Thursday, May 29, 2008

"All I got were CLOTHES for Christmas! ARGH!"

WWSU Playlist
14 December 1988
Wednesday 9 p.m.-midnight

In the weeks leading up to Christmas the music department added a few holiday records to the rotation. The one holiday album from the 80’s that has really stood the test of time for me is “Christmas with the Ghostly Trio” by The Ghostly Trio. Produced by Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo, this has got to be one of the most interesting and bizarre alternative jazz records ever released.
I’m not a musician so it is difficult for me to explain what makes the musicianship on this album so unique, but it sounds as though the trio is consistently playing out of key – on purpose. That’s the best way I can describe it. The songs, all traditional holiday favorites, are recognizable….just. The album came out in late 1987 and became a fast favorite with me, so much so that it has remained a staple in my seasonal collection to this very day.

The album has never made it to CD – which is a real shame – but that didn’t stop me from making a CD copy using an analog-to-digital turntable. Much to my husband’s dismay, I drag out the disc every year when we decorate our tree because it never fails to tickle me.

Another band played on this particular show that never failed to make me laugh was Happy Flowers. Seriously messed up stuff in the same vein as Caroliner Rainbow, Happy Flowers formed in 1983 and had a nice 10-year run of bizarro, heavily improvised weirdness. The band - Mr. Anus and Mr. Horribly Charred Infant - combined wilfully childish lyrics with carefree thrash noise and an intensely disturbing array of bizarre subjects. The thing about HF was that they were incredibly funny, even as they repulsed. Songs like "Mom, I Gave the Cat Some Acid" and "Let's Eat the Baby (Like My Gerbils Did)" give a little insight into their world. The Flowers never received the attention that likeminded Ween did a few years later. I guess they were simply too ahead of their time.

K The Singing Dogs – “Jingle Bells”
H Pailhead – “Don’t Stand in Line”
TOTW Heavenly Bodies – “Rains On Me”
H Fishbone – “Freddie’s Dead”
DC INXS – “Do What You Do”
M Reckless Sleepers – “This Heart”
H B.A.L.L. – “When Is a Man”
PM REC These Immortal Souls – “Hey Little Child”
H Lead Into Gold – “Idiot”
H Soundgarden – “All Your Lies”
H The Ghostly Trio – “God Rest Ye”
DC End Result – “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”
H Happy Flowers – “All I Got Were Clothes for Christmas”
M Teknakuller Raincoat – “Dancing Cadavers”
REQ/K The Cult – “#13”

K Bob Rivers – “A Message From the King”
H Screaming Trees – “Ivy”
TOTW (blank)
M Capping Day – “Brain in the Darkroom”
DC The Smiths – “Please…Let Me Get What I Want”
H Was (Not Was) –“Christmas in Motor City”
K New Order – “Subculture”
LS Christina – (didn’t write down the song)
PM REC Hoodoo Gurus – “Out That Door”
H Wolfgang Press – “Raintime”
M UB40 –“I Would Do it For You”
DC Bob Marley – “Get Up Stand Up”
M Game Theory – “What the Whole World Wants”
H Shaved Pig – “Blonde/Corvette”
PM REC Siglo XX – “Lost in Violence”
REQ/K Gary Myrick – “Message is You”

Myth – “Benzedrine”
H Angry Samoans – “Death of Beewak”
TOTW New Salem Witch Hunters – “Mighty Quinn”
DC The Jazz Butcher – “Grooving in the Bus Lane”
H Angst – “Time to Understand”
M Social Club – “Left to Understand”
H Rapeman – “Trouser Minnow”
PM REC A Witness – “Loudhailer Song”
LS Count Floyd – “Reggae Xmas in Transylvania”
DC The Ravers – “Punk Rock Xmas”
H Big Stick – “Crack Attack”
K Danielle Dax – “Big Hollow Man”
H Jade 4 U – “Valley of Kings”
H Dead Can Dance – “Song for Sofia/Echolalia”
M The Popes – “Not Beautiful”
PM REC Run Westy Run – “Heck House”
REQ/K Cheech & Chong – “Santa Claus and His Old Lady”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The correct title of the song was "All I Got Was Clothes for Christmas." Whoever did the album layout at Touch & Go decided to fix our (deliberately) poor grammar.

Our address was also corrected for us. Apparently, despite being convinced we lived in Virginia, we actually lived in North Carolina. Thank goodness they fixed that for us in the liner notes!

--Mr. HCI