'Disco Clone' herself Cristina. So yeah, I had to scope this one out, not to mention share this find with all my readers out there, as this is the season of 'giving' ya know?
Released in 1981 (and sadly out-of-print), A Christmas Record, is one of those off-shoot holiday collections that strives to not to follow in the traditional fa-la-la of the season. As ZE Records is known for housing the "mutant disco" and "No Wave" music genres, this set succeeds at showing the spectrum of those genres. Mostly the album is known for housing The Waitresses' classic "Christmas Wrapping" (which the Spice Girls would later cover), but there are some other gems buried here. I've always loved the tropical-soul-funk sound of Kid Creole & The Coconuts (not to mention adore their sarcastic humor) thus August Darnell's "Christmas On Riverside Drive" isn't a let down as it's a reckless abandon 'sleigh ride' that is mega fun.
August Darnell - Christmas On Riverside Drive
Nona Hendryx with Material give us some icy prog-disco that feels meant for cruising down a lighted street way. If you're already familiar with Hendryx (LaBelle, hello!) then you know what kind of energy and unique flavor she brings and she brings a lot to this dense dance cut that is one of the earliest collaborative efforts between them. If you want to get technical this track sort of pre-dates what Madonna would surface up with "Holiday"...just something to consider...
Material (ft. Nona Hendryx) - It's A Holiday
Cristina (who one day will get the 'wipe off the dust' treatment) is the one who brings sort of the pessimistic 'glass-is-half-empty' approach to the holiday on "Things Fall Apart" which from the title you can guess what it's about. With her usual "You're standing on my neck" bored tone on she sounds wonderful against a backdrop of some real meaty electric guitars.
Cristina - Things Fall Apart
A very cool yule this is indeed.