If you thought post punk was not exactly the most perfect theatre for Christmas music you’d be right but that hasn’t stop some of its finest exponents from the genre to sneer their way through a festive song or two. Green Day haven’t fully embraced their inner Christmas child just yet but they did post three festive recordings on their website in the run up to the release of their 2004 album ‘American Idiot’. ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’, ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ may not have benefited from the best production values but there’s no doubting Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates sound like they are having a blast during the recordings. Previous to that there was a mention of Christmas on the ‘Deadbeat Holiday’ track on their ‘Warning’ album from 2000. It was a more a passing mention however as it took a pot-shot at the sight of Christmas lights appearing in mid summer.
In 2011 Billy Joe, his wife Adrienne and family formed a band called the Boo and released an EP which contained a song called ‘Little Silent Boy’ which was a mash-up of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Silent Night’. It was fun, energetic and completely throwaway – just like all the best Christmas music.
The Santa Claws And The Naughty But Nice Orchestra have carved out a nice niche for themselves by taking the music of heavy rock bands and turning it a brighter shade of seasonal. The largely anonymous crew have had their most successful effort with Christmasising the music of Metallica but 2007’s ‘The Green Days of Christmas’ is also well worth a listen if for nothing else than to hear ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’ and ‘When I Come Around’ gone completely sleigh bell crazy.Author: Kevin