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Various - A Santa Cause: It's A Punk Rock Christmas (Cover Artwork)

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Various: A Santa Cause: It's A Punk Rock ChristmasA Santa Cause: It's A Punk Rock Christmas (2003)
Immortal Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: adamAdam
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I actually feel guilty for having to take a critical look at this record. The selection of bands is heavily stacked with popular new school pop-punk and emo (or whatever it's called), so this is bound to sell well. Since a portion of the proceeds is going to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation this .
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I actually feel guilty for having to take a critical look at this record. The selection of bands is heavily stacked with popular new school pop-punk and emo (or whatever it's called), so this is bound to sell well. Since a portion of the proceeds is going to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation this is great news. Despite my opinion of the bands on here, I can't argue with a well-intentioned donation to a children's charity.

Unfortunately the music on A Santa Cause isn't going get the same accolades as the cause.

Too many of the bands here forget that the album is subtitled "It's A Punk Rock Christmas" and turn in some of the tamest, neutered tracks of their careers. Given the theme of the record I'm not exactly expecting furious hardcore, but I did hope that the band's churn out some fun, rocking renditions of the songs they've chosen. Yet the recordings by Acceptance, Fall Out Boy, The Beautiful Mistake, Jason Gleason (of Further Seems Forever) and (to a lesser extent) Gatsby's American Dream give no indication that these bands have day-jobs as rock musicians. With the exception of the vocalists these covers aren't very different from the typical version of the songs you hear every year.

On top of that we have the punk Christmas cover clichés. These include but are not limited too the use of jingle bells or playing the hook from a popular Christmas song as a bridge in your own. It's cute once. That's it.

Some of the better-known pop-punk acts here only contribute previously released material, which may disappoint completists looking for something new. This is the case with Something Corporate, New Found Glory and Blink 182, whose song "I Won't Be Home For Chrismas" seems especially tame in light of the band's current direction. From First To Last's "X12 Days Or XXXMasX" is a horribly failed attempt at humour by throwing screamo clichés into normally happy holiday song. At least I hope it's an attempt at humour, because it's nothing you'll listen to a second time.

There is good here though. Buzz band The Matches contribute "December Is For Cynics," which is quite catchy with a memorable sing-along chorus. The band sounds a bit more powerful here then on other recordings I've heard. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones contribution "This Time Of Year" is an original song. The heavily Ramones influenced track is enjoyable and a welcome break from the pace of the album. I've grown to appreciate The A.K.A's and their cover of Run DMC's "Christmas In Hollis" is really amusing (if not a bit surprising at first). It's an irreverent song, but that makes it fun. The same can be said for MXPX's "Christmas Night of Zombies."

This is a record supporting a great cause, but unfortunately I can't review it on good intentions alone. With the exception of a few tracks A Santa Cause is made up of either previously released material and painfully uninteresting (and at times sappy) renditions of holiday classics.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Fuck you whoever the hell wrote this!fftl kicks fucking ass.

Anonymous (July 25, 2005)

all you guys fucking blow. sonny moore and FFTL kick so much ass and so does this cd. they work so hard to do these things, and they dont need you people telling them what to do. you guys suck so bad.

Anonymous (July 25, 2005)

all you guys fucking blow. sonny moore and FFTL kick so much ass and so does this cd. they work so hard to do these things, and they dont need you people telling them what to do. you guys suck so bad.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

The Lawrence Arms - Faintly Falling Ashes

That song is business.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

fuck you guys, fftl beat ass.

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Punkest xmas song ever?

"I'm gonna beat your ass for Christmas" by Kill Allen Wrench

ya can't fuck with a song title like that!

-Ken

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

if it doesn't have The Bollweevils "white christmas" its not a punk rock christmas record.

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

They dont sell it newhere in Perth, Australia!!!!!

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

Canadians dont believe in Christmas because they are all pagans and hippies. Throw soap at them.

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

man christmas is awesome!...here's my wishlist for this year!..
1. that i finally find someone who is as emo as me, so we can sob in the sunset together
2. that i can stop my constant sarcasm, and steal some of the spotlight from superdude
3. find a better thing to do than post messages on punknews
4. find something better to do than masturbating, while not posting messages on punknews
5. here's hoping that refused forms a christian band cuz ive always been waiting for the day when i hear their lead scream "st nicklaus, i want a pony and ive been a good boy"

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

Immortal? i thought they did crap-metal, like Korn and newer incubus.

Incubus rocked until Morning View.

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

the punchline song on this cd fucking blows too.

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

"Other great xmas songs not mentioned below:
'Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass' - Arrogant Worms"

yes. nothing better than some canadian christian joke rock. i'm also a fan of "me like hockey."

-sk8punx

FortyMinutesWest (November 29, 2003)

I'm holding out for "A Grindcore Kwanza"

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

lets see...since its obviously punk rock to hate christmas...i hate it too. although i do enjoy singing along to my bright eyes christmas cd.

punky (November 28, 2003)

I hate christmas,and song about christmas.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

the A.K.A.s are everywhere.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

ba humbug

adam (November 27, 2003)

"To the reviewer who hoped that the From First To Last song was a joke, look at the title you fucking idiot. Of course it's meant to be a joke."

Joke or not, it's still stupid.

-adam

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

...unless of course, that's how they always sound. ehhh i shudder to think.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

The real question is, however, was the Gatsbys American Dream one a joke? I sure hope so.
-Janelle

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

To the reviewer who hoped that the From First To Last song was a joke, look at the title you fucking idiot. Of course it's meant to be a joke.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Why not give your money directly to the foundation rather than having to listen to this shit.

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

"Run, Rudolph, Run" by the Yobs is the best.

-BSD

Hulka (November 26, 2003)

Other great xmas songs not mentioned below:
"Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" - Arrogant Worms
"Bizarre Christmas Incident" - Ben Folds (aka "Santa is a Big Fat Fuck")
"White Christmas" - Bollweevils
"Feliz Navi-Nada" - El Vez
"I've Got A Boner for Christmas" - Nerf Herder
"Christmas With the Devil" - Spinal Tap
"Merry Muthafuckin' Christmas" - Eazy-E

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Bad Religion - God Rest Ye Jerry Mentleman is the best Christmas song ever.

thriceequalsgod (November 26, 2003)

i listened to the mxpx track and..
does it remind anyone else of bigwig? like... a lot?

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

"Which one? Jackson or Tatecore?"

The Jackson one wasn't funny and the Tatecore one was only funny the first few times you guys did it, so I hope that he was talking about this comment.

"after hearing this the kids will be begging for aids"

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

That blink song is old as the hills, which explains the "watered down considering their new direction". I'm glad I'm anonymous too

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

just give me The Dickies "Silent Night" and i'll be happy.

Ramo

notfeelingcreative (November 25, 2003)

This score is for both the album and the fact that there are little kids with AIDS! Both make me sick to my stomach!

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

"HHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Unofficial Comment Of The Day Award for that one below. No question.

-Scott"

Which one? Jackson or Tatecore?

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Good Review, one of the best I've read on here

superdude (November 25, 2003)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Isn't it a little late for a review of some old Tim Allen movie?

2. Did Tim Allen produce this cd?

3. Is it available on candy-cane vinyl?

4. None of these bands are even playign at the K-Roq concert. And K-Roq is the ish.

5. What are the special features? Is their band commentary?

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Yes Fear!!!

Mr_Pink (November 25, 2003)

The Pogues song is a classic. So are Fear's "Fuck Christmas" and The Dickies' "Silent Night."

We must all bow in awe to Bryan Adams' "Reggae Christmas," though. Am I the only one that remembers that cheesy old-school MTV video with Pee-Wee Herman?

adam (November 25, 2003)

The best chrismas song ever is the Pogues - Fairytail of New York. No contest.

-adam

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

the best christmas punk cd ever is vandals oi to the world

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

most of this cd is pretty bad, but i really enjoyed the from first to last - X12 days of XXXMasX song

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

at least coalesce is on there. errr. not.

-brent

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

The only good punk christmas song is
bad religion's version of silent night. That song is so great.

maverick (November 25, 2003)

HHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Unofficial Comment Of The Day Award for that one below. No question.

-Scott

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

the blink 182 song on here is the reason i'm breathing today.

-jason tate

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

I'm sorry! I didn't mean to give them my disease!

Micheal Jackson

musical-monkey (November 25, 2003)

how is the saosin song?

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Let the children die! Buy sometime else instead!

Santa Claus

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

after hearing this the kids will be begging for aids

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

wasn't Santa a skinhead?

Mr_Pink (November 25, 2003)

Bah humbug. It isn't a punk rock Christmas without The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

A bunch of corporate business men in cheap suits must have came up with this cd.

travis (November 25, 2003)

this cd is pretty horrible.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

I was actually listening to this earlier for review elsewhere...don't like it...
-Janelle

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