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Legends of Rock: Bad Religion Release a Christmas Album

18 Dec

Punk icons Bad Religion released a Christmas album simply titled Christmas Songs.

The last thing I expected to hear this holiday season is that this band would put out a Christmas album.

I only say that because as far as I know lead singer Greg Graffin is an atheist and in general the band disagrees with organized religion.

According to their official site under the legacy tab it stated that:

“Bad Religion have threatened to record an album of seasonal classics for years, and now they’ve gone and done it, tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style.”

I would have thought  this sort of project would come from the punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, who are known to cover classic songs from any genre and give it a punk spin.

However weird it seems I listened through it and I’m hooked. The album is awesome with loud and fast rendition’s of the traditional Christmas classics. The album also includes a different recording of their well-known hit American Jesus too.

After listening to each song from the album on You Tube, I love Little Drummer Boy which isn’t even one of my favorites traditionally because the word rum-pah-pum-pum is ridiculous but Graffin gets away with saying it! I also loved God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and this version now trumps any other one I thought I liked before it because it’s such a fierce and fueled rendition.

As if this new album wasn’t enough of a surprise treat, the band has also created a advent calendar on their official site that fans can click on each day and win a present. My click got one free download of What Child is This? from iTunes.

I got into Bad Religion when I was a teen and first heard 21st century Digital Boy over the radio. I started buying their albums with their 1996 release The Gray Race and the rest is history.

Their songs have a signature classic punk style with catchy guitar riffs and it’s infectious with one listen.

My favorite album is (1992) Generator. I love every song on that album especially Fertile Crescent and Atomic Garden.

I assure any hardcore punk fans this Christmas album will not disappoint and it’s consistent in the bands trademark speed and unique riffs. The album is also a nice break away from the traditional versions of Christmas music that play on the radio!

Bad Religion is set to appear on Conan O’Brien tonight.

I have a link below from the EpitaphRecords You Tube channel.

 

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Pop Culture Reflection: Less Overplayed Christmas Songs

11 Dec
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Sharing my favorite Christmas ornament and song lyric

Christmas songs become inescapable from hearing all day in December whether it’s blasting from the radio at the workplace or in malls and department stores.

During my holiday shopping I enjoy when I can hear the less overplayed gems such as: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan,  So This is Christmas by John Lennon,  Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby and The Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler.

I still have my favorite’s in the classic Christmas hits even though I know I’m going to hear the songs cycle through the radio five times throughout the day like: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee, Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.

An article from Yahoo Music this week featured the top 20 most downloaded Christmas songs and it was an interesting list with the number one being,  All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

Despite what gets overplayed, I like listening to the Christmas classics and the updated versions  because it gets me into the holiday mood.

Here is a link from RoadCaptinEntertain’s You Tube channel for my favorite traditional Christmas song.