Weirdly, this was the hardest volume to curate. Ten years in the making, and only 3 songs from the original lineup made the final cut. That percentage may increase with the second volume -- necessitated by the fact that I just couldn't whittle down the repertoire very easily. I let Can's Little Star of Bethlehem and Cale's Child's Christmas in Wales go because I couldn't tell what the hell they were going on about, or if it had anything to do with the birth of our Redeemer.
But there's so much quality material from junkies, perverts, communists, tax collectors, and intellectuals that it needs to be capped at two before it takes on a life of its own. But whatevs. Just dig it. Tracklist in comments.
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1 Now Sound Christmas Introduction - The Free Design
2 It's Christmas Time - Sun Ra presents The Qualities
3 Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) - Miles Davis with Bob Dorough
4 Run Rudolph Run - Keith Richards
5 We Wish You A Protein Christmas - The Fall
6 Jesus Christ (single) - Big Star
7 Christmas 1979 - Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire
8 Space Christmas - Shonen Knife
9 Jólasveinar - Björk
10 Countdown to Christmas Partytime - XTC
11 Silent Night - Klaus Nomi
12 Monk's Bell Carol - BLACKMONK
13 Christmastime in the LBC - Snoop & Friends
14 White Christmas - Corporal Blossom
15 Good King Wenceslas - REM
16 The Bells Of St Mary's - John Fahey
17 In The Hot Sun Of A Christmas Day - Caetano Veloso
18 Go Tell It On The Mountain - The Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Tom Waits)
19 Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn - Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers
20 The Last Month Of The Year - The Staple SIngers
21 Hey Lord - Suicide
22 Silent Night - Merzbow
23 Sanctus - Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin
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