The Bands that Stole X-Mas Out of Print CD: Christmas songs from local bands 1998

So the kids were demanding Christmas music in the car yesterday, so I put this on and made it about halfway through the second song before a bleeped out F word happened and I had to change it… but it made me wonder if this was on youtube yet. Nope. So here you go- all Sacramento bands doing either their own Christmas composition or a cover of a Christmas classic. I am tagging all of the band members who I am friends with- feel free to tag others.

1              –The Decibels    White Christmas               1:58

2              –Okra Pickles     Get Some Santa Claus     3:22

3              –Magnolia Thunderfinger             Deadbeat X-Mas              3:19

4              –The Brodys       Frosty The Snowman      2:22

5              –Hung (3)            T’was The Night Before Christmas             4:33

6              –Pocket Change (4)         Happy Christmas (War Is Over)  3:09

7              –Universal Groove          I Wanna Be A Reindeer  3:49

8              –Frank Jordan    Long Night          3:38

9              –Hurt (8)              The Grinch Who Stole Christmas               2:53

10           –Willknots           I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus             2:46

11           –Firepie               Christmas Folly  4:10

12           –Kozlo Swicky    Phil The Dentist 3:24

13           –Kaya    Silent Night         3:04

14           –Luckie Strike    My X-Mas           1:58

15           –Trunk  Blue Christmas  2:02

16           –Playground      Merry Christmas               1:51

17           –Solarface           Father Christmas              4:03

18           –Far       Do They Know It’s Christmas Featuring – Chino Moreno, Grady Avenell  4:54



Playground- 6th Annual Davis Muscians Co-Op, Vets Mem Aud, Davis 1996

Here is Playground’s set from the Davis co-op. Jerry Drawhorn filmed this (thanks Jerry) and made short clips of a few songs by each band. This is all of Playground’s set that was filmed. I was not in Sacramento when these guys were active, so I am so thankful that this footage exists! Thanks Jerry and Robert Toren

Recorded by: Jerry Drawhorn


Live Concert Video

Playground- No Angel Demo 1996ish xfer from Master Cassette

Here’s another gem from Brian McKenna’s endless box of stuff. I compared these tracks with the official release on the band’s bandcamp page, and they sound like totally different versions. They are a different mix at minimum. Great band, bummed I never got to see them.

Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon- Audiophile 2496 card- sony soundforge

Audio Demo

Playground- 5 song demo 1993 xfer from Master Demo Cassette Tape Davis California Band

There was some REALLY great stuff happening in the Sacramento area while I was in Los Angeles from 1992-1995. Here is a good example- Playground were a fantastic melodic punk band (think Husker Du type melodic). I can’t recommend these guys enough to you. So good. Sorry I missed them when they were around.
From Barry Mill Prickett’s collection
Tracks: Just Once / If You Were Me / Slide / Drift / Seaside Song
Check comments of the fb posts for lyric sheet scans

Recorded by: Joe Johnson, Pus Cavern
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Demo

Playground- 6 song demo 1992 xfer from Master Demo Cassette Tape Davis California Band

Here’s the other demo that Barry Mills Prickett had of the mighty Playground. Just curious since I was not around while they were active- were they popular? Seems like they should have been one of the most popular bands in town with songs this solid.
Tracks: Something Has to Give / When Everything is Said and Done / Paradise Lost / Brighter Days / Cruz / Just Another Song

Recorded by: Steven Kawelo at Pus Cavern
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Demo