And a Merry Critmas from Tortelvis 
Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 06:21 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English


A Christmas Record (1981, US, miscellaneous styles) 
Sunday, December 10, 2006, 06:40 PM - Music, - US, English
Not Christmas tunes done in a different style, but original songs.
Most happy melodies (except of course the ones by Suicide/Alan Vega), not always happy lyrics.
A sampler of ZE Records. Strange mixture but all very American Big City sounds.



Again available on cd.

Side one:
1 Material with Nona Hendryx - It's a Holiday [7:12]
2 August Darnell - Christmas on Riverside Drive [5:03]
3 Charlťlie Couture - Christmas Fever [4:48]
4 Suicide - Hey Lord [3:25]

Side two:
1 Cristina - Things Fall Apart [4:34]
2 The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping [5:21]
3 Was (Not Was) - Christmas Time in the Motor City [2:55]
4 Alan Vega - No More Christmas Blues 3:13]
5 Davitt Sigerson - It's a Big Country [2:51]

In the same year I bought another sampler Chantons NoŽl, Ghost of Christmas Past on the Belgium Les Disques Du Crepuscule label. I lost it. Who has a copy?

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The Dickies - Silent Night (1978, US, punk) 
Saturday, December 9, 2006, 06:18 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
Nice heavy Christmas song from the Dickies.
On the back side The Sound of Silence (*NOT*) of Simon & Garfunkel.



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Sy Mann - Switched On Santa! (1970, US, electronic) 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 06:33 PM - Music, - US, Fun, English
I know, this lp pops up everywhere these days.
But I digitized it last week, so I share it now. In the Netherlands you don't do any christmas things before 'Sinterklaas' (a Santa Claus look alike), the 6th of December.



Sy Mann did the arrangements, Jean Jacques Perrey the engeneering and the posing on the cover.

Side one:
1 Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer [2:13]
2 Jingle Bells [1:43]
3 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town [2:02]
4 Tijuana Christmas [1:59]
5 My Favorite Things [2:24]
6 The Little Drummer Boy [2:38]

Side two:
1 Christmas Bells [1:51]
2 White Christmas [2:50]
3 Joy To The World [1:04]
4 When Christmas Comes [2:30]
5 Angels We Have Heard On High [1:43]
6 Silent Night [2:07]
7 What Child Is This [2:05]

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Tuxedomoon - Scream with a view (1979, US, new wave/electronic) 
Sunday, November 26, 2006, 06:40 PM - Music, - US, English
I always liked this second 12" (and 4th release) from Tuxedomoon and it gets a 6 on the White Noise Scale. I saw Tuxedomoon again last year and they were exactly the same as 25 years ago, including the (nowadays) lame light show. No fun anymore.



a1 Nervous Guy [4:00]
a2 Where Interests Lie [5:05]
b1 (Special Treatment For The) Family Man [5:05]
b2 Midnite Stroll [3:17]

See also my other post of Tuxedomoon.

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The Scientific Americans - Beyond Fiscal Distress (1980, US, new wave/dub) 
Thursday, November 23, 2006, 06:05 PM - Music, - US, English
A 'Killing Joke - Nervous System' like concept. A 9" flexi-disk in a kind of envelope with a lot of artwork. All included in this post.
The music has a dub like Jah Wobble and a hysteria voice like Devo.
Here is a web page about the band. Made by one of its members.

And here you can find another ep 'Beyond Rational Thought' of them.



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Tuxedomoon - What use (1980, US, new wave) 
Thursday, November 16, 2006, 06:06 PM - Music, - US, English
What I can see on www.berlinwerk.de the 5th release of Tuxedomoon. 'What use?' is taken from their album 'Half mute'. 'Crash' is beautiful music to watch beltways by and recorded with a little help from members of The Sleepers.



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