Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Xmas

This seasonal adjunct to Rhino’s 15-volume proto-alternative series of ’80s favorites is characterized as much by sweetness as wigginess: check out XTC’s “Thanks for Christmas” and Squeeze’s “Christmas Day,” the latter of which name-checks everything from tree lights to British comedy team Morecambe and Wise. Closest to true new-wave sound and spirit is They Might Be Giants’ Farfisa-driven “Santa’s Beard,” but this eclectic mix’s stretches generally succeed. Still, a couple of complaints: why a dreary “Little Drummer Boy” by Miracle Legion instead of the turbocharged one from Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n’ Roll? But it’s churlish to complain about a record so well-meaning that it stacks up a blindingly good “Rudolph” by Los Lobos, a vintage single by Matthew Sweet’s early Buzz of Delight, and “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl–what a tearjerker.

–Rickey Wright

The Sonic More Music playlist below includes all 17 tracks from the CD.


Track Listings


1. Thanks For Christmas – The Three Wise Men (aka XTC)
2. Christmas Day – Squeeze
3. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
4. Rudolph The Manic Reindeer – Los Lobos
5. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
6. Santa Claus – Throwing Muses
7. Little Drummer Boy – Miracle Legion
8. Xmas At K-Mart – Root Boy Slim And The Sex Change Band With The Rootettes
9. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie And Bing Crosby
10. One Christmas Catalogue – Captain Sensible
11. All I Want For Christmas – Timbuk 3
12. Shouldn’t Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas – Wall Of Voodoo
13. Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants
14. Christmas – The Buzz Of Delight (Featuring Matthew Sweet)
15. Christmas Time – Chris Stamey Group
16. Mary Xmess – Sun 60
17. Careless Santa – Mono Puff


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