ANGRY SNOWMANS: What We Do Is Festive: LP

I’m not really nuts about Christmas music in general, and I’m REALLY not nuts about Christmassed-up punk, or any Christmas-based rock ‘n’ roll for that matter. You can’t really punk out Christmas, and you can’t really Christmas-out punk—they just don’t go particularly well together ((although getting punk records for Christmas is certainly all reet)), and don’t really need to BE together, if’n you ask me. I’d just as soon listen to those songs from the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials of my youth than listen to punk songs re-done in an X-mas motif, really—but, that said, a lot of these songs really are pretty clever ((Black Flag’s “Jealous Again” as “Joyeux Again,” “Operation” by the Circle Jerks as “Decoration,” and “Wasted Life” by Stiff Little Fingers as the inarguably epic “Wasted Elf”)), so if you’re into this sort of thing, you can buy with confidence and not bother fucking with a gift receipt. First Toymaker to the King represent! BEST SONG: “Wasted Elf,” maybe “Decoration.” BEST SONG TITLE: “What We Do Is Festive” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Although the front cover is a Yuletide take-off on the Germs album cover, the insert provides a similarly brilliant spoof of “Back From Samoa.”

 –norb (Stiff Hombre)