Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy)
Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
Izzy Adler- Drums
Favorite Tracks: Christmas In Hawaii, What Do You Want For Christmas?, Santa Baby, All Alone On Christmas,
Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Teenage Bottlerocket
What happened to the crazy Christmas videos from the 70s, 80s, 90’s? They say video killed the radio star, did internet streaming kill the video star? Actually MTv pretty much killed itself by switching over to a reality TV format. This started way before internet streaming became the popular format. So I thought in the spirit of Christmas and that of Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”. I’d revisit some ghosts of Christmas past before checking out the new Jagger Holly release.
Let’s start things off with the The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). Next to FEAR’s. “Fuck Christmas” this is by far one of my favorite Christmas videos. The popular school of thought is Joey wrote this for his current girlfriend at the time Linda Ramone. We may never know, but the legal battle over the Ramones copyright continues today.
Another favorite Christmas video of mine is RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”. Not only is the video hilarious; but the song proved that rap could create some excellent seasonal tunes.
Last but number one in my book overall, The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”. This controversial song reminds us that not all is happy and joyous.
This review is not really about any of the songs above, but they are all about Christmas. Since the rise 90’s punk. The amount of covers and originals are endless. So how is, Jagger Holly – “Somewhere It’s Christmas” in 3 words, A TOTAL BLAST! The intro track, “Ghost Of Christmas Past”, pays homage to the classic setting up the rest of the album. Personally I’d throw in some hits from the over consumed, People Corrupting People’s album, “White Elephant”.
“Christmas in Hawaii” is next and comes in with some surf like chords while paying tribute to “Mele Kalikimaka”. “What Do You Want For Christmas” follows with a fantastic love ballad. Speaking on love ballads. I have yet to be Whammed, by “Last Christmas”. Let us hope I don’t hear it. Haha! “Santa Baby” is next with twist on the popular song with Jagger Holly giving us an original version. The lyrics are hilarious.
I feel so good lately,
except for the drugs we used,
Satan made me do,
The next track is “Lonely”. Talk about seasonal blues! I love this ballad. It’s sad, but it’s for all of us missing someone special this time of year. As Clark Griswold introduces, “Holiday Without You” you are set up for old Griswold family christmas! This is a fun track! The “Ghost Of Christmas Present” follows with a super heavy bass line! This is a great instrumental track only.
Next up is a fantastic cover of Darlene Love’s, “All Alone On Christmas”. This track appeared on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Sadly the movie was forgettable and somewhat strange to say the least. This cover features Lucy Spazzy ( Lucy And The Rats/ Spazzys) on vocals. I dig this version much better than the original. Lucy’s voice reminds me of Kirsty Maccoll. She nails this track! Side note the original was written by Steven Van Zandt.
“Number One On My Christmas List” follows with a strong pop punk tune. Jagger Holly is one of those bands I simply love listening to and “It’s Christmas Somewhere” incorporates everything we love and hate about Christmas. The next song is an anthem ballad called, “I’m Not Coming Home Christmas”. Now I’m not sure if this is a rip at Don Henley’s, “Please Come Home For Christmas, but It just might be.
The “Ghost Of Christmas Future” follows and returns a strong surf/rockabilly beat. I’d be lying if I said, “I hate rockabilly Christmas tunes”. In fact I was raised on them! The final track is, “Mistletoe” and continues the country twang. It pokes fun at atheists celebrating Christmas. It’s time I go try and wrap some presents!
In conclusion, Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” is like a snowy Hawaiian adventure from Christmas’s past, and a pop punk rumble through the future. I would love to see, “All Alone On Christmas” hit the pop charts as we need new Christmas songs forced down our throats on November 1rst. I swear to God If I hear one more song! My only con of the album? Well at one point they mention, “Jingle All The Way” as their favorite Christmas movie. I beg to differ! “Christmas Vacation” is the ultimate winner. I kid of course. So if you need a change to the yule, throw on Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”!
What are your favorite Christmas jams and movies? Let us know down the comments!