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Countdown To Christmas – Never Mind The Baubles

Posted in 70, christmas, countdown to christmas, Punk, Sex Pistols on December 10, 2008 by planetmondo
(Or ‘Oi To The World’ to borrow a Five Centres phrase)

Given punk’s sloganeering and songbook of No Future, Boredom and Blank Generations there’s possibly more punky seasonal sing-a-longs than you’d expect…

The Damned’s ‘There Ain’t No Sanity Clause’
XTC’s ‘Thanks For Christmas’
Stiff Little Fingers ‘White Christmas’
The Stranglers Christmas EP

And of course the Sex Pistols played their final UK date, before hitting then splitting in the US, at a Huddersfield charity gig on December the 25th 1977

So good to see then that the tradition of Advent, Anarchy and God Save The Queen’s Speech is being kept alive by the good people at Punk Christmas with an online advent calender that pops out one Christmas-chestnut-newly-reworked-as-punky-nugget per day (all for free too) – where you can grab crackers like these…

Bonus points are available if you can spot which punk/new wave classic has been adapted as the template for each tune

Another Rock And Roll Christmas

Stop The Cavalry

Little Drummer Boy

A special Santa salute to Agent Cooper for the tip off about this treat.

And if you know someone who’s any sort of a Ramones (or punk) fan – here’s just the thing to drop in their bovver boots for Christmas..Jenny Lens’s photo-based eBook covering The Ramones first west coast tour of ’76 – loaded with over 100 exclusive hi-res photo’s sent straight to your inbox for just $15!!! (or 8 of your Queen’s pounds)

Get your Gabba Gabbas on it right here


Jenny Lens is the California ‘punk scene’ photographer, with a role call of spiky icons and heavy-hitters in her archives – Blondie, The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and The Clash were all caught on film by Jenny during the seventies punk explosion. Her last book ‘Punk Pioneers’ is a must have if you’re a nutter for punk like me – and at literally pocket money prices for this gallery of goodies, you really can’t pass up the Ramones digi-book.

Did you know? – A major influence on The Ramones non-stop power punk (and haircuts) are the glam-anthems of our very own Christmas stompers Slade!

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Countdown To Christmas – Here Come Sandy Claws

Posted in christmas, countdown to christmas, mondo international on December 8, 2008 by planetmondo


By gumbo it’s getting close to Christmas, and in celebration of the international spirit of this festivo cajun* – O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree), Feliz Navidad (seen it for years, but not a clue what it means) – it’s time to fire up the yule blog with a fistful of creole flavoured critters. So, Kick off your boots, put down that alligator, light your clay pipe, give your cousin a squeeze and your squeeze box a kiss (or is it the other way around?) and shake a festive leg to this fistful of swamp dweller stompers..

Hadley Castille the ‘cajun swamp fiddler’ (his phrase not mine), has a name uncannily close to one of my childhood haunts, and a sight still seen daily on my shuntings to London – Hadleigh Castle

Hadley Castille – Up on a Housetop


Hadley Castille – Blue Christmas

Justin Wilson (who he?) has the loose boozy bumble of a chap that’s been necking the nog like a champ – zshingle bellsh indeed!

Justin Wilson – Jingle Bells

Justin Wilson – Here Comes Santa Claus

It Caimen ‘pon a midnight clear

*Yes I’m aware I’m really pushing my luck with this, but please – take it with a pinch of ‘Carry On Christmas’

Ding Dong Ding Dong

Posted in 70's, countdown to christmas, The Beatles on January 2, 2008 by planetmondo

Hello and Happy New Year bloggers, bloggettes and browsers

Hope you all had a tip top Christmas and New Year tear up, I’m still in holiday/hiberbation mode and loving being a cozy loafer, so bit of a lazy bones post for my first one of 2008 – not a strong start to the year is it?.

George Harrison – Ding Dong Ding Dong

I’ve also bumped a ‘where have all the bargains gone’? posting on The Word website. Which is here if you fancy a peep.

See You Next Tuesday

Posted in christmas, countdown to christmas, easy listening, Marc Bolan on December 24, 2007 by planetmondo


Well boys and girls, bloggers and bloggettes that’s it from me for 2007,I’m all cozied up for Christmas and am blogging off until the New Year.

A big thank you is due to anyone who’s popped by, posted a comment or taken part in any of the ol’ puffery going on here. So have yourselves a swinging Christmas and rocking new year and I’ll leave you with

A Christmas message from Marc Bolan

This little known nugget from Frank and Bing

We Wish You The Merriest.MP3

And this internet treat – A winner if you’ve got little’uns

NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense)have been ‘tracking’ Santa for 50 years, and now live updates are available the web, vi sat nav and Santa cam’s – there’s even a manned hotline you can call for an ETA on Santa’s arrival in your own home town

So over and out and see you in 2008

Funky Friday – Festive Funk and Merry Mixmas

Posted in Bootleg remixes, christmas, countdown to christmas, Funky Friday, Marc Bolan, mini mix on December 21, 2007 by planetmondo


Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo and this week is a 3 course Christmas bellyful of groovy goodies. So bloggers and bloggettes tuck in and fill your boots from the mondo menu below – then why not burn off those fatback calories by raising a glass and shaking a leg to my home made Funky minimix packed with tasty treats and seasonal shakers and stompers.

For starters

Run DMC- Christmas in Hollis

That snappy horn riff in ‘Hollis’ was lifted from ‘Back Door Santa’ by Clarence Carter.(see below)

The main course

Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa.mp3


Billy May Orchestra – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer(Malibu Remix).mp3


Al Hirt – Nutty Jingle Bells.mp3

CCC – Body Sleighin’.MP3

And from the sweet trolley…

Mondo Mixmas mini mix

Track Listing
Marc Bolan – Christmas Message
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Keith Mansfield – Snowman Stomp
Jingle Bells – Booker T and the MG’s
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Here Comes Santa Claus
Oscar Peterson – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Stu Hamm – Sleigh Ride
Up With the People – Jingle Bell Beat
Anita Kerr Singers – Jingle bell rock
Soulfoul singers – Santa Claus is coming to town
Soulful Strings – Sleigh Ride
Edwin Starr – Snowflake Boogie
The Rhodes Kids – Winter Wonderland

Countdown to Christmas Pt 4 – Snowy Beatle Boots and a Brassy Bonus

Posted in Bootleg remixes, christmas, countdown to christmas, GHP, go home productions, mark vidler, The Beatles on December 20, 2007 by planetmondo

As mentioned before I’m a terror for a bootleg remix and was lucky enough to grab these Go Home goodies a couple of years ago.

The Beatles bootlegging with Boston

GHP – Christmas in Boston. MP3

Macca mashes it up with Jennifer Lopez

GHP – Christmas on the Block.mp3

The Carpenters get the last sleigh to Skaville

GHP – Carpenters Christmas.mp3

Countdown to Christmas Pt 3 – Have Yourself a Mexi Little Christmas

Posted in 70's, christmas, countdown to christmas, easy listening, retromania, tijuana brass on December 18, 2007 by planetmondo


In the early 90’s I was afflicted by a buzz for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, brought on by tracks like ‘Spanish Flea’, ‘Tijuana taxi’, ‘A Taste of Honey’ and ‘Bean Bag'(used as the theme from It’s a knockout) – each one a piece of polite but punchy trumpet pop. The snappy arrangements, the swishy album artwork and being cheap as chips at charity shops made these dusty Mexican nuggets perfect for collecting. But it was almost impossible to find the Holy Grail of Herb albums ‘The Christmas Album’*(with H looking bored in his beard and as convincing as as in store Santa) amongst the Stereo Impact, James Last and TV Theme Tune vinyl – how many versions of Onedin Line Theme from Spartacus and Owen MD (whatever that was) can you possibly need?

*The Herb Christmas album was eventually released on CD but didn’t live up to the expectation.

As an interim I decided to make do with the CD of ‘Tijuana Christmas’ by the Torero Band/Sound of Brass being sold at Woolworths. What an absolute winner it turned out to be, with the Toreros coming across as the most swingingest Salvation Army band EVER and starring the hardest working bass man at EMI. Using the textbook formula of cheeky key change after every verse, the uptempo thumpers could be themes for Carry On Christmas Specials, the mellow moments are like seasonal instrumental beds for Generation Game ‘Potters wheel’ sequences and as tight and sprightly as anything by Ronnie hazlehust.

Even now, every Christmas this is the first CD out of the Santa sack and onto the stereo at Cloudbase Mondo – ‘Tijuana Christmas’ is now deleted so why not treat yourself to some of these MexiChristmas classics.

Good King Wenceslas.mp3

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.mp3

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.mp3

O Come All Ye Faithful.mp3

Recommended reading for more Christmas Kitch n’ Campery

checkthecoolwax – sack loads of goodies including the artwork for ‘Christmas with Colonel Sanders’

Jeffco Productions – includes the the complete Tijuana Christmas album for download.