Our new wave Christmas songs are pulled for the most part from the two decades that supplied the greatest bands from the new wave genre, namely the 1970’s and 1980’s. While the songs certainly sound of their time there has been an upsurge in contemporary new wave bands of late so this collection may not be as alien a listen to younger listeners as you might have thought. And with such heavyweights as the Cure, Blondie, INXS and Depeche Mode providing tracks you would imagine that many of the songs would have infiltrated the mainstream Christmas compilations, but for the most part they appear secreted away from general view. Bit a shame really as Blondie offer a typically bolshie version of ‘We Three Kings’ and although this it was produced by a later incarnation of the band Debbie Harry and friends showed they can still kick out the jams. INXS’s 1984 fans-only release of ‘Merry Christmas’ belies their output of the time but it is still a cute period piece. With guitarist Kirk Pengilly taking over from Michael Hutchence on singing duties ‘Merry Christmas’ is an extremely rare single that fetches thousands of dollars at auctions nowadays. The most bizarre entry on this playlist however comes from the 1960’s and is a track from the a Dr. Who (UK TV sci-fi series) compilation album called ‘Who Is Doctor Who’ by that non-Belinda Carlisle version of the Go Go’s. Expect lots of alien noises amongst the familiar sound of yuletide. Sound waves of joys for one and all.
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