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Punk Rock Xmas

It’s been said that Christmas and Punk Rock go together like sunshine and darkness. There is something downright appealing about opposites attracting… and about the musical spirit of rebellion embracing timeless traditions, even if it is to parody, satirize, and spit in their eyes.

Check out this playlist of alternative artists covering heartfelt holiday classics. You will probably smile, you might laugh and… perhaps even get a tear in your eye… or some spit…

DJ Craigs Punk Xmas Playlist

When you think about it, slam dancing, moshing and crowd surfing are A LOT like holiday gift shopping. They both involve bodies slamming together, abandonment of personal boundaries and throwing safety to the wind.


Blue Christmas (Ho-Ho Let’s Go!)- Ethan Luck
Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)- Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls
Run Run Rudolph – The Dollyrots
Away in a Manger- Hyperbubble
Jingle Bells- X
Silver Bells- The Yobs
Little Drummer Boy- The Tumbleweed Pimps
I Won’t Be Home For Xmas- Blink 182
Feliz Navidad- Billy Ruffian with Mike Chavez Dawson
All I Want for Christmas Is You- The Dollyrots
O Come All Ye Faithful- Weezer
Its A Holiday- Love Crushed Velvet

Loveable local heroes, The Dollyrots, make two appearances with the raucous, “Run, Run Rudolph”, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Billy Ruffian channels Johnny Rotten on “Feliz Navidad” and the legendary X sounds so surprisingly homey with their rendition of “Jingle Bells” that you might want to sing along. Blink 182 laments the stress and hustle of “the happiest time of the year”, Weezer turns “O Come All Ye Faithful” into a Ska infused Punk sendup and The Yobs put lots of attitude on “Silver Bells”– the only holiday song I can think of that has the “C” word in it. What can I say- these ain’t your mothers Christmas carols.

A Free Musical Holiday Gift!

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Pop star Jennifer Paige’s Holiday EP is available at Noisetrade, get it while it’s still FREE!:

Paige can sing with the best of them without resorting to the type of ear-bending vocal contortions that are all too common these days among many Pop divas. She lets her smooth style draw the listener in and her choice of material is appropriate for all ages. On this holiday recording, Jennifer mixes traditional Christmas favorites with originals and offers it up as a free gift to you!

The music is FREE and 50% of all tips go to Blood:Water to help end Aids and the water crisis in Africa.

Jennifer’s take on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” features a soulful and uplifting facelift, mixing bluesy guitar, a reggae beat and soaring background vocals.

“Deck The Halls” has an invigoratingly updated rearrangement while keeping the spirit of the original song, ukelele and xylophone notwithstanding.

“Happy, Happy Holidays To You” is an original song of the season that will have you smiling and tapping your toes.

More Free Holiday Music:

Chuck Berry’s classic, “Run Run Rudoloph”, is given the Punk treatment by The Dollyrots– LA’s favorite female fronted band.

Christmas Goes Electro!

“Go Tell It On The Mountain” -Shuree

Traditional Gospel song is revamped with a funky house beat and catchy synths to create Electro-Holiday fun.

Jars Of Clay Holiday

Jars of Clay, along with friends Angel Snow, Kyle Andrews, Shannon LaBrie, and Danny Leggett perform “Christmas for Cowboys”, “O Holy Night”, “Next To You”, “My Snow Angel”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”


What Child Is This (Greensleeves) -Tony Elman

A spirited acoustic guitar, piano and flute make this the perfect instrumental for enjoying eggnog with loved ones around the fireplace.

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Caleb Carlson has a warm vocal style very similar to Michael Buble. Check out his takes on these three Christmas classics:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Holy Night

The First Noel


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Jetty Rae has drawn comparisons to Corinne Bailey Rae for her sweet and sensuous singing. Bonus- the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” contains a hidden track! When the song is over, let it continue to play and you’ll hear Rae sing a heartfelt rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.

Little Drummer Boy

Holy Night

Christmas Kiss

More Than December

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (+ Secret Bonus Track)

Download and enjoy. Happy Holidays!