take a deep breath (inhale deeply …) let it sink in (… and release.)
On October 29, legendary punk outfit, Bad Religion has released a Christmas album…(crickets)… let me try that one again. Legendary punk outfit, Bad Religion has released a Christmas album. You know. Christmas as in Christ. Now take a deep breath (inhale deeply …) let it sink in (… and release.) This is not a joke by the way. Bad Religion have, in their storied 33 year career, made it quite known that they do not subscribe to any form of theological deity and yet on October 29, SoCal’s sons of Punk released their very unexpected Christmas album simply titled Christmas Songs.
the band rips through with the most glorious punk perfect music that could have only been graced upon them by the likes of Satan himself.
This absolute jewel of a 9 song EP is not only very much not a hoax, but actually quite good. Great actually. Lead vocalist, Greg Graffin evokes a, if you’ll excuse the pun, a heavenly command as he sings Christmas classics such as O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, just to name a few. The opening track to the EP, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing starts with the Bad Religion boys beautifully harmonizing on the song acapella style before the band rips through with the most glorious punk perfect music that could have only been graced upon them by the likes of Satan himself. Along with the eight Christmas standards, the band has also included an Andy Wallace (I don’t think I have to explain who Andy Wallace is. He’s a mix master genius who’s pretty much worked with everybody. Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, koRn, System of a Down. I could go on and on. Just Wikipedia his name.) Mix of their 1993 smash hit “American Jesus” Christmas Songs really is so devilishly delicious, one listen is not enough. From the first track to the last, Bad Religion takes its listeners on a rip roaring hell ride running through the Christmas standards that are re-imagined, redefined and which Bad Religion made their own.
Have yourselves a Merry atheistic Christmas and Darwin bless us … every one.
With the release of “Christmas Songs“, Bad Religion once again proves to the world why they are the kings of Punk, coming second to none. You know my fellow kilSters, Christmas was always one of my favorite holidays (next to Halloween of course). No, not the commercialism of the holiday, I was never down with that, but there was just something about the Christmas season that always made me feel good. I think it was everything that the Christmas season entailed: Wreaths, slaughtered, decorated trees, Christmas stockings, spiked egg nog, and yes, Christmas songs. Up until yesterday, my all time favorite Christmas album was 1970’s Jackson 5 Christmas Album . No more. Never again. Bad Religion changed all of that and it took all of 19 minutes (the length of the EP) for me to move the Jackson 5 down a notch. Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs has replaced every other Christmas song that I have ever heard in my 32 years of breathing as the ultimate in Christmas songs. Move over little Michael! Fuck off Bing! Make way for the new standard of Christ loving Christmas music brought to you courtesy of six of God’s sons: Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, Greg Hetson, Brian Baker, and Brooks Wackerman. Ladies and Gents, Bad Religion have released a Christmas album. Simply fucking WOW. Simply fucking excellent. Have yourselves a Merry atheistic Christmas and Darwin bless us … every one.
Pick up what’s sure to be your new Christmas favorite at the following places:
In case you haven’t done so already, kilScene.com highly recommends you pick up Bad Religion’s 16th studio album, True North
Lastly, Christmas comes early for you my fellow kilSters! By copying the following link and pasting it to your respective browsers, you can stream the full Christmas Songs album for FREE on Youtube!