Xmas Won't Be Xmas

November 7, 2006 5:22 AM

It's getting to be time to put together the Christmas mix tapes! This was recorded by a band I was in in 1991. Our new guitar player, Michael Cox, brought us the song so he sings lead. I'm one of the girl background singers (heard best toward the end) and might be playing a tiny bit of guitar (I don't remember for sure), and I know I played some jingle bells near the end of the track (What Christmas song doesn't have bells?). It's a goofy singalong sort of holiday tune. I like it a lot. I wish I had a better quality copy, though. We recorded this song along with another batch of demos, in time to get airplay on KNDD's local music Christmas show that year... then promptly broke up before even completing all the tracks as a band, though I went in to the studio later to finish. C'est la vie.

posted by litlnemo (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

...then promptly broke up before even...

That is so like a band. Goddam bands.
posted by cortex at 8:05 AM on November 7, 2006

A major factor in the band's breakup was that my ex-boyfriend was the bassist, and he started going out with the drummer... drama ensued and nobody much wanted to play music with each other anymore.

It was a really fun band to be in, until that point. Even when I did a rap song for Halloween. ;)
posted by litlnemo at 2:19 PM on November 7, 2006

That is so like a band.

Indeed. Can't live with a band, and certainly can't live without it.

Though the song does sound like you had good fun, litlnemo. And dating the bassist is not the worst thing you can do in the world. The worst thing in the world would be to date the drummer.
posted by micayetoca at 9:49 AM on November 8, 2006 [1 favorite]

Oh, damn, I read quickly through your comment and I didn't realize someone had gone out with the drummer until I posted the reply. It's not gonna come across as a good joke, I guess, but the point stands...at least it wasn't you who dated a drummer.
posted by micayetoca at 9:54 AM on November 8, 2006 [1 favorite]

What do you call a bassist whose van was stolen?


What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians?

A Drummer.
posted by ba at 11:38 AM on November 8, 2006 [1 favorite]

"And dating the bassist is not the worst thing you can do in the world. The worst thing in the world would be to date the drummer."

Ha. My mom gave me that very advice when I was quite young. Unfortunately I did date at least one drummer in my life, and while we were in a band together, too. (That's my advice -- never date anyone in your band. Just don't do it.)

The drummer in this particular band, though, was the wrong gender for me. But a great drummer and lots of fun.
posted by litlnemo at 2:16 PM on November 8, 2006

Hey, that sounds like more useful advice than I got from me ma.

Now, ba how can you tell a drummer is knocking at your door?

He/she doesn't know when to come in.
posted by micayetoca at 3:29 PM on November 8, 2006 [1 favorite]

Ha! I love drummer jokes.
posted by litlnemo at 3:46 PM on November 8, 2006

Ha, good jokes! Yea, that stuff happens in band life. As least you guys made some good music.
posted by snsranch at 4:34 PM on November 8, 2006

How can you tell if your stage is level?

Drummer drools from both sides of his mouth.
posted by cortex at 4:45 PM on November 8, 2006 [1 favorite]

Last one, I promise:

How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?

Only one; he holds it and the world revolves around him.
posted by micayetoca at 5:55 AM on November 9, 2006 [1 favorite]

Alternate answers: Five. One to change it, and the other four to stand around and talk about how much better Neil Peart would have done it!


None -- they have machines to do that now.

What's the difference between a drummer and a drum machine?

You only have to punch the information into the drum machine once.

Did you hear about the bass player who locked his keys in the car?

He had to break a window to get the drummer out!

How can you get a drummer off your porch?

...Pay for the pizza!

(Doubly funny to me as I used to deliver pizza.)
posted by litlnemo at 3:39 PM on November 9, 2006

being a drummer (i hate you guys) i'd like to point out that everyone stopped dancing whenever i sat one out for a smoke/beer. although, to be fair, the bassist usually joined me :)
posted by waxboy at 5:45 PM on November 10, 2006

We kid because we love.

Now the question is, what did the crowd do when you started to solo? ;)

(Incidentally, my uncle Don Fulton was the drummer in this band -- see also here.)
posted by litlnemo at 7:24 PM on November 10, 2006

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