Today in Music History:
In 1957, Elvis Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.The insanity and madness that is gripping the North American continent will soon be over. I don't know what it's like in other parts of the world right now, so I can only speak of present experience. This will be the last posting to feature Christmas music this year. Homercat will probably grace these pages one more time this week and then it will be vacation time until 2007.
Good Rockin recently passed it's three year mark of bringing you the best of rocking goodness. Homercat doesn't exactly get the goods out on a daily basis, but unlike many other fine music blogs who have closed up shop, he is still around. So it is kind of a Christmas tradition here to once again post up the best Christmas song that I know of. Those of you who have followed Rockin' for more than a year will be familiar with this one. It gets upped every year just in case someone has missed it or for those who have never heard it. t's not a Joy to the World or Silent Night type song. In fact it should get some different lyrics and be a song I can listen to year round. It's a classic Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors song. This song is full of double entendres and is probably not your typical kid friendly Christmas song. But it is awesome. The horns and piano in this song absolutely rock. It's kind of a jazzy, funky, r and b type thing that will get your booty shaking. I listen to this song year round and damn if it doesn't make me want to get up and dance. Trust me this is one song you'll want to keep on your playlist year round.
It's Christmas Time by Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors
I've also got a choice cut for you metalheads out there. This tune may very well have already been featured on better blogs than mine. It should have anyway. Twisted Sister recently released their own Christmas album. The Long Island quintet melds classic Christmas tunes with their favorite heavy metal songs to create a disc like no other. For instance, singer Dee Snider realized that the chorus to the band's biggest hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" is almost note-for-note the same as the melody to "O Come All Ye Faithful." So the band played the backing music for the Twisted song, while Snider sung the traditional hymn lyrics, and the result is an instant holiday classic. Out of the 11 tracks, the one original track, "Heavy Metal Christmas," is a Twisted interpretation of The Twelve Days Of Christmas ("Four quarts of Jack, three studded belts, two pairs of spandex pants, and a tattoo of Ozzy.") It also has ferocious bass riffing by Mark "The Animal" Mendoza that alone is worth the price of the disc.
Heavy Metal Christmas by Twisted Sister.
Finally one last Christmas song. It's one no one has probably ever heard, unless you were around last year. It comes from Angel, a highly overlooked band from the seventies. I have featured them a couple of times through the years. For pics and an idea what Angel looked like check out their official web site. They rocked purty good. This cut was actually a redo from their White Hot album called the Winter Song. They renamed it the Christmas song, reworked the lyrics, added a few bells and Voila a Christmas Song. These three tunes are destined to become tradition here at Good Rockin'.