Christmas

Profile:
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.
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Albums

10013-1 In Excelsior Dayglo — Christmas Christmas In Excelsior Dayglo (Album) Big Time 10013-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
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none Yin / Yang — Christmas Christmas Yin / Yang(Cass, Album) Not On Label none US 1987 Sell This Version
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IRSD-42273 Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution — Christmas Christmas Ultraprophets Of Thee Psykick Revolution (Album) I.R.S. Records IRSD-42273 US 1989 Sell This Version
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OLE 036-1 Vortex — Christmas Christmas Vortex (Album) Matador OLE 036-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

S-8 (The Ballad Of) The Invisible Girl — Christmas Christmas (The Ballad Of) The Invisible Girl(7") Iridescence Records S-8 US 1984 Sell This Version
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6065-1-BDAB Let It Rain / Babyman — Christmas The Dream Syndicate / Christmas The Dream Syndicate / Christmas - Let It Rain / Babyman(12", Promo) Big Time 6065-1-BDAB US 1987 Sell This Version
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FE-008 Max Ernst / That's When I Reach For My Revolver — Christmas Christmas / Dredd Foole Christmas / Dredd Foole - Max Ernst / That's When I Reach For My Revolver(7") Forced Exposure FE-008 US 1988 Sell This Version
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IRS-23918 Stupid Kids — Christmas Christmas Stupid Kids (Single) I.R.S. Records IRS-23918 US 1988 Sell This Version
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01 Womb-Man — Christmas Ellie Marshall With Christmas Ellie Marshall With Christmas - Womb-Man(7") Jenny Records 01 US 1989 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Four Song Demo — Christmas Christmas Four Song Demo(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label none US 1985 Sell This Version