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Bummed Out Christmas
Various Artists
Bummed Out Christmas
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

So you say you're sick of people telling you to cheer up at Christmas? In fact, you'd like to wallow in your misery and bring a few of your pals down with you? Well, have we got the holiday album for you, loaded down with ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Bummed Out Christmas
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 7/31/1989
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classical
Styles: Classic Country, Comedy & Spoken Word, Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, By Decade, 1950s, 1960s, Soul, Country Rock, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227091224, 081227091248, 081227091224

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So you say you're sick of people telling you to cheer up at Christmas? In fact, you'd like to wallow in your misery and bring a few of your pals down with you? Well, have we got the holiday album for you, loaded down with a dozen of the most downbeat Christmas songs of all time. From country weepers like George Jones' "Lonely Christmas Call" to rock sneers like the Sonics' "Don't Believe in Christmas," this set has something to turn everyone's smile upside down. But just when life looks its bleakest, you can treat yourself to a chuckle by hearing how things could be even worse, as on the one-two punch of "Santa Got a DWI" and "Santa Came Home Drunk." Raise a cup of Christmas jeer and sing along. --David Sprague

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CD Reviews

A Mixed Bag
Sam Bethune | Lincoln, Nebraska USA | 03/29/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Bummed Out Christmas" is a collection of Christmas songs that are are considerably less cheerful or uplifting than the type of music usually associated with the holiday season. But these songs are not really all "bummers."Some of the songs express the hope of optimism in spite of a minor problem, as in "Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit". Some others tell funny stories of holiday setbacks such as "Santa Came Home Drunk" and "Christmas in Jail". Still others are hauntingly beautiful and poignant, such as "Christmas Eve Can Kill You". And "Don't Believe in Christmas" is a rather catchy song of cynicism and disdain for Christmas. There are two songs on this disc that merit special mention because they are so wretchedly awful. "Santa Got a DWI" is a rather stupid novelty tune about the jolly fat man being arrested for drunk driving in his sleigh. Sherwin Linton's vocal is so irritating that I wish the police would beat him with a rubber hose. "Lonely Christmas Call" is a godawful old George Jones number that is so depressing it will have rednecks and trailer park denizens everywhere crying in their beer.Some of these songs will bum you out. Others will make you laugh. Still others will just annoy you with their stupidity. This is what you get in "Bummed Out Christmas"."
Just as sure as there's an "X" in Christmas...
Donald Hargraves | Munster, Indiana United States | 03/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bought this as a cassette in 1989, after both New Kids On The Block and The Jets released their Christmas albums before Labor Day of 1989 (Yes, that happened!). Helped me through a number of ugly Christmases.

My favorites on this CD are:
Christmas Eve Can Kill You (about being alone)
Santa Came Home Drunk (love the way he fits the liquor names in)
Don't Believe in Christmas (A spoonful of cynicism makes the medicine go down...)
Santa Got a DWI (I like this song, don't know why so many others hate it)
Who Say There Ain't No Santa Claus (dig the punchline)
Christmas Spirit (the Xmas song Bob Dylan should have done but didn't)"
It's in the air, can't you hear it?
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 12/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This compilation album focuses on the unhappy side of Christmas. The songs tackle the subject in a variety of styles and with varying degrees of seriousness. For instance, the first song, "Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit", is a jug band song and it's played for laughs. While the second song, "Christmas Eve Can Kill You", is played seriously and is about the saddest Christmas song I ever heard. Both songs are great, however. In fact, there are a lot of great songs here. The only song I hate is "Santa Came Home Drunk", which is a slurred blues song that is basically an excuse for the singer to slip the names of as many brands of whiskey as possible into the lyrics. Anyway, if you are looking for a different kind of Christmas album, this may be for you."