iPod Shuffle2 - My First Xmas
The Vandals - "My First Xmas, as a woman" - Play this track here.
A little shot I spotted on my morning commute, led me to dig out this Oi old classic.
How often do you decide your own Christmas. Always constrained by going here, doing that, being this not that. Why not be yourself this year?
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Oi to the World! is a Christmas album by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals. It was released in 1996 by their label Kung Fu Records, who also re-released it in 2000 with altered artwork and a bonus track.
It was the band's sixth full-length studio album and presented holiday-themed songs written and performed with the tongue-in-cheek humor for which the band is known.
Because Kung Fu Records itself had been formed in 1996 and was at this point still a small label, the original pressing of the album was somewhat limited and it remained relatively obscure for several years (the band's major studio albums at this time were being released by Nitro Records). The Vandals maintained a close friendship with fellow Orange County band No Doubt, who covered the album's title track "Oi to the World" for a Christmas compilation in 1997.
Their version, which was produced by Vandals guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, received mainstream exposure and popularity and spawned a music video. Partly thanks to the exposure brought by association with No Doubt (with whom the Vandals also toured), fan interest in Oi to the World! increased and in 2000 Kung Fu Records, which by now had grown in size, re-released the album with new artwork and a bonus overture, as well as a new intro for the title track.
The Vandals are Dave Quackenbush on vox, Warren Fitzgerald on guitar, backing vocals, Joe Escalante on bass guitar, backing vocals and Josh Freese on drums.
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