Twenty more Christmas songs you can listen to…

At some point you will have eaten enough, maybe even drank enough – and certainly had enough of being festive to friends and family; time for a few tunes – some of these may well offend everybody in your house… see there is method in the madness!

1. Mighty Mighty Bosstones ”˜This Time Of The Year’ ”“ Initially released in 2001, and is quite simply a song about the Bosstones favourite time of the year as it encourages friendship, and unity.

This Time Of Year – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

2. MDC ”˜Black Christmas’ ”“ Not surprisingly from MDC, an anti Christmas song “The holidays don’t fill me with cheer/I get a chill when they draw near” Everyone’s favourite ode to seasonal depression from the hardcore funsters!!

3. Sinead O’Connor ”˜Silent Night’ ”“ If you cover a Christmas song, you can either do something a bit different, or keep it traditional – Sinead chose those the later, and created one of the most haunting versions of this songs ever recorded. Sadly the video doesn’t equal it…

4. Stiff Little Fingers ”˜White Christmas’ ”“ Punked up version of the seasonal classic; never quite sure of this style of cover, though this is an admirable effort.

5. Shonen Knife ”˜Sweet Christmas’ ”“ The Knife girls encourage us all to enjoy Christmas to a revved up new wave beat”¦

‘Space Christmas’, Shonen Knife

6. The Ramones ”˜Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) ”“ Was released in 1989

7. The Pogues ”˜Fairytale Of New York’ ”“ Arguably a lesson in song writing, and a clear demonstration of the genius of Shane MacGowan. Featuring the late Kirsty MacColl, and released in 1987 (and nearly every year since) the song is in the form of a dream, when the male character recalls memories of a lost love, and how their love was crushed by drink and drug abuse.

8. Bad Religion ”˜The First Noel’ ”“ A punked up cover of the seasonal classic which the BR boys released on the ”˜Skankin Up Xmas’ compilation

9. Green Day ”˜Dead Beat Holiday’ ”“ Taken from the 2000 released ”˜Warning’ album

10. The Business ”˜Bollocks To Christmas’ The Elton John festive favourite trashed by street urchins The Business

11. Mogwai ”˜Christmas Steps’

12. Pennywise ”˜Christmas In Hell’ ”“ The Pennywise boys don’t seem to impressed with the festive period “I find it all so depressing; I’ve got no Yuletide joy”¦ Candle lights and Christmas trees, we don’t wont any of these”

13. Rancid ”˜Christmas Eve (She Got Up And Left Me)

Rancid – Xmas Eve (She Got Up And Left Me)

14. The Greedies ”˜A Merry Jingle’ ”“ Anyone remember The Greedies? For those unaware they were the bastard result of coupling 2 Sex Pistols and 2 Thin Lizzy members… This clip is from TOTP in 1979

15. The Humpers ”˜Run Rudolph Run’

The Humpers – Run, Run Rudolph

16. Cuckooland ”˜Silver Bells’ ”“ The sadly defunct Cuckooland turned on the festive spirit showcasing more of their sweet sugar coated harmonies over a driving beat – this time a cover of the Doris Day classic

17. 65 Days Of Static ”˜I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas Noise’ – When you have finally had enough of the family, put this gentle ditty on – sure to empty the house in seconds!!

18. Pansy Division ”˜Homo Christmas’ ”“ Everyone knows that socks for Christmas just doesn’t cut it”¦ Pansy Division suggest you accept something else!!

19.TVTV$ ”˜Daddy Drank Our Christmas Money’ ”“ Initially released on the 1995 Rhino Records compilation Punk Rock Xmas – The title neatly sums up the full meaning in just four words.

20. Goldblade ”˜City Of Christmas Ghosts’ ”“ Can’t have a Christmas Top 20 without including the LTW boss. Adapted from the ”˜City Of Ghosts’ track and featuring the late Poly Styrene, the festive theme continued onto the vinyl itself coming in both green and red versions.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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  1. Nice list. Christmas Steps has always been one of my favourites, not that it really has anything to do with Christmas. You could add some of the new Small Bear Records festive album too I reckon…

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