Friday, November 25, 2011

Fear "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" 7" Review

Fear "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Another Christmas Beer" 7"

I was 16. It was 1982. Fear's "The Record" was one of those records that changed my life. Fear, headed up by Lee Ving of Philadelphia, changed lives. The Saturday Night Live performance is legendary. "The Record" is a legendary, must own record. Also released in 1982 was the 7" "F*ck Christmas". We loved playing that on the radio back in the early 80s (we still do like playing it every Christmas). The b-side was the "clean" version with the f-bombs already beeped out for you. Wow. Blew my 16 year old mind! How to top that legendary 7"? Go the other way. Seriously. Lee Ving has recorded "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" with a straight face, slight guitar accompaniment and harmonica. You can play this unedited on the radio. Perfect. The b-side is "Another Christmas Beer", from the album "American Beer". That is your fix of Lee's nasty take on the holiday! There were only 700 pressed and released on Record Store Day 11/25/11. Those of you who didn't score the 7", head on over to iTunes and purchase a digital download. Fear is supposed to tour in 2012 and release a re-recorded version of "The Record". All I want for Christmas is for the Fear tour to play Allentown PA!

Frank FOE

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