff: John Flansburgh from TMBG with his side-project. Not surprisingly, it sounds just like a TMBG song.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I had only heard two of these songs before hearing this CD and I don't listen to it very much, so there aren't any memories. I should just stick this CD in my truck CD player every December.

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