1. For Christmas - OLD BREED
2. Christmas Time Again - BONECRUSHER
3. Peace On Earth - AUTOMATICS
4. War On Christmas - HE WHO CANNOT BE NAMED
5. This One's For Us - HARDKNOCKS
6. Winter Solstice - 7er JUNGS
7. Not The Season To Be Jolly - SEASIDE REBELS
8. Decorate The Christmas Tree - MISSILE TOADS
9. Xmas Twist - JJ SPEEDBALL
10. Sick Of It All - LAZY CLASS
11. Christmas Of Doom - BASTARD MONSTER
12. Do They Care It's Christmas - PISSTONS
13. Beer For Christmas - RIOTGUN
PRE-ORDER FROM REBEL SOUND
"Cashing In On Christmas" is, of course, the on-going series of Christmas Punk and Hardcore from Black Hole Records and Rebel Sound Music. And, this year, we get Volume 7. Think of it. I remember a time when you couldn't find one decent Punk collection (OK, I'm ancient; you already knew that). Now everybody wants to get into the act (even those posers at Fearless. "This Christmas" by the Summer Set? Are you kidding me?). "Cashing In On Christmas" continues to rank head and shoulders above the shoulders and heads of others. As usual, much of the collection is NSFW, Parental Advisory suggested. Then again, we've got a President-elect who very deliberately used the F-bomb in a live speech on national TV, so maybe we don't need no stinking rules, now.
I usually like to give "Cashing In On Christmas" a good couple of listens before posting, but I've only had time for a brief play through so far. I thought there was a lot of variety, this year. And there's definitely plenty of energy for your holiday slam dancing pleasure. Leaving aside the track from the Automatics, which is awesome but previously released, I think my favorite is "This One's For Us" from Hardknocks; if you're looking for a renewable energy source, I'd say just play "This One's For Us" on a loop and you're golden. But, as usual, there are no bad tracks on the record. Bonecrusher's "Christmas Time Again" opens with a bit of "Little Drummer Boy" (I've decided that, from now on, it should only ever be played that way) before going Oi and is likely the song that brings the most Christmas without compromise. And the Pisstons deserve extra credit for taking on that whole "We Are The World"/"Do They Know It's Christmas" thing which...hey, look, just listen to it; you'll get it. It's sort of the same message, in its way, as the SNL sketch on the election returns. Regardless, the Pisstons tune is probably the most unique on the record, but when they turn it on for the home stretch, they are damned impressive (possibly even Damned impressive). And would it be wrong of me to say "Christmas Of Doom" by Bastard Monster was fun? Yeah, probably would. Bollocks. All in all, another solid set from Black Hole Music and Rebel Sound Music.
"Cashing In On Christmas, Volume 7" is set for release on December 17. It'll be pressed on Snow White vinyl (Hmm. I was thinking White Wedding vinyl). And, if I'm reading this correctly, will be limited to 500 copies. There is likely a retailer who will have this in your neck of the woods--Bandworm in Germany, Noise of Sweden, and they always show at Interpunk. But you can just pre-order direct from Rebel Sound. Wasn't that simple? OK, you Punks. Piss off. Avoid the noid and, remember, smoking kills dead fish.
The album opens with the title cut (an original, I'm guessing). You know what? British Christmas songs always sound like other British Christmas songs (you know the ones). It probably isn't a conscious thing. But even at their break-neck pace, "Bloody Unholy Christmas" sounds a little bit more like "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" than it probably should. The album closes with "Merry Xmas Everybody", which sounds an awful lot like "Merry Xmas Everybody". Coincidence? I think not.
In any case, the Bloodsucking Zombies are Austrian, so you already know its gonna be an Import. No listings yet, but Rough Trade will be carrying "Bloody Unholy Christmas" and it will be available in both CD and color vinyl formats. If you want the download or just the two Christmas songs, you can pick those up at Amazon.