The Mr. T Experience - Making Things With Light Inspired by Dr. Frank's post (see below) about a song on this album and all the lovely comments the post/song/album got on Facebook, it got me thinking about how I don't think I've given this album enough love. So I ran the numbers (as I do), and wow, this is my least listened to MTX album (besides Road to Ruin, but since that's a cover album, it doesn't entirely count). I know something has to come in last place, but it's still embarrassing to admit and pretty pathetic how little I've listened to it compared to the other MTX records (though it's still in my top 30 albums overall, 'cause even my "least favorite" MTX album is way better than what most other bands can ever dream of coming up with). Well, thank you everyone who commented and made me realize I need to give this one some more appreciation. I've had this on vinyl for about six months, yet I've never took it for a spin on my turntable until today... and hey, it's not half bad! Actually, it kind of rocks! Dr. Frank's (@frankportman) original post: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/922197516478910464 Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Mr-T-Experience-Making-Things-With-Light/release/1630306 Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kUw2E00tYUuqt7JOuTeHfQ0LROgPSMk-A

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The Yobs - The Yobs Christmas Album - Safari Records - Rude 1 - 1980 Merry Christmas, my friends. The Yobs were the novelty Christmas alter-ego of the London punk rock band the Boys. I have lots and lots to say about the Boys, who arose from the ashes of the glam/proto-punk Hollywood Brats and the London SS (which was Mick Jones's pre-Clash band.) They were one of the original wave of London punk bands that followed in the immediate wake of the Sex Pistols' first shows and their first two albums are among the finest collections of pop songs ever recorded. These guys knew what they were doing when it came to constructing songs and recording them. I'm sure I'll do a write-up of one or both of them here at some point. The Boys staked out the territory for pretty much every punk pop band that followed, the good, the bad, and the horrible. Those albums are among my favorite records and they hold up very well today. This Christmas album is more or less a piss-take on the whole concept of the Christmas album (and is the first punk rock Christmas album, if I'm not mistaken.) More casual and less inhibited than the main recordings, this record covers a surprisingly wide range of styles, from football chant sing-alongs, to vulgar versions of Christmas standards and originals in the same mold, to ersatz reggae and synth pop. (The latter was meant to lampoon Gary Numan, with whom one of the Boys apparently had some kind of feud.) "The Ballad of the Warrington" is simply a fine song in its own right and wouldn't be out of place in any context, though it still makes me feel all Christmassy. It's a novelty record to be sure, but I love novelty records. (And a Christmas album that isn't a novelty record-- that is, one that is relentlessly earnest and reverent-- would be too horrifying to imagine, at that.) Plus, it's just a sound I like. Anyway, it's great fun, and not such an easy record to come by these days. Many of the songs are NSFW, meaning not safe for work if you have a job, because if your boss hears you listening to it he might flip out and then there's no telling what he'll do to you. (Probably fire you and then take the fight to twitter to try to make you unemployable, and thus a public charge, forever; when your mother finally denounces you and tweets something like "you're no son of mine", and on Christmas no less, well, that's gonna hurt the most. Or so you'd think. But when the family dog turns his back on you and walks away contemptuously, you'll know you've hit rock bottom. And the bottle will be your only friend. Merry Christmas.) (They also did a "Yobs on 45" 7" which mixed some of these songs to a disco beat... now there's a parody with no resonance nowadays as few would get the Stars on 45 reference, but I remember thinking it was tremendously funny and clever the first time I heard it. It must have been pretty great to be a band at the beginning of everything, where everything you did was the first time out and was thus notable just for the sake of that.) Anyway, all hail the Boys, the Yobs, and the Spirit of Christmas. notes: -- The Yobs Christmas Album on youtube: https://youtu.be/JlBEQGquobE -- discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Yobs-The-Yobs-Christmas-Album/release/1575236

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The Yobs - The Yobs Christmas Album - Safari Records - Rude 1 - 1980 Merry Christmas, my friends. The Yobs were the novelty Christmas alter-ego of the London punk rock band the Boys. I have lots and lots to say about the Boys, who arose from the ashes of the glam/proto-punk Hollywood Brats and the London SS (which was Mick Jones's pre-Clash band.) They were one of the original wave of London punk bands that followed in the immediate wake of the Sex Pistols' first shows and their first two albums are among the finest collections of pop songs ever recorded. These guys knew what they were doing when it came to constructing songs and recording them. I'm sure I'll do a write-up of one or both of them here at some point. The Boys staked out the territory for pretty much every punk pop band that followed, the good, the bad, and the horrible. Those albums are among my favorite records and they hold up very well today. This Christmas album is more or less a piss-take on the whole concept of the Christmas album (and is the first punk rock Christmas album, if I'm not mistaken.) More casual and less inhibited than the main recordings, this record covers a surprisingly wide range of styles, from football chant sing-alongs, to vulgar versions of Christmas standards and originals in the same mold, to ersatz reggae and synth pop. (The latter was meant to lampoon Gary Numan, with whom one of the Boys apparently had some kind of feud.) "The Ballad of the Warrington" is simply a fine song in its own right and wouldn't be out of place in any context, though it still makes me feel all Christmassy. It's a novelty record to be sure, but I love novelty records. (And a Christmas album that isn't a novelty record-- that is, one that is relentlessly earnest and reverent-- would be too horrifying to imagine, at that.) Plus, it's just a sound I like. Anyway, it's great fun, and not such an easy record to come by these days. Many of the songs are NSFW, meaning not safe for work if you have a job, because if your boss hears you listening to it he might flip out and then there's no telling what he'll do to you. (Probably fire you and then take the fight to twitter to try to make you unemployable, and thus a public charge, forever; when your mother finally denounces you and tweets something like "you're no son of mine", and on Christmas no less, well, that's gonna hurt the most. Or so you'd think. But when the family dog turns his back on you and walks away contemptuously, you'll know you've hit rock bottom. And the bottle will be your only friend. Merry Christmas.) (They also did a "Yobs on 45" 7" which mixed some of these songs to a disco beat... now there's a parody with no resonance nowadays as few would get the Stars on 45 reference, but I remember thinking it was tremendously funny and clever the first time I heard it. It must have been pretty great to be a band at the beginning of everything, where everything you did was the first time out and was thus notable just for the sake of that.) Anyway, all hail the Boys, the Yobs, and the Spirit of Christmas. notes: -- The Yobs Christmas Album on youtube: https://youtu.be/JlBEQGquobE -- discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Yobs-The-Yobs-Christmas-Album/release/1575236

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