abp: xmas

Here’s the Spotify link to the playlist. You’re welcome to recreate it on any platform you choose. Just press play and read along, acting like the voice in your head is the DJ. The times listed are that of the song playing, not the full episode length. I play this with a 5-second cross-fade enabled. Have fun!

Intro

FMF#TrackArtistAlbumYear
1“Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal”Black FlamingosMerry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal2020

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00:15 Hello and welcome to abp’s holiday episode! Today we get festive with the holiday cheer, scrooge-y with holiday grumps, and green with holiday envy. Holly and envy, what a Christmas combination! You can find a holiday playlist just about anywhere these days, with many of them featuring the classics we’ve all grown to love. Today on abp, we are venturing into unknown territory. Sure, you’ll hear a classic or two, or maybe a cover of one, but most of these songs are a bit more rare for this time of year, even though this time of year is the entire reason they were recorded!

01:10 There’s an unsurprisingly large amount of holiday punk and garage rock songs out there, and it was quite the challenge to limit this set to 30. Some topics are just more prevalent in rock and roll. A quick search on Spotify or Apple Music returns countless compilations of Christmas cookery, some of them legit releases and many of them fake playlists disguised as a formal release.

01:40 I suppose the reason for so many weird playlists or mixes is because many, many artists record and put out a Christmas song as a single or B-side only to stow it away for the rest of their years. Some recorded them as jokes or gags, some did it to fulfil contractual obligations, some just wanted to party by the punchbowl. Today, we get to dig into some of those obscure ones.

02:10 Many of you might recognize the song playing in the background. That’s the Black Flamingos covering John Williams’ brilliant Home Alone score track “The House”. The introduction song to the movie, Home Alone. Coming up and starting off our fun today, is one of the punk rock Christmas classics you hope to hear this time of year. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt covered this for the popular A Very Special Christmas series in 1997; just over a year after bringing The Vandals on tour with them as an opener. Yes, The Vandals opened for No Doubt. Here’s the story of Haji and Trevor, a turban-wearing punker and a skinhead, respectively, duking it out with a scimitar and num-chuks only to have Haji stop Trevor’s bleeding with his turban and for them both to have whiskey in the pub below. “Oi to the punks, oi to the skins, oi to the world and everyone wins…”

Set 1: He Goes By The Name Jesus And Steals Hubcaps From Cars…

2“Oi To The World”The VandalsOi To The World1996
3“Jingle Bells”The Blues MagoosJingle Bells – 7″ Single1967
4”Christmas”Chuck BerryBack Home1970
5“Run, Run Rudolph”The HumpersHappy Birthday, Baby Jesus – Compilation1993
6“Silent Night”The DickiesSilent Night – 7″ Single1978

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00:15 What a classic! One of the oldest punk covers in existence also happens to be a Christmas song. Sounds about right. The Dickies share The Vandals’ knack for comedy and rock and roll with their jokey lyrics and superbly designed band logo. while also hailing from Southern California. I’d say The Dickies basically started the trend of the “punk cover”. Their debut featured covers of Black Sabbath and Barry McGuire songs along with their first few singles all being covers, including the one we just heard; “Silent Night”.

00:40 The Humpers jumped in to cover Chuck Berry’s smash hit “Run, Rudolph, Run”. They and many others stylize it as “Run, Run Rudolph”, though. Chuck put out the single in 1958 and it peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2019, 62 years later, it hit number 45 on the same chart, setting a record for the largest gap between charting instances. The Humpers’ version came from the 1993 10″ Christmas punk rock compilation Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus.

01:10 Before that, we heard another Chuck Berry Christmas song. Chuck’s “Christmas” is a slower jam than its menacing holiday predecessor “Run, Run Rudolph”, but that song doesn’t reference spinning records with cocaine and cake! “Christmas” comes from Chuck’s 1970 blues rock album Back Home. a reference to his return to Chess Records after a few albums on Mercury.

01:40 One of the earliest psychedelic groups to form, The Blues Magoos started in NYC in 1964 as The Trenchcoats. After a couple years of lineup changes and name shifts, the band put out their debut album Psychedelic Lollipop in 1967. The album featured their lone hit “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”, which in my opinion is basically Ricky Nelson’s “Summertime” cover dripping in brown acid. The following year, the Magoos put out a Christmas single “Jingle Bells” with the B-side “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”.

02:10 Up next is a song that celebrates the holiday many of us choose to observe this season for an excuse to air our grievances at one another. “I gotta lotta problems with you people, and now, you’re gonna hear about it!”. Its hard to find information on Pondicherry Bomb other than a little on their Bandcamp and some random Youtube videos. What I do know, though, is that they hail from Paris, France, play some cool surf/garage rock sounds, and put out an EP in 2015 called The Ginger. This one’s from a standalone single though in 2017, Festivus.

Intermission

7“Tidings Of Comfort And Joy”The VolcanicsChristmas Wassailing2020

Set 2: …For The Rest Of Us

8“Festivus”Pondichery BombFestivus2018
9“Deck The Halls”The SoaksDeck The Halls – Single2015
10“White Christmas”Bad ReligionChristmas Songs2013
11“Christmas Time”Dead GhostsLight Organ Records…With Bells On!2011
12“Xmas Time Again”Pointed SticksPower Pop Santa – 7″ Single2012

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00:15 Pointed Sticks hail from the land of Nardwuar; Vancouver, BC. They were originally active in the late 70s/early 80s, but reformed in the 21st century to continue the magic. They released their debut self-titled in 1980 along with a handful of singles around that time before splitting and reuniting in 2006. In 2012, they put out a Christmas single which included the power pop tune “Xmas Time Again”.

00:40 Vancouver is also home to the garage rock band Dead Ghosts. In 2011, Light Organ Records released a holiday sampler with some exclusive recordings on it from their then-lineup, including the lofi jangle “Christmas Time” from the Canadian foursome.

01:10 The original Irving Berlin-penned, Bing Crosby tune “White Christmas” is the highest selling single of all time with an estimated 50 million copies exchanged for dough. If you look up the most covered songs of all time, “White Christmas” lands at number 11 with 200+ covers. I wonder if they counted this version by Bad Religion?

01:40 The Soaks hail from SoCal, just like Bad Religion, although a bit further south down the coast. The San Diego trio channels their band’s region and fits in well amongst the waves. Their version of “Deck The Halls” alters the vocal melody while holding to the chords and it makes for a delightful holiday delicacy.

02:10 In our next set, we talk about the man…or creature…in red. The US basically bastardized what is now known as Santa Claus, with that exact term first being printed in the Rivington’s Gazette out of NYC, December of 1773. Of course, the legend and mythology behind Santa goes back many hundreds of years, to either Saint Nicholas of the 4th century Greeks bringing dowries to poor Christians, or even more recent to the merging of Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, and other European versions of the frequent flyer. Let’s start off with giving him the rock and roll treatment, though. Here’s “Rock And Roll Santa” from The 5.6.7.8’s.

Intermission

13“Christmas In Las Vegas”Los Straightjackets‘Tis The Season For…2002

Set 3: Not A Creature Was Stirring, Not Even A..

14“Rock And Roll Santa”The 5.6.7.8’sRock And Roll Santa – 7″ Single2003
15”Santa’s Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)”The WogglesSanta’s Coming – Single2014
16”Father Christmas”The KinksFather Christmas – 7″ Single1977
17”Santa Mouse”Bob MorrisonSanta Mouse / It’s Christmas – 7″ Single1966
18“Surfin’ Santa”Lord Douglas ByronSurfin’ Santa – 7″ Single1964

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00:15  Lord Douglas Byron was the frontman for The Continentals (out of LA) in 1962. There are only two known singles recorded by him and the group, with Byron dropping the band’s name from the second release – “Surfin’ Santa”. The end of the tune sounds very similar to “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles, produced by Gary Paxton. Paxton is credited with producing this one too. I think he was on to something.

00:40  Much like Gary, Bob Morrison was a songwriter based our of LA in the late 60s who eventually moved on to country music in the ’70s. His most famous pen might be “Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Back in 1965, he recorded a few singles for Columbia Records, including the novelty tune “Santa Mouse”.

01:10 “Father Christmas” is not only a bigger hit in England, but there are still many, many Americans who have no idea who Father Christmas is. The Kinks’ Ray Davies wrote the tune about a Mall Santa getting accosted after putting on such a joyful face for all the little girls and boys. The song has punk elements to it, which is probably why its been covered by numerous punk bands, such as Bad Religion.

01:40 The Woggles released a benefit album in 2019 for Jeff Walls, aka The Flesh Hammer, one of their founding members. Jeff died of a rare pulmonary disease in May of that year. The band features The Mighty Manfred, a regular DJ on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. The benefit is a compilation of earlier recordings, including one from their 2014 Christmas single Santa’s Coming, which we just heard.

02:10 Alright, continuing on with the surf theme, let’s kick of the next set with one of the pioneering surf groups, The Surfaris. Perhaps thrown in the the hat with other surf rock legends like the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, The Surfaris reign supreme due to their early play in the game, and also due to one of the most iconic drum solos in music from “Wipe Out”. This track, though, comes from a single released a few months after “Wipe Out”, their Christmas single “A Surfer’s Christmas List”. Santa, can you please just bring him some baggies and a customized woody?

Intermission

19”Sleigh Ride” The Vara-TonesHave Yourself A “Vara”
Merry Christmas!
2011

Set 4: Surfin’ Santa’s Got Hockey Hair

20”A Surfer’s Christmas List”The SurfarisA Surfer’s Christmas List – 7″ Single1963
21”Santa And The Sidewalk Surfer”The TurtlesHappy Together Again!1974
22”Little Saint Nick”Best CoastIndie For The Holidays – Amazon Exclusive2019
23”Santa Has A Mullet”Nerf HerderHi-Voltage Christmas Rock2000
24”Santa Claus”Thee HeadcoateesSanta Claus – 7″ Single1992

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00:15 Thee Wild Billy Childish is heard at the beginning of that last track, a cover of The Sonics’ “Santa Claus” done by Billy’s all-women protégé band Thee Headcoatees. Originally performing as The Delmonas, once Holly Golightly joined them for a cameo, Billy renamed them and they began their own storied career. More from Holly later.

00:40 Can we even really be sure that Santa doesn’t have a mullet? I think Nerf Herder makes a strong point here. Comes from the land of ice (hockey), always wears a hat with long flowing white locks out the back, has friends named Rudy, Don, Blitz, etc. What a great tune from their ultra rare holiday EP Hi-Voltage Christmas Rock from 2002.

01:10 More SoCal rock played before that with California coastal advocates Best Coast. Named as such to match Bethany Constantino’s initials, but also to plug the west coast as the best. They channeled their surf-rock ancestors the Beach Boys with a cover of “Little Saint Nick”, taken from an Amazon exclusive holiday playlist in 2019.

01:40 Before Best Coast, we played more surfin’ Santa satire from, you guessed it, Southern California. I heard they like to surf there. The Turtles were out of LA and hit it big with “Happy Together” but not before recording a few LPs and singles for White Whale. One of those singles, “Santa And The Sidewalk Surfer” wasn’t released officially until their 1974 compilation LP Happy Together Again.

02:10 While many of us who celebrate this time of year want nothing but a perfect, snowy white day with everything going our way, that almost never happens. In our next set, we hear about some holiday mishaps and non-ideal conditions to celebrate. Perhaps one of the most famous holiday mishaps, is the story of Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. You know, the reindeer whose nose glowed red and lighted the way for Santa’s sleigh? Totally logical. Here’s the Galaxies out of the Pacific Northwest USA from the Merry Christmas garage rock compilation in 1965 singing about that magical flying hooved creature.

Intermission

25”Skating”Vince Guaraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas1965

Set 5: Christ-mishaps

26“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”The GalaxiesMerry Christmas – Compilation1965
27“Christmas Tree On Fire”Holly GolightlyChristmas Tree On Fire – 7″ Single2006
28“Rain, Sleet, Snow”Paul Revere & The RaidersA Christmas Present…And Past1967
29“Gingerbread Man”Tommy James & The ShondellsMony Mony1968
30“Christmas In Baghdad”Black LipsMerry Christmas – 7″2007

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00:15 There’s spending Christmas alone, and then there’s spending Christmas alone on a cot in a tent in a warzone. The Black Lips’ “Christmas In Baghdad” is one of the most depressing holiday songs around with lyrics pining over wanting to go home and not end up dead, face-down in the sand. Too real, man. To all those soldiers stuck somewhere during the holidays, even if you want to be there, this ones for you.

00:40 Tommy James & The Shondells were riding high in 1968 after their titular single “Mony Mony” hit the airwaves. Their album of the same name reached #193 on the Billboard 200, and when the next LP was due to be released, the first single, “Do Something To Me” featured the B-side “Gingerbread Man”, which was actually taken from Mony Mony.

01:10 Another sixties garage staple played prior to that with Paul Revere And The Raiders doing “Rain, Sleet, Snow”. The group was waning in popularity by 1967 with the tide changing toward a more psychedelic sound than the standard pop rock. So, naturally, the band turned up the fuzz and wah and made a Christmas album. It works though!

01:40 Holly Golightly covered a lesser-known songwriter’s ode to a burning evergreen. Tom Heinl, the Eugene, Oregon based musician wrote “Christmas Tree On Fire” for his 2003 album With Or Without Me. The album also featured a second round of every song after the final track, with the vocals removed. Tom called the “Stereoke” tracks and was hoping you’d sing along. Holly released her cover as a standalone single in 2006.

02:10 Alright, Christmas night is fast approaching and we’ve got one more set to go. Up next are some real classic holiday songs out of the punk world. blink-182 took their sound in a new direction after reforming and adding Tom Delonge-replacement Matt Skiba to the lineup. Their early records still stand with the best 90s skate punk, though. In 1997, just after releasing Dude Ranch, the band recorded “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” for KROQ’s annual holiday concert/party. This was one of the last recordings to feature their original drummer Scott Raynor. Scott, this one’s for you, sir. Here’s Mark, Tom, and Scott doing their holiday jam.

Intermission

31”Plump Righteous”King Khan & The BBQ ShowMerry Christmas – 7″2007

Set 6: New Year’s Christmas

32”I Won’t Be Home For Christmas”blink-182I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Single1997
33“Every Day Is Christmas”Sass DragonsSnacking Is For Sissies – Digital EP2007
34”Sweet Christmas”Shonen KnifeSweet Christmas – Single2011
35”Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”The RamonesBrain Drain1989
36”I Wish It Was Christmas Today”Julian CasablancasI Wish It Was Christmas Today – Single2009

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00:15 That song was destined for greatness the moment it hit the airwaves on December 9th, 2000. Saturday Night Live premiered their Season’s Greeting bit with an original tune performed by Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan. The song was catchy. So catchy, that fellow NYC native Julian Casablancas of The Strokes recorded this version for a standalone single to his solo album 9 years later.

00:40 More NYC holiday rock before that with The Ramones doing their famous holiday tune “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”. The song’s been covered by Bowling For Soup, Mattiel, Asobi Seksu, and even Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul. Yep, that Little Steven! It also proclaims a great message. Maybe just for one night, we don’t have to fight.

01:10 Though inspired by The Ramones, Shonen Knife totally outlasted them as a punk band. The Japanese all-women trio formed in 1981 and found notoriety in America due to Kurt Cobain putting their debut tape on his “Top 50 by Nirvana” list found in his autobiography. Well, that came later, they actually opened for Nirvana on their 1991 Nevermind tour and thought the Seattle trio looked scary and very grunge. Ha! We heard “Sweet Christmas”, a single from 2007.

01:40 From the Big Apple over to the Windy City, Sass Dragons hail from the Midwest’s largest metropolis, Chicago. The punk trio contributed their 2007 song “Every Day Is Christmas” from their Snacking For Sissies split to the Chicago-based band comp Half-Assed Chicago on Johann’s Face Records.

02:10 Well that brings us to the end of the episode. I hope you enjoyed some of these tracks and facts and welcome you to join abp again next time! Now go open that “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” and learn about how she got pregnant…or didn’t.

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Outro

37”The House”John WilliamsHome Alone
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1982

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abp: zombies

Here’s the Spotify link to the playlist. You’re welcome to recreate it on any platform you choose. Just press play and read along, acting like the voice in your head is the DJ. The times listed are that of the song playing, not the full episode length. I play this with a 5-second cross-fade enabled. Have fun!

Intro

FMF#TrackArtistAlbumYear
1“Driveway To The Cemetary (Main Title)”Morricone YouthNight Of The Living Dead2016

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00:15 Hello and welcome to abp’s zombie episode! Today we are going to dig up from the dirt and claw our way out of our graves. Today is all about zombies! The Wikipedia definition of a what makes a zombie is a fictional undead corporeal revenant created through the reanimation of a corpse. So, walking dead.

01:10 Zombies have become apart of normal culture now, with more and more movies and artistic works putting their own new twist on the old idea of reanimation. These days, you might find zombies spawning in other ways such as carriersradiation, mental diseases, vectorspathogensparasites, scientific accidents, etc.

01:40 Zombies go well with rock and roll. They’ve been written about musically since the 60s and have always had that dark side vibe to them. Really though, they’re just shuffling bags of rotten meat meandering through the night looking for brains. The horror punk genre will be represented well today.

02:10 The Creepshow have cycled through three singers over their years, starting with Jen “Hellcat” Blackwood. Jen contribtued to the band’s debut album and recorded a music video for “Zombies Ate Her Brain”, but would ultimately leave the group after getting pregnant and starting a family. Those pesky kiddos. The group then brought on Sarah “Sin” Blackwood for a few albums before shifting to Kenda Legaspi. Here’s Jen singing that first single.

Set 1: Have We All Turned Into Zombies?

2“Zombies Ate Her Brain”The CreepshowSell Your Soul2006
3“Zombie Nation”The BrainsZombie Nation2010
4”Zombie Nay-shun”Sick VicarsTwo Nintey Nine1984
5“Zombie Girl”The QuintessentialsLegends From The Grave2005
6“Zombies”The LillingtonsThe Too Late Show2006

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00:15 I’d like to think of that one as theme song to today’s themed episode. Well, that’s the song I quoted in the playlist artwork. The Lillingtons ask if we’ve “all turned into zombies” in their 2006 tune “Zombie”. The band has been churning out tight, three chord punk rock since the mid 90s, with lead singer Kody Templeton fueling the fight. Kody also sings and plays for Teenage Bottlerocket; Wyoming’s other punk band. Just kidding, I’m sure there are dozens of them…

00:40 Uttering the words Hawaii and punk will likely spark a conversation about The Quintessentials, Hawaii’s most famous horror punk group. Of course, “most famous” is relative and opinion-based, but you get the point. Led by Les Hernandez, the group churned out five albums since their inception. “Zombie Girl” comes from their 3rd LP, 2005’s Legends From The Grave.

01:10 Riot Squad were a punk band out of Mansfield, UK that formed in the early 80s. After forming, a few of the members started Rot Records to release their music along with other local punk acts. In 1984, they put out the compilation Two Ninety Nine, a collection of UK bands. Sick Vicars landed two songs on the comp and we heard “Zombie Nay-shun” from them.

01:40 The Brains are a Canadian psychobilly band led by Rene De La Muerte Garcia. After 18 years and a solid seven albums leading The Brains, Rene was tapped by scene legend Nekromantix frontman Kim Nekroman to play drums for them. Kim is famous for playing a standup bass shaped like a coffin. We heard “Zombie Nation”, the title track from The Brains’ 2010 LP.

02:10 Coming up next is a zombie jamboree dance fest! Mark Sultan and King Khan put out What’s For Dinner? in 2006 as The King Khan & BBQ Show. The duo channels retro sounds in all walks of their music, be it funk, soul, garage, or punk, and mixes in their own new flavors. With “Zombies”, you get that punk attitude chugging along in a very militant way accompanied by a lamenting for being alone. Here’s “Zombies”.

Intermission

7“Watusi Zombie”Jan DavisWatusi Zombie / Pooky1964

Set 2: Dead Can Dance

8“Zombies”The King Khan & BBQ ShowWhat’s For Dinner?2006
9“Zombie Dance”The CrampsSongs The Lord Taught Us1980
10“Do The Zombie”The EyelinersDo The Zombie1997
11“Zombie Hop”Zombina And The SkeletonesMondo Zombina!2005
12“Zombie Zoo”Tom PettyFull Moon Fever1989

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00:15 Full Moon Fever showcased some of Tom Petty’s influences along with some of his extremely talented friends. Fellow Traveling Wilburys Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison all contributed to this LP, with Jeff producing it. Del Shannon, someone Tom looked up to as a kid and befriended as an adult, contributed the animal noises to the interlude, right after “Runnin’ Down A Dream”; a song that references Del himself.

00:40 Zombina & The Skeletones are a Liverpool band hopelessly devoted to horror punk. Vocalist Zombina also learned the theramin to bring that spooky, UFO sound to their music, too. Paying homage to the Ramones’ 1992 album Mondo Bizarro, the group named one of their EPs Mondo Zombina!. That EP features “Zombie Hop”.

01:10 Timmy V from The Lillingtons was the Eyeliners’ touring drummer for a while, connecting the Wyoming group with the New Mexico sisters. Lisa, Laura, and Gel Baca make up the punk trio. They recorded “Do The Zombie” in 1997 at Poop Alley Studio, the same studio that Beck recorded “Loser” at. Three years later, they would put the song on their Here Comes Trouble album.

01:40 The Cramps, the Godfathers of psychobilly, dropped in with a song the Lord taught them. The Cramps predate the Misfits by only a few months, but both bands put their own spin on spooky songs. The Cramps were more Carl Perkins than Ramones, with the Misfits being the opposite. “Zombie Dance” is a classic and must play for today’s show.

02:10 Misfits fans, rejoice! The time has come for the CEOs of Horror Business to rain blood on our episode. Coming up next is a five song set all from the Misfits, in one way or another. Misfits mastermind Glenn Danzig announced in 2016 he’d be rejoining the group, bringing the main original lineup back together. Right before that, though, Jerry Only and his son had recorded the Friday the 13th EP with drummer Chupacabra featuring the zombie tune “Mad Monster Party”.

Intermission

13“Hollywood Babylon”The Crimson GhostsSome Kinda Hits2005

Set 3: Dawn Of The Danzig

14“Mad Monster Party”MisfitsFriday The 13th2016
15”London Dungeon”The UndeadThe Morgue…The Merrier2016
16”Astro Zombies”King FlamingoCovers, Baby!, Vol. 12018
17”Braineaters”The UnbornThe Last Man On Earth2020
18“Night Of The Living Dead”88 Fingers LouieHopelessly Devoted To You1996

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00:15  Zombies speak in groans, and half of the Misfits’ catalog is whoas, ohs, and oohs. 88 Fingers Louie, named after a Dick Tracy character, covered the Misfits’ zombie classic “Night Of The Living Dead” for the 1996 Hopeless Records compilation Hopeless Devoted To You; a take on Grease.

00:40  The Unborn ate brains in Italian with a cover of ‘Braineaters”. The closing track from Misfits’ Walk Among Us was sang by the entire band to give the effect of a mob of zombies chasing their dinner, lunch, breakfast and brunch. The Unborn rewrote the verses with completely different lyrics, instead singing about eating heads and the lack of options in the city as a zombie leaving you to just eat brains. The song comes from their 2020 EP The Last Man On Earth.

01:10 King Flamingo earned my respect solely due to the punny genre they classify themselves as; Goo-Wop. Goo-Wop Records put out King Flamingo’s Covers Baby, Vol. 1 back in 2018 and also most of the group’s other efforts. The lo-fi garage act took a new approach to the often covered “Astro Zombies”.

01:40 Glenn Danzig wrote “London Dungeon” with Misfits’ then-guitarist Bobby Steele while the two were in a London jail cell after a battle with some local skinheads. When the Misfits returned to the US from that 1979 European tour, Bobby quit and went on to form The Undead the following year. The Undead would then go on to cover the song on their 2016 LP The Morgue…The Merrier.

02:10 Moving from the “Night of the Living Dead” now, to a set of living dead songs. The Plasmatics were a metal punk band led by the notoriously wild Wendy O. Williams. Wendy was a porn star-turned-rock star famous for her onstage antics, including chainsaws, toplessness, and other extremities. Her voice, was not that of singing birds, either. She’s almost like the opposite sex version of G.G. Allin, if such a person could exist. I stress almost. Here’s Wendy and the group doing “Living Dead” from Beyond The Valley of 1984.

Intermission

19”Zombie (Bolero)”Xavier Cugat & His OrchestraCugi’s Cocktails1963

Set 4: Blight Of The Living Dead

20”Living Dead”The PlasmaticsBeyond The Valley Of 19841981
21”Living Dead”UK SubsEndangered Species1982
22”Talk About The Living Dead”The SpookshowPsychosexual Chapter 22006
23”Living Dead”Strange HandsDead Frozen Deer2010
24”The Living Dead”Jim Burgett With Don Ralke And His OrchestraLet’s Investigate / The Living Dead1961

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00:15 Jim Burgett was a little-known rockabilly singer out of Ceres, California who was active in the late 50s Lake Tahoe scene. Jim stuck with it for a while but his songs would never gain the national notoriety. He recorded his most well-known hit, “The Living Dead” in 1961 and would lay down a few more tracks throughout the 60s before calling it quits.

00:40 Strange Hands hail from Bordeaux, France and classify themselves as Hippie Punk. The band put out the Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things EP, which was put out on cassette by Burger Records. “Living Dead” comes from their 2010 EP Dead Frozen Deer.

01:10 The Spookshow are a Swedish horror punk group right in the vein of The Creepshow or The Horrorpops. The makeup of a horror punk group does offer a stereotypical cliche; pinup girl-esque singer, stand-up bass (sometimes shaped like a coffin), and sideburns. Lots of sideburns. The formula works, though. As many of these bands have proven. The Spookshow played “Talk About The Living Dead”, led by Laura Weed.

01:40 UK Subs became the first Western band to play Poland in 1982 after martial law had been imposed. They were touring for their recently released album Endangered Species and after the addition of Steve Roberts on drums and Alvin Gibbs on bass had taken the punk band in a more metal direction. “Living Dead” fit in nicely behind the Plasmatics.

02:10 The Horrorpops were one of the original purveyors of that special horror punk formula. That stand-up coffin bass? Signature bass of Kim Nekroman, lead singer and founder of Nekromantix; one of the first psychobilly bands. Kim is married to Patricia Day, singer of the Horrorpops, and helped launch her career after the two met in the mid 90s. Here’s Patricia singing “Walk Like A Zombie” from their sophomore LP Bring It On!.

Intermission

25”Zombie Compromise”Shadowy Men On A Shadow PlanetWow Hiss Flutter ’861986

Set 5: Dead Man Walking

26“Walk Like A Zombie”The HorrorpopsBring It On!2005
27“Zombie Walk”The CynicsSpinning Wheel Motel2011
28“I Walked With A Zombie”Roky Erickson And The Aliens Roky Erickson And The Aliens1980
29“Walking Dead”The ViciousAlienated2006
30“Walking Dead”Barb Wire DollsSlit2012

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00:15 Barb Wire Dolls are a Greek punk band that made their name in front of the legendary Lemmy Kilmister at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. After seeing them play, Lemmy signed them to his Warner Bros. backed subsidiary label Motorhead Music. Their sophomore album, Slit, was produced by Steve Albini and the intensity of its sound proves so. I played “Walking Dead” from that LP.

00:40 The Vicious were a Swedish garage punk band in the late 2000s that put out one EP and one album before splitting up and forming a different group. 3/4 of The Vicious went on to form Masshysteri, a similar band but with lyrics in Swedish. The Vicious’ lone EP had a song on it titled “Masshysteri”, the Swedish word for mass hysteria. “Walking Dead” came from their 2008 LP Alienated.

01:10 Speaking of aliens…Roky Erickson formed the Aliens (as blieb alien) after doing a stint at the Rusk State Hospital in Rusk, Texas. He was transferred there from the Austin State Hospital where he was being held due to his conviction of the possession of a single joint. Facing ten years, he plead insanity and was henceforth given a bunch of electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatments. “I Walked With A Zombie” comes from the first two overlapping LPs recorded with the Aliens in 1980/1981.

01:40 The Cynics were formed in the early 1980s at the direction of Gregg Kostelich. Gregg would form Get Hip Records to put out the band’s material and also sign other garage rock artists that continue to carry the lo-fi fuzz torch. Get Hip has put out albums by Thee Headcoatees, The Black Hollies, The Fleshtones, The Gories, and more. From their final LP, Spinning Wheel Motel, the band contributed “Zombie Walk”.

02:10 On Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever album, he name drops Del Shannon’s “Runaway” during “Runnin’ Down A Dream”. For Screeching Weasel’s 1988 sophomore LP, the Chicago band threw down a cover of “Runaway”, albeit only thirty-some seconds long. What more do you need? Coming up, from 1988’s Boogadaboogadaboogada, this is “Zombie”.

Intermission

31”Zombie Catchers”The EyeberriesThe Eyeberries2017

Set 6: Infidel Mars

32”Zombie”Screeching WeaselBoogadaboogadaboogada1988
33“Del Mar Zombies”The FrightsFur Sure2013
34”Zombie Features”Fake TidesFake Tides2010
35”Rockin’ Zombie”The CrewnecksRockin’ Zombie / When I First Fall In Love1959
36”Infidel Zombie’”The DickiesDawn Of The Dickies1979

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00:15 The Crewnecks were a group of college kids that played the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area for a four years before splitting up. They recorded only a few singles, including “Rockin’ Zombie”, which was covered by garage rock band Messer Chups. The group would split in 1961, though, due to military commitments.

00:40 The Dickies released their sophomore LP Dawn Of The Dickies just six months after George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead hit theaters in the US in 1979. In a clear homage to George’s film, the album cover shows the band being attacked by blue painted zombies with the lettering accompanied by blood spatter. “Infidel Zombie” tells the story of a girl on a murderous mission.

01:10 Let’s think about what makes a zombie a zombie. Undead? Check. Eating brains? Check. Shuffling along looking for their next victim? Check. These are some common zombie features. Fake Tides exemplify the sounds of their habitat perfectly. They hail from SoCal; San Diego, California. Imperial Beach exactly. That surf/punk/garage sound wafts through the air waves of herb smoke and vape emissions. Fake Tides did “Zombie Features” from their self-titled debut.

01:40 Just a few blocks away, perhaps, resides another SoCal San Diego group; The Frights. The group enlisted FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper to produce their third album Hypochondriac. For their followup, though, they enlisted bass player Richard Dotson to produce in a cabin in Idyllwild, California. From their 2nd EP, Fur Sure, that was “Del Mar Zombies”.

02:10 Alright deadites, that’s the end of it. Grab your chainsaws, your shotguns, your machetes, your flamethrowers, and any other zombie deterring weapons you have just lying around. Its time to liquify the dead! I hope you enjoyed the show and stay safe out there!

02:15 (music plays and fades out)

Outro

37”Citadel Zombies”The DamnedStrawberries1982

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