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Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

Too soon?

Kristen was looking for suggestions for a holiday mix, which sent me digging into my collection to throw a few tunes her way. Around that same time, Joan Jett's Blackheart Records drops their new holiday release A Blackheart Christmas into my lap.

A Blackheart Christmas

And on A Blackheart Christmas is a cover of one of my most favoritest holiday songs ever, Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" as covered by Seattle punkers The Cute Lepers.

The Cute Lepers - Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

BTW - I know that favoritest is not a word, but with your help, if we use it enough, we can get it in there, just like meh.

"Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" has been covered at least once before, by SR-71 (remember them?) and the new version by The Cute Lepers is good campy fun that doesn't veer too far away from the original version by Squier.

Believe it or not, I never saw the original video for Squier's version, and actually I didn't even know there was such an animal.

Now that I actually know where most of my holiday CDs are, I'm contemplating my first holiday mix in years to get all of my favorites whittled down to a disc or two. If I actually get around to it, I'll share the rundown with you all.

What are some of your rock and roll holiday favorites?

Billy Squier - Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

Stream the A Blackheart Christmas album here.

Purchase A Blackheart Christmas via Itunes.

Here's the full press release:

Joan Jett's Blackheart Records Holiday Album Available Now on iTunes

Features Newly Recorded Holiday Standards, Original Tunes and a Joan Jett Classic

The holidays are right around the corner and Blackheart Records, Joan Jett's record label, will be celebrating with a holiday album available on iTunes. The album features newly recorded holiday standards from Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots and original tunes from Seattle punks The Cute Lepers and veteran Blackheart band The Vacancies. A modern take on "Silent Night" closes out the 11-track offering. Recently recorded with Joan Jett on vocals and guitar, the track includes excerpts from Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago earlier this month.

Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Vacancies and The Cute Lepers are all featured artists on Jett's Blackheart Records, a company she started over 25 years ago, making her the first woman to start her own rock label.

Track Listing:
1. Blue Christmas - Girl in a Coma
2. The Elf Song - The Vacancies (original)
3. Santa Baby - The Dollyrots
4. Little Drummer Boy - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5. Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You - The Cute Lepers
6. Father Christmas - The Vacancies
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Girl in a Coma
8. Winter Wonderland - Thommy Price featuring Nefertiti Bones
9. Home For Christmas - Kenny Laguna
10. All I Ever Want (Under The Christmas Tree) - The Cute Lepers (original)
11. Silent Night - The Blackhearts and special guests

  • Jose

    I love Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and I like the cover that No Use For A Name did of that song as well. All I Want for Christmas is You being covered by My Chemical Romance. Santa Claus is coming to town By The Boss, there are so many others i am drawing a blank right now

  • Brian

    My fav J-day (jesus day) album to date is Punk Rock X-mas. It has attitude positive jingles featuring Mojo Nixon, the Ramones, and a band called the Greedies (Sex Pistols & Thin Lizzy member side project…). Even if I hardly listen to it but once a year it is my fav comp ever.

  • Mel

    Ha, Billy Squire.

    OK, I have no favorite Christmas songs, other than the original “Silver Bells” by Bing Crosby.

    Everything else about the holidays can go suck it… except for the eggnog.

  • Mel

    And then I have to go and stick my foot in my mouth because I love Girl in a Coma … I didn’t pay attention at first that they had a recording on this album.

    I’ll shut up and go listen now…

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Jose – I think that’s why I need to make a Xmas mix. There are SO many tunes that I love, and each year, I have to mentally remember them all, and then dig them out from the various parts of my collection.

    Brian – I always like your J-Day refs.

    Mel – I often share your sentiments about the holidays, and if I go storming off, I always make sure that I take the eggnog with me!

  • Brian

    Matt, you know retail has killed my Xmas spirit. I give much thanks to that certain little record store that used me and my great staff through a holiday season only to can us all the J-Day…without formally telling us… At least I was able to gain your friendship even if you do rock out to Winger too much.

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