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The Overlooked First Punk Rock Christmas Song (The Kinks “Father Christmas”) | New Christmas Canon

Trash Theory | April 2, 2024
The Overlooked First Punk Rock Christmas Song (The Kinks "Father Christmas") | New Christmas Canon

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  1. @cannyvalley

    April 2, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    Best Christmas song ever…but I must defend Greg Lake-that song is not at all cheerful and trite. It’s a cynical screed about deception, loss of innocence, loss of faith and man’s inhumanity as the author of his own destruction.

    If The Kinks’ Father Christmas is the street level vision of the human condition, Greg Lake’s is the view from 20,000 feet.

  2. @radiobroog8091

    April 2, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    I wouldn't call the song overlooked. I hear it a bunch every Christmas season since it was first released, and it appears in many films and shows. Also, Greg Lake sings "And I BELIEVED in Father Christmas". Both songs deal with the inherent pretension of the holiday. I love both songs.

  3. @danieleyre8913

    April 2, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    I downloaded that Kinks’ Father Christmas song on Kazaa some time around 2001 on a whim with no idea what it was. I cracked up laughing on first listening, and got my own band to play it, who all loved it, and audiences liked it too.
    It must’ve been overlooked in the late 70s because of poor promotion and distribution. I guess they were washed up by then.

  4. @shaneborger9054

    April 2, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    This is a fantastic video. The Kinks deserve more accolades like this. I’m just discovering them apart from You Really Got me and All the Day and All of the Night. The early UK punks liked to sneer at bands like the Kinks but they owed a lot to them.

  5. @GremlinSpike69

    April 2, 2024 at 6:08 pm

    Hey, Trash Theory can you do a story on Bittersweet Symphony I've always been unsure of the details and whether the Rolling Stones were complete cunts about the whole thing!

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