Christmas is almost upon us, and with 10 days to go it’s high time for a countdown of the ten best festive punk songs. For a genre full of anti-commercialism and often smattered with messages of anti-organised religion there is a bountiful selection of punk rock Christmas songs. They might not be the best punk songs out there but they sure beat listening to Shakin’ Stevens for the 17th time. These are among the best of the genre.
10. ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ – The Yobs
The Yobs are from the same vein of punk as Anti-Nowhere League which means this sleazy, smutty reworking of The Twelve Days of Christmas is not suitable for the festive CD if you’re picking up your Gran on Christmas Eve.
9. ‘Frosty The Snowman’ – Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake are a fun band so a Christmas cover was always going to work. Their horn filled ska reworking of Christmas staple Frosty The Snowman is just that, fun.
8. ‘Silent Night’ – The Dickies
Nothing The Dickies ever did was serious or slow and their version of this usually sombre carol is a 100 mile an hour and a blast too.
7. ‘This Time of Year’ – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Ska again on the list, now from the originators of ska-core The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The horn break of Jingle Bells totally roots this track in the festive tradition.
6. ‘Last Christmas’ – Jimmy Eat World
Wham’s evergreen Christmas classic got Jimmy Eat World’ed in 2001 making it onto the Music of the OC – Volume 3: Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah compilation. Jimmy Eat World keep things suitably festive sounding so if you are picking up your Gran, this one’ll be just fine.
The final big five are coming up next week, just in time for Christmas too
2011: A year in punk – January to April
As 2011 comes to a close it’s time for the umpteenth round up of the year, this time all with a punk twist of course. The first four months will be deftly skimmed over this week with the Summer next week and finally September through December right before New Years. Let’s Go!
A truly momentous event in the world of punk, in fact, in the world in music occurred in January 2011. Social Distortion released an album! Six and a half years on from their last record, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes appeared in shops at the end of the month and good things truly come to those that wait, as it brilliant. A full review can be found in our albums of 2011 features published earlier this month.
February saw more new music, this time from a more regular source as Dropkick Murphys released their concept album Going Out in Style. The album title cause a few to worry the band might be calling it a day but thankfully that wasn’t the case as the band continued strongly into March to play their traditional St. Patrick’s Day shows in Boston.
Unfortunately March did see the split of one band as Ghost of a Thousand threw in the towel and went their separate ways but there was some more good news come mid-March as Reading and Leeds Festival announced its first punk bands with spots on the Friday Main Stage for Rise Against and The Offspring. With the Lock-Up stage still to follow it was a pleasant punk start to the festival’s proceedings.
April was another month of highs and lows. RX Bandits declared their Summer tour would be their last but they would continue work in the studio. Another high was the welcome return to The Descendents to the UK, the low was Milo’s voice blowing out just a couple of songs in and the whole gig crumbling not long after. Being a band of such integrity though they then offered everyone from both shows scheduled in April to come back for Free in August so there was silver lining. The end of April saw the saddest news of the month as Poly Styrene (real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said), singer for British punk originators X-Ray Spex, passed away at the age of just 53 from breast cancer.
Next week I’ll finish the with the top 5 punk rock Christmas songs as well as covering months May through August 2011