Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Flagpole Christmas Album

Here is the download: The Flagpole Christmas Album

Here is the Track Listing:
1. Vic Chesnutt - White Christmas
2. Seven Simons - Nativity
3. Cordy Lon - Greensleeves
4. Flytrap - Christmas Time Is Here
5. 28 Days - Blue Christmas
6. The Dashboard Saviors - Run, Run, Rudolph
7. Smile Rabbit - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
8. Nerve Clinic - Chemical Christmas
9. The Woggles - Santa Claus
10. The Vigilantes of Love - Bethlehem
11. Greenhouse - Every Bell
12. The LaBrea Stompers - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
13. Youth of Dead America - Christmas Wrapping
14. Roosevelt - There Ain't No Santa Claus
15. Five-Eight - Just Think About Christmas (And Sing What You Want)
16. Hillbilly Frankenstein with The Jackie Gleason Orchestra - White Christmas

What a lineup for this first Flagpole Christmas compilation! All the classic Athens bands of 1990 are represented (especially on Side Two) - Vic Chesnutt, Roosevelt, Five-Eight, Hillbilly Frankenstein, The Woggles, The Vigilantes of Love, The LaBrea Stompers. Every band on here except Five-Eight, Vic Chesnutt and The Woggles are long gone, but these three are still playing regularly and even released new albums this year. Local Christmas compilations can be patchy in quality, but this one is pretty solid all the way through, and all the songs seem to have been taken seriously by the artists to make a solid listen all the way through. My personal favorite on this tape is probably the LaBrea Stompers cover of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", as it is perfect material for Jim Stacy's voice and personal disposition. I know it still feels too early to get in the spirit of the season, but I have too many of these compilations to get through!

Here is the complete artwork (click on the image to enlarge):


  1. This is extremely cool, thank you!

  2. Oh man, I haven't heard that Five Eight track, in well, 16 years. I remember when my friend found the cassette. Any other rare tracks from Five Eight would be incredible. Thanks again! J