6 Christmas Punk Songs You Haven't Heard

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The Night Stalkers nabbed this photo for their song "Christmas Blue Balls."

Joy to the world, it's a Christmas themed list! Oh and look, we even incorporated "punk" into it. It seems as if Riverfront Times has done it again. Look, we understand your concerns, but scan the internet. You'll find a bunch of pathetic lists with Fall Out Boy and that dopey '90s record from The Vandals. Scratch a little deeper and you'll find last holiday's precious gift: Punk Goes Christmas, a compilation with bands like All Time Low and Yellowcard - the perfect collection for your closest friend who still wears a Nightmare Before Christmas stocking cap.

While it would be easy to dig into these lists and records, we're all knee deep in holiday spirit. Instead, we'd rather give you a present. As pointed out in our recent "punk" themed list of Christmas songs, any decent deviant knows hits like Fear's "Fuck Christmas" or that goddamn Ramones song. So here's six ones you haven't heard.


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The 12 Best Songs For a St. Louis Christmas

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Matt Harnish of Bunnygrunt has been a proponent of local Christmas music for more than a decade.

Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer have brought together the 12 best locally sourced songs of the season. And these guys know their stuff. After all, they penned The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs -- a massive list featured in last month's Thanksgiving edition of RFT.


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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 12: Rough Shop, "Just Because it was Christmas"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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And on the last day of STL Christmas, we give you Rough Shop.

Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down 12 of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 12: Rough Shop, "Just Because It Was Christmas" (2009)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 11: Chuck Berry, "Spending Christmas"

Categories: Holiday Jams
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Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 11: Chuck Berry, "Spending Christmas" (1964)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 10: The Temptations, "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down 12 of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 10: The Temptations, "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" (1970)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs


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Remember That Time Death Row Records Released a Christmas Album?

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You better watch out...
If you grew up an outspoken hip-hop fan around the holidays, chances are some well-meaning Secret Santa stuffed your stocking with a little holiday compilation called Christmas on Death Row. Yes, this album exists.

Christmas on Death Row is an record that has puzzled used CD store clerks since its release in 1996. It's still baffling that the label that gave us The Chronic, Doggystyle and nationwide gangsta rap hysteria devoted its resources to a full-length album of Yuletide tunes.

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 9: Kamikaze Cowboy, "White Christmas/Silver Bells/White Christmas"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Kamikaze Cowboy

Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 9: Kamikaze Cowboy, "White Christmas/Silver Bells/White Christmas" (2000)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs


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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 8: Funky Butt Brass Band, "Crazy Sleigh"

Categories: Holiday Jams

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Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 8, Funky Butt Brass Band -- "Crazy Sleigh" (2011)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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The 11 Most Confusing Christmas Albums of the Past Decade

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We found so many weird Christmas records that the Judas Priest frontman's holiday album didn't even make the list.
By Josh Chesler

Every year, new artists try their hands at making Christmas albums. It works for some (Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé), but for many others, it's just a weird experiment.

It's more or less expected for a lot of country singers and mainstream pop stars to make at least some kind of holiday offering, but there are plenty of musicians and bands who do so even though it doesn't seem to fit the general theme of their music. Here's our list of eleven Christmas albums from artists who we think have no business making Christmas albums.

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Twelve Days of STL Christmas, Day 7: Grace Basement, "A Kiss For All the World"

Categories: Holiday Jams
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Christmas is upon us, and that means inoculating yourself against the relentless onslaught of much of the Christmas carol canon. To save your ears -- and to celebrate the seasonal offerings of some local artists -- senior music writers Roy Kasten and Christian Schaeffer will count down twelve of the finest holiday jams from St. Louis artists each weekday from now through December 24.

Day 7: Grace Basement, "A Kiss For All the World" (2012)

See also: The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

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