Record Of The Month - December 2000

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Seasonal Favorites Vol. 1 CD (Double Crown)

Great collection of Christmas tunes from 16 surf and garage bands in the extended Double Crown stable.  This spinner includes sendups of old holiday classics alongside a handful of original tunes like the Boss Martians' It's Christmas Time.  Like the great Trashmen number Real Live Doll, the Boss Martians tap into a Christmas theme that's more relevant for the modern lonely hotrodder.  Los Mel-Tones contribute a standout surfy version of Silent Night that's hard, reverbed, and fun.  The Aqualads do a nice garagey instro version of Wish You A Merry Christmas, and Jon & the Nightriders contribute a clean surfy Sleigh Ride.  More instros from the Neptunas, Death Valley, Del Noah, Lunatics, and Bonesharks.  Snarling teenstomp from Frigg A Go Go and the Firebirds, and later there's a fun version of Hang On Sloopy done Christmas style (Hang On Rudolph) from the Ebineezer Scrooge Appreciation Society.  Boss Martian Evan Foster shows up again with The Tacoma Four on Christmas Is A Drag, which tells a tale of holiday woes for some cat who loses his girl and his wheels - but he gets even, so at least there's a happy ending.  The disc is rounded out with a laidback Hawaiian Shadows-y holiday tune from the Space Cossacks.  Fun authentic-styled cover graphics and packaging from Johnny Bartlett.


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