Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas
2017, Big Machine Records
- Merry Christmas Darlings
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Ever Day
- I Wish It Was Christmas Today
- Merry Xmas Everybody
- Please Come Home for Christmas
- Remember Christmas
- Run Rudolph Run
- Father Christmas
- Silent Night
- Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
- Our Father of Life
- Christmas Christmas
Christmas Christmas is Cheap Trick’s third album in two years and it just feels right that this classic rock/power pop band would get around to doing a Christmas album at some point. And, boy, is it a fun one.
While the album is mostly full of cover songs, the band took the time to write a few original Christmas tunes: “Merry Christmas Darlings”, “Our Father of Life”, and “Christmas Christmas”. The opening track, “Merry Christmas Darlings”, is classic Cheap Trick and will receive a spot in massive Christmas playlist for many years to come.
Cheap Trick has always been an odd band, and they recorded an oddity for this holiday album — “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” from a popular Saturday Night Live skit (featuring SNL cast members Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan) that debuted back in December 2000. Kind of cool though. I immediately recognized the song upon hearing it.
Most of the album is a collection of rock and power pop holiday tunes: Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run”, The Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”, Slade’s “Merry XMas Everybody”, The Kinks’ “Father Christmas”, etc.
The only traditional track the band plays is “Silent Night”, but honestly, it’s one of my least favorite songs on the album. Robin Zander does not do a good job on this one.
Overall, this is a enjoyable listen for those that want a short break from traditional Christmas jingles & ballads and like something with a little more oomph to it.
Highlights: “Merry Christmas Darlings”, “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”, “Please Come Home for Christmas”, “Remember Christmas”