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Editors’ Notes

This is exactly what is says it is: Christmas Songs performed by the punk group Bad Religion. Anyone expecting some sort of subversion of the holiday classics will be disappointed. However, for those who enjoy Greg Graffin's clean and concise vocals, note-perfect harmonies, and the band's usual crunchy guitar tone—and who also like these familiar and tuneful seasonal songs—this is a rockin’ Xmas offering. The band doesn’t shirk from the songs' religious connotations, nor does it stop from adding a hard rock guitar solo to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Only “American Jesus” (here in its mix by Andy Wallace, whose name is synonymous with mixing Slayer and Nirvana) breaks with tradition. Elsewhere, “Little Drummer Boy” works with the rhythmic possibilities. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” ramps up the velocity. “What Child Is This?” further breaks past the speed limit, running neck and neck with the equally speedy “Angels We Have Heard on High.” What becomes most evident by album’s end is just how strong these songs are, and how their melodies are truly timeless and gorgeous no matter how they’re presented.

Customer Reviews

Six to Midnight!

They could sing the phonebook and I’d buy it.


My favorite aspect of this entire record is that there is not an ounce of cynicism in Greg's delivery. These songs flow so naturally for BR because, well, their entire song catalog references these types of hymns, especially with their sophisticated vocal harmonies. I wish they included "I Saw The Light" from their Christmas show back in the day. I know it's not X-mas but I think it would have been better than closing the record with a twist, "American Jesus." We don't need a reminder of who Bad Religion really is. 20 years of listening to you guys and I never expected this album to be made. Thank you.

Oh yes! #1 Stocking Stuffer for all you Yuletide-Loving, Spikey-Heaired, State-Smashers out there! W

Oh yes! #1 Stocking Stuffer for all you Yuletide-Loving, Spikey-Heaired, State-Smashers out there! Worth every penny.... Great selection of Christmas favorites with spot-on, up-tempo, trad-punk musical arrangements and additional, non-traditional lyrical supplements—all of which extol and distill the holiday spirit in a unique and distinct Bad Religion way!


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all of the Southern Californian hardcore punk bands of the early '80s, Bad Religion stayed around the longest. For over a decade, they retained their underground credibility without turning out a series of indistinguishable records that all sound the same. Instead, the band refined their attack, adding inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, and hard rock along the way, as well as a considerable dose of melody. Between their 1982 debut and their first major-label record, 1993's Recipe for...
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