Sit N Spin Top 10 Best Punk Christmas Songs from OC Weekly
Instead of torturing you with a normal holiday Sit N Spin, we give you this fun list from a blog on the OC Weekly! What you read below is from their article on it. Read it in its entirety here. http://bit.ly/1sBPZe9
What are your favorite Punk Rock Christmas songs???
The 10 Best Punk Christmas Songs
By OC Weekly Contributor
Christmas is 1 week away and with it will come the fateful holiday party where someone, hopefully not you, drinks too much and tells off a roomful of sullen friends and relations. Far from a time of universal peace and joy, the winter holidays can be fraught with familial resentment and animosity. This makes the season a perfect time to dust off your old punk rock records. We know holiday prep is major drain on time, so as our gift to you, we've assembled a playlist of our 10 favorite Christmas punk songs. Now you should have plenty of time to write insincere cards to people you see once a year.
10. Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight), The Ramones
We had no idea Howard Stern sang in one of those bands that the guys at our college radio station never shut up about. Howard, you're so versatile! Witty lyrics, too.
9. Silent Night, The Dickies
We knew a Mormon kid in high school whose parents only let him keep his Dickies records because he lied and said the band is named after the Dickies brand of work pants, not penises. We always wondered if The Dickies ever got into a legal battle over their name with that other punk band, The Dicks. It would have made for a great episode of the People's Court. Next up: "The Dickies versus The Dicks."
8. There Ain't No Sanity Clause, The Damned
The Damned is hailed as one of the first and finest Goth bands, a distinction that only means something if you are in the Damned or care about men who voluntarily wear eyeliner. The Damned has had so many lineup changes that we're pretty sure the guy who fixes our photocopier played with them in the 1990's (evidence: he has a British accent and wears eyeliner and when he doesn't drink coffee, he looks ashen, like a corpse). We therefore consider ourselves members of the extended Damned family. For the record, we also care about men who wear eyeliner, deeply so.
7. Homo Christmas, Pansy Division
Pansy Division was a C+ pop punk band whose being openly gay scored them extra press at a time when every third band signed to a major label was pop punk. Homo Christmas is their lighthearted send-up of the holiday.
6. Hooray For Santa Claus, Sloppy Seconds
Sloppy Seconds are the unrecognized founding fathers of American over-sharing. If these guys wrote self-aware TV scripts rather than 3-minute songs, they would be lionized right alongside Lena Dunham for their portrayal of the slothful lives of young, inessential Americans. We cannot travel back in time and give the band a tip about how their ideas would make for great television, but we can at least include their Christmas song on this list.
5. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Bad Religion
Bad Religion is a band of highly-educated, articulate men in their 50's who for the last 30 years have insisted they are true punks and that their style of middle-class respectability can co-exist with their animosity toward middle-class respectability. Bad Religion is so pure in their aesthetic that they have played the same chord progression for 30 years, albeit with subtle shifts to its rhythm, which is achieved by hiring an entirely new drummer on every other record. Let us be clear - you do not mess with Bad Religion. If you taunt Bad Religion, all six of them will pile into singer Greg Graffin's SUV and park outside your bedroom window. The entirety of Bad Religion will step out of Greg's SUV and cross their arms in the same intimidating manner they do on their album covers. Bad Religion will then shout, in unison so as to emasculate you, "Come on outside, tough guy! We're Bad Religion and we're standing on your lawn!"
4. White Christmas, Stiff Little Fingers
SLF is almost too good a band to play Christmas music, but they did, and the proof is in the video above.
3. Oi to the World, The Vandals
Like the guys in Bad Religion, these Huntington Beach punk veterans embodied the spirit of Christmas and suburban overcompensation by recording not just one Christmas song but an entire album's worth. We recommend "Christmastime for my Penis," another example of their deft lyrical elegance. We also recommend seeing them live because Josh Freese is an astounding drummer.
2. F*ck Christmas, FEAR
FEAR vocalist Lee Ving is a man who can crash house parties and drink for free because he looks like someone who tucks weapons into the lining of his leather jacket. As a paragon of pre-sensitivity training America, Ving always made his attitude towards the rest of the world explicit via lyrics and song titles such as "I Don't Care About You." When Guns N' Roses recorded that tune on their Spaghetti Incident record, FEAR became a band everyone cited as an influence but whom few people bothered to see once Ving reassembled the group. Maybe that's why Ving is cranky enough to write a song called "F*ck Christmas." Or maybe it's because he grew up in Philadelphia. We like Christmas because gifts are fantastic, but we like Lee Ving better. Yet this is only our second favorite punk Christmas song.
I'm stoked about SRV and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Thoughts Rockaholics??
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its class of 2015.
The artists to be enshrined next year are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Green Day, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Ringo Starr is being given the Award for Musical Excellence. (He is already in as a member of The Beatles.) The "5" Royales are being recognized with theEarly Influence Award.
The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held April 18th at Cleveland's Public Hall. Tickets go on sale on Thursday.
The inductees were chosen by a voting body of more than 700 artists, critics, historians and members of the music industry. To be eligible for election this year, a nominee had to release his or her first recording no later than 1989.
This year's nominees who did not make the cut were Sting, Chic, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Spinners and War.
Four of the top five vote-getters in the online ballot made it in. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble grabbed 30 percent of the vote -- more than 18 million votes -- and were followed by Nine Inch Nails with 22 percent, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts with 15 percent, Bill Withers with 6.5 percent and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band with 6.25 percent. Nine Inch Nails did not make the cut.
This will be the second time Lou Reed is inducted, having gone in with the Velvet Underground in 1996.
Green Day, with all its members being 42 years old, are one of the youngest acts ever to be inducted. It appears that only three members of both the Jackson 5 and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the same age or younger when they were inducted in, respectively, 1997 and 2012.
"December 3, 2014
The Ferguson grand jury's recent decision not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown kicked off a storm of protest all across America. Because of this, we figured it was a good time to poll our readers and determine their favorite protest songs. Needless to say, most of them came from the 1960s and early 1970s. Here are the results." See the full write up from them here. http://rol.st/1voOdfB
Sit N Spin Greatest Drum Intros of all Time from Rhythm Magazine
The folks over at Rhythm magazine conducted a survey to determine the "101 Greatest Drum Intros" of all time. Rhythm magazine fans debated and debated on their facebook page for the poll.
Below is a list of the Top 10 and what Rhythm Magazine had to say about each drum intro.
1. "Hot for Teacher", Van Halen . . . by Alex Van Halen
...and in the top spot, arguably one of the most iconic drum intros in rock, and playing it is a holy grail for a lot of drummers. Alex Van Halen steps out of his guitarist brother Eddie's shadow to shine with a blistering drum solo before kicking into a furious double-bass shuffle in a flurry of kick drum notes.
From the album 1984 (1983).
2. "Spirit of Radio", Rush . . . by Neil Peart
Here's where things really start to get tricky! Neil Peart joins this Rush classic with a crash and then proceeds to roll around the kit with some challenging tom fills. He caps it all off by entering the verse with a tempo change.
From the album Permanent Waves (1980).
3. "You Could Be Mine", Guns N' Roses . . . by Matt Sorum
Semiquavers played between the bass drum, toms and snare kick off Matt Sorum's most famous drum part before he busts out a classic punk dum-dum-cha-da-da-dum-dum-cha beat. Learn it, then get a tiny motorbike and pretend you're being chased by a robot from the future.
From the album Use Your Illusion II (1991).
4. "Rock and Roll", Led Zeppelin . . . by John Bonham
John Bonham was surely the drum intro king, and the second track on Led Zep IV is one of his most celebrated and debated beats, inspired by rock'n'roll legends such as Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In particular, Bonzo's beat borrows from Little Richard's 'Keep A-Knocking', coincidentally another of our 101 greatest drum intros. Pile some of that dirty Bonham funk on top and you have a classic on your hands.
From the album Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
5. "A Song for the Dead", Queens of the Stone Age . . . by Dave Grohl
A nod to Grohl's love for the Descendents' Bill Stevenson and also a perfect taster for the electric energy that he brought to Queens Of The Stone Age. Pounding toms, neat fills and scattergun snare all over the top of a deeply hypnotic Josh Homme riff.
From the album Songs For The Deaf (2002).
6. "When the Levee Breaks", Led Zeppelin . . . by John Bonham
The first of two Bonham entries. A combination of astonishing, visceral performance and incredible sound. The foot-of-the stairwell placement of Bonzo's kit gives the drums that unmatched depth – and you can feel the compressors straining under the force of his devastating right foot in particular.
From the album Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
7. "Painkiller", Judas Priest . . . by Scott Travis
The arrival of former Racer-X drummer Scott Travis helped bring a modern, thrashier sound to the Priest. Out were the keyboards, in were the double kicks – starting the album with a barrage of 16ths on the feet, accenting the down and up-beats with the snare and crashes before settling into a busy thrash groove.
From the album Painkiller (1990).
8. "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana . . . by Dave Grohl
Back-to-back Grohl! Of course this one had to be in there. This was the first time most of us heard Dave Grohl's muscular playing, on the opening track of Nirvana's crossover album Nevermind. The flammed intro in bar four was the sound of leftfield rock kicking the mainstream's back doors in.
From the album Nevermind (1991).
9. "My Hero", Foo Fighters . . . by Dave Grohl
The first of three entries in the top ten from the mighty Grohl (with three different bands). A powerful, tom-heavy track and easily one of Dave Grohl's drumming career highlights. And that's saying something. The thumping backbeats and the toms were recorded separately and panned slightly off centre to give each their own weight and distinction. We reckon it worked a treat.
From the album The Colour And The Shape (1998).
10. "Where Eagles Dare", Iron Maiden . . . by Nicko McBrain
As the opening track on Nicko McBrain's first Iron Maiden album, we'd forgive Nicko for wanting to flex his muscles early on. And that's what he did. The album starts with 'Where Eagles Dare', a track opened by a Nicko roll from snare to toms and back.
From the album Piece Of Mind (1983).
For today’s Sit N Spin we actually featured new music! The new one from the Foo Fighters “Sonic Highways” just came out and we featured songs from it! If you haven’t been keeping up with the HBO show Sonic Highways you are missing out! Click the link for more on the show! http://itsh.bo/1ucUhHZ
Thee Ted Smith and STP from The BJ Shea Morning Experience had a rad talk with Dave Grohl yesterday, check it out!! http://bit.ly/10VAXCG
1. "Something from Nothing" Rick Nielsen CHICAGO
2. "The Feast and the Famine" Bad Brains WASHINGTON DC
3. "Congregation" Zac Brown NASHVILLE
4. "What Did I Do? / God As My Witness" Gary Clark, Jr. AUSTIN
5. "Outside" Joe Walsh LOS ANGLES
6. "In the Clear" Preservation Hall Jazz Band NEW ORLEANS
7. "Subterranean" Ben Gibbard SEATTLE
8. "I Am a River" Tony Visconti NEW YORK
Rami Jaffee – keyboards
Rick Nielsen – baritone guitar on "Something from Nothing"
Bad Brains - Backing vocals on "The Feast and the Famine"
Zac Brown - lead guitar, backing vocals on "Congregation"
Gary Clark, Jr. – lead guitar on "What Did I Do? / God As My Witness"
Joe Walsh – lead guitar on "Outside"
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – alto saxophone, drums, piano, trombone, trumpet, tuba on "In the Clear",
Ben Gibbard - guitar, vocals on "Subterranean"
Tony Visconti – string arrangement on "I Am a River"
Kristeen Young - backing vocals on "I Am a River"
Sit N Spin Billboards Top 10 Halloween Songs
Tis the season Rockaholics! Today’s Sit N Spin featured a list from Billboard.com and their Top 10 Halloween Songs. They put the list together with airplay and sales in mind. Check it out here. http://bit.ly/1wDNEfz
Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that their list is pretty family friendly. And we also discussed how Rock Radio, KISW in particular……nearly every song we play could have a Halloween spin.
Now I told you I would make you a fat Halloween playlist instead of the list below. Dig that here! These are personal fav’s that have Halloween and evil written all over them! Playlist includes: King Diamond, Type O Negative, Alice Cooper, The Sonics, Ministry, Ghost, Helloween, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Uncle Acide & The Deadbeats, Faith No More, Diamond Head, Misfits and more! http://bit.ly/1tgqdZs
10. “This Is Halloween” - Danny Elfman
9. “Highway to Hell” - AC/DC
8. “Don't Fear the Reaper” - Blue Oyster Cult
7. “Creep” - Radiohead
6. “Superstition” - Stevie Wonder
5. “Werewolves of London" - Warren Zevon
4. “Deal With the Devil” - Pop Evil
3. “Ghostbusters” - Ray Parker, Jr.
2. "Monster Mash" - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Though it's been decades since this kitschy, creepy faux-Frankenstein party tune scared up a No. 1 slot on the Hot 100 in 1962, Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash" has been on Halloween party playlists ever since.
"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
“Thriller," which hit No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1984, is the most-downloaded Halloween-themed hit of all-time, with digital sales to-date of 3.4 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (It's also Jackson's best-selling download, ahead of runner-up "Billie Jean," which has sold 2.7 million).
Soundgarden have posted a brand-new song called "Storm" on Vevo. The band hasn't offered up much info about the track except to say that it was recorded in May with producer Jack Endino in Seattle. Stoked to have a new song…..even if things are still mysterious as far as this new song goes. I love the guitar! Kind of has a post punk, goth, feel. Reminds me of Killing Joke in a weird way. NOT U2. Enjoy “STORM”!!!