Christmas were a band who recorded three albums of quirky neo-psychedelic pop in the late 1980s. Based in Boston, MA, the trio of Liz Cox (aka Miss Lily Banquette, vocals and bongos), Michael Cudahy (aka The Millionaire, guitar and vocals), and bassist Dan Salzmann released their debut album, In Excelsior Dayglo in 1986. The track "Big Plans" became a modest college radio and MTV hit, but the album, owing to Big Time Records' perennial financial woes, could not sustain the band's momentum.

The band relocated to Las Vegas, signed to I.R.S., and released Ultraprophets of Thee Psykick Revolution in 1989. Arguably their finest work, it featured another small-time hit in "Stupid Kids", and the caustic, satirical "Richard Nixon" earned critical attention as well. But the strange, though appealing, record seemed a bit out of step with the top college radio bands that year, and it sunk with little notice.

Christmas recorded Vortex in 1991 but could not immediately find a label for it. In the interim, Cox and Cudahy swapped tongue-in-cheek-psychedelia for tongue-in-cheek lounge music and formed the still quirky, but far more accessible and successful Combustible Edison together with Peter Dixon. When finally released in 1993, the bored-sounding Vortex made barely a ripple.


Christmas - In Excelsior Dayglo album art Christmas In Excelsior Dayglo (Album) Big Time US 1986 Sell This Version
Christmas - Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution album art Christmas Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution (Album) I.R.S. Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Christmas - Vortex album art Christmas Vortex (Album) Matador US 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

S-8 Christmas - (The Ballad Of) The Invisible Girl album art Christmas (The Ballad Of) The Invisible Girl(7") Iridescence Records S-8 US 1984 Sell This Version
6065-1-BDAB Christmas - Let It Rain / Babyman album art The Dream Syndicate / Christmas The Dream Syndicate / Christmas - Let It Rain / Babyman(12", Promo) Big Time 6065-1-BDAB US 1987 Sell This Version
FE-008 Christmas - Split album art Christmas / Dredd Foole Christmas / Dredd Foole - Split(7") Forced Exposure FE-008 US 1988 Sell This Version
Christmas - Stupid Kids album art Christmas Stupid Kids (Single) I.R.S. Records US 1988 Sell This Version