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Christmas 1979

Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire
3 Dec. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 Nov. 2007
  • Release Date: 3 Dec. 2007
  • Label: Damaged Goods
  • Copyright: 2007 Damaged Goods Records
  • Total Length: 30:54
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  • ASIN: B001O2CI6M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,721 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Mr Grieves on 20 Dec. 2010
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By far the finest Christmas album I've heard (although Low 'Christmas' comes close but for completely different reasons). Mr Childish serves out lashings of Nuggets-esque garage rock and Pete Townsend heroics in a truly festive style! Far from being some kind of novelty album 'Christmas 1979' is a really great listen. It's angry, it's fun and it rocks like Rudolf!
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TOPPER WATERWORKS on 7 Jan. 2008
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1st off. SJH makes Jack White look like Jason Falkner. (Or Donovan) For different reasons. And. Although I was glued to Meg's torso on a recent concert appearance on Jools Holland. Definately Nurse Julie for me.

Lets see what William Hamper has got in his Christmas Box.

Upon seeing the title of this latest Opus. Xmas 1979. I thought Billy's music had swerved abrupty in the direction of. NWOBHM. However. It is. In Fact. Just another Stem Cell. Cloned from "The Messerschmitt Pilots Severed Hand" (BUY THIS AND FORGET EVERYTHING THAT CAME AFTER!!!)

And. See me. Right Div. Yeah. I only just noticed that Billy's Drummer is Silly Simon from the Silly Old Daggermen. They used to be in ACW'S Medway Bands Co-Op(Nafferoonie) and play 'Downstairs' at Churchills (Formerly the Army & Navy)in Chatham.

Simon (AKA Wolf?) certainly has improved tho'. Sounds just like Keith Moon (Chances!!) I bet he got a DrumWorkshop Double Pedal off Billy for Xmas - HELL NO!! and knick knack Paddy Whack (Chuck That In The Bin!!) He probably got. A super cool. Original Sixtees. Champagne Sparkle. 13" x 4". Slingerland Radio King. That used to belong to the Drummer from - GRAHAM PARKER AND THE RUMOUR!!!

The music on this album. Is. All nicely scrubbed up by Jim Riley again. (His Harp playing sounds like Mr Bloe) Riley has managed to all but stop Childish singing his vocals over the CB Radio(Shame). Wont be long and the MBE's will be knocked into shape just like the Major Setback Band doing Feelgood covers upstairs at the Crown in Rochester on Fridee Nites for the REST OF THEIR LIVES!!

WARS ALIVE!! Steven. Youve got within a Gnats - But if you really wanted to scrape the Ring of the bottom of the Medway Barrel. After the twilight of your career. You should have got in Melvin Wallace.

That would have been cool.
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Merry Christmas from the garage 8 Jan. 2008
By Jersey Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.


When most everyone on the planet is putting out the same sort of middle-of-the-road-warm-and-sensitive Christmas music, trust Billy Childish - the consummate contrarian - to out out a disc that is a three-chord shout put to the season of good cheer.

Twelve songs are on this album. Some - like 'Christmas Lights' and and 'Pete Townsends' Christmas' are chestnuts that have new - and mmmm...more seasonal - lyrics. Others are lyric-adjusted versions of songs done by 60s incons such as The Sonics and Link Wray. Finally, there are new pieces. All are typified by Childish's "Crash-Boom-Bang/use the first take" approach to music.

The band is wife Julie and Wolf Howard (and someone named Bloody Jim on harp); together they are Wild Billy Childish and The Musicians of the British Empire. It could be the Buff Medways or Thee Headcoats, too. It doesn't matter when the performances are this good, this pure and this right.

The aural equivalent of a thunderstorm at Christmas. What a way to celebrate!
Not Just For Xmas! 16 Feb. 2008
By Modern Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've loved The Milkshakes and Mr. Childish for years and didn't find out about this cd until after Xmas 2007. I listened to it this week and it was holiday season all over again, as only Billy C. could do it! I have a lot of holiday music, but this is now one of my top 5 holiday cd's (and could be enjoyed all year long). So simple, so much fun, so brilliant!!
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