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Fucked Up - David Christmas [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Fucked Up

Fucked Up: David Christmas [7 inch]David Christmas [7 inch] (2007)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: douglas_is_raddouglas_is_rad
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When I first heard the news about Fucked Up's newest release I was, for lack of a better word, stoked. I must admit, I have a huge hard-on for Fucked Up, and this new 7" sounded nothing short of spectacular. Song from the new full-length album? Collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Cole Alexander, Dave.
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When I first heard the news about Fucked Up's newest release I was, for lack of a better word, stoked. I must admit, I have a huge hard-on for Fucked Up, and this new 7" sounded nothing short of spectacular. Song from the new full-length album? Collaborations with Nelly Furtado, Cole Alexander, Davey Havok, and Scott Vogel? Limited edition? Sign me the fuck up! So, when a little package containing a 7" wrapped in handmade wrapping paper (no joke, it had the little Fucked Up sigil all over it), you can imagine how excited I was. So how does the record stack up against the hype / my aforementioned expectations? Let's find out...

The A-side contains the main song, "David Christmas," which serves as the teaser for Fucked Up's next album, The Chemistry of Common Life. Though the song may be interpreted in multiple ways (¡ la most of Fucked Up's releases), the basic theme of the song is that Christmas is messed up and instead of worshiping Jesus, we should worship Fucked Up's "manager," David Eliade (who may or may not actually be a real human being). The lyrics are very well-written but poorly delivered, and Pink Eyes almost seems bored and uninterested, which is contradictory to the pissed-off tone normally associated with him.

The song itself sounds overly poppy for a Fucked Up song as well. Even the 18-minute long "Year of the Pig" has more of the band's signature "edge" to it than "David Christmas." While the guitars retain the "Fucked Up sound" and the drums pound out a routine mid-tempo beat, there is a certain lack of aggression that I had come to expect from a Fucked Up song. Still, after repeated listens, I came to enjoy the song a bit more than my initial listens. The guitars are quite catchy, and it's fun to hear them play around with some sped up Sonic Youth-esque harmonies. One should also note that this record marks the first appearance of "Young Governor," who is really Ben Cook of Guns U... I mean No Warning fame, as the third guitarist.

The over-hyped B-side is entitled "Stars on 45" and merely contains various friends of Fucked Up giving out their Holiday Wishes via rare vinyl while 10,000 Marbles pounds out some soothing renditions of Christmas Carols. Most of the stars previously slated to appear show up, but a few weren't available for a shout-out (they apparently "tried calling David Cross like 10 times"). Really, the only ones worth noting are Cole Alexander wishing everyone a happy Kwanzaa, Jay Retard wishing everyone "a happy dead baby day," and Jerry A giving any holiday wishes at all. On a more personal note, it was funny hearing supreme hottie Shenae Grimes wish everyone a "merry fucking whatever" after watching her play a conservative Christian chick on Degrassi for like two years now. 1000 punk points to Ms. Grimes... I'll never view Darcy the same way ever again.

Bottom line: If you actually ordered the 7" you probably don't care what this review says. If you didn't, it's not worth shelling out $20 on eBay to get one, especially since Fucked Up posted an MP3 of "David Christmas" on their blog about three weeks after the records shipped. This release made me even more anxious to hear another full-length from these guys, despite my less than excited reception of this song. Come on boys, it's time.

 

 
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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.
Scruffy (February 24, 2008)

"I don't get how this got three stars when all you did the entire review was talk about how bad it was.

-Scott"

Because, Scott, it's Fucked Up. They aren't allowed to get anything less than three stars. They're the saviors of punk rock or something. Now, let's go bash Gallows and not recognize the irony!

tenwestchaser (February 23, 2008)

Nelly Furtado, what? Am I out of the loop here?

maverick (February 22, 2008)

I don't get how this got three stars when all you did the entire review was talk about how bad it was.

-Scott

chrisafi (February 22, 2008)

Interesting band, their next LP will make or break them. This EP is indeed pretty pointless though and primarily just frustrating!

feeeding5000 (February 22, 2008)

I don't get the hype about this band! I really find them boring!

etwiels88 (February 22, 2008)

This is their worst 7" to date. Awful a-side, pointless b-side.

douglas_is_rad (February 22, 2008)

Okay, so they took down the link...
here is the link to the blog post from Fucked Up containing a link to the song:
http://lookingforgold.blogspot.com/2008/01/hi-sorry-we-hav ent-been-around-in-while.html

red_eye_inc (February 22, 2008)

I thought this was a cool thing for what it was: a Christams charity fund raiser. They sold them at a christmas show and sold the rest online. I like the a-side, the b-side is just kind of silly. Anyone expecting something super-serious or really aggressive on here would have been disappointed. There sense of fun is what elevates them above many of their contemporaries.

holy_balls (February 22, 2008)

Christmas won't die. Shit!

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