Episode 25: First Ever Half Machine Lip Moves Holiday Special

Half Machine Lip Moves logo with '#25' on it.

The first ever Half Machine Lip Moves Holiday special. We strayed out of our usual fields, which has become usual for us. The episode started with some Christmas-themed industrial; a set of cacophonous carols; learned that Christmas ist krieg with a Christmas-themed black metal set; heard some not-so-merry metal; a set of Christmas punk rock from disgruntled elves; a set of twisted and morbid Christmas music; we heard a set of neofolk and experimental Christmas music; and closed with a festive bit of ear-gouging. I hope everybody listening has a great holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or even Festivus.

Half Machine Lip Moves Episode #25

  1. Throbbing Gristle: Propaganda Intro (Assume Power Focus, 1982, Power Focus/Paragoric) [0:00:00 - 0:01:00]
  2. Prurient: Many Jewels Surround the Crown (Bermuda Drain, 2011, Hydra Head Records) [0:01:00 - 0:03:47]
  3. Martin Atkins & The Chicago Industrial League: The Spirit of Christmas (An Industrial Christmas Carol, 1995, Invisible) [0:08:17 - 0:17:21]
  4. Hybrid Kids: We Three Kings (Claws, 1980, Cherry Red) [0:17:21 - 0:20:55]
  5. Metal Boys: Xmas Day (Tokio Airport, 1980, Celluloid/Seventeen Records/Acute Records) [0:20:55 - 0:24:39]
  6. Happy Flowers: All I Got Was Clothes For Christmas (God’s Favorite Dog Compilation, 1986, Touch & Go) [0:26:17 - 0:31:02]
  7. Sonic Youth: Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope (Just Say Noël Compilation, 1996, Geffen Records) [0:31:02 - 0:34:21]
  8. Melt-Banana: White Christmas (The Christmas Album Compilation, 1996, Sony Records) [0:34:21 - 0:37:36]
  9. Wholy Failure: Christmas Day Exhumation (Christmas Day Exhumation, 2011, Self-Released) [0:37:36 - 0:42:40]
  10. Lou Reed: Metal Machine Xmas Music (Weird Ass Christmas Compilation, 2014, Unofficial Release) [0:42:40 - 0:45:44]
  11. Merzbow: Silent Night (The Christmas Album Compilation, 1996, Sony Records) [0:45:44 - 0:50:20]
  12. Erlosung: Christmas Ist Krieg (Christmas Ist Krieg, 2009, Unknown Label) [0:54:29 - 0:59:40]
  13. Woods of Trees: All I Want For Kriegmas is You (Youtube Video, 2015, Woods of Trees Youtube Channel) [0:59:40 - 1:02:20]
  14. Ennui: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (Jingle Funeral Bells) (Unreleased, 2013, Ennui Official Youtube Channel) [1:02:20 - 1:05:31]
  15. Kristusblood: Kristmasblod (Unreleased, 2010, Kristusblood Youtube Channel) [1:05:31 - 1:08:38]
  16. Venom: Black Xmas (Calm Before the Storm, 1987, Filmtrax/AJK Music/Vap/Neat Metal) [1:12:22 - 1:15:21]
  17. Spinal Tap: Christmas With the Devil (This is Spinal Tap, 1984, Universal Records) [1:15:21 - 1:19:46]
  18. Mystery Science Theatre 3000: Tom Servo and Crow Go Wassailing (Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Season Nine, 1998, “Touch of Satan” Episode) [1:21:27 - 1:22:29]
  19. Impact: Punk Christmas (Punk Christmas 7”, 1983, Cyanide Records) [1:23:08 - 1:25:10]
  20. Sloppy Seconds: Hooray For Santa Claus (The First Seven Inches… and Then Some, 1992, Taang! Records) [1:25:10 - 1:26:54]
  21. Showcase Showdown: Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh (Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh! 7”, 1995, Tario Records) [1:26:54 - 1:28:17]
  22. Angry Snowmans: Ebeneezer Über Alles (Angry Snowmans, 2009, Stiff Hombre Records) [1:28:17 - 1:31:14]
  23. Shonen Knife: Space Christmas (A Shonen Knife Christmas Record For You, 1991, Rockville) [1:37:20 - 1:40:19]
  24. Angry Snowmans: Sugar Plum (Santa Claus is Back in Town/Sugar Plum: Poison Idea/Angry Snowmans Split 7”, 2013, TKO Records) [1:31:14 - 1:34:18]
  25. The Ramones: Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) (Brain Drain, 1989, Sire/Chrysalis) [1:40:19 - 1:42:24]
  26. Porfiados: Navidad Del 77 (Porfiados, 2010, Self-Released) [1:42:24 - 1:46:30]
  27. Goldblade Featuring Poly Styrene: City of Christmas Ghosts (City of Christmas Ghosts, 2008, Damaged Goods) [1:46:30 - 1:49:23]
  28. Theme from Silent Night, Bloody Night (Silent Night, Bloody Night Soundtrack, 1972, Dir: Theodore Gershuny) [1:51:24 - 1:54:29]
  29. The Hot Buttered Elves: Better Be Good (A Very Lo-Fi Christmas, 2001, Tape Hiss Recordings) [1:56:01 - 1:59:34]
  30. Björk Guðmundsdóttir: Jólakötturinn (Hvít Er Borg Bær Compilation, 1987, Hlijóða Klettur/Smekkleysa) [1:59:34 - 2:03:51]
  31. Weird Al Yankovic: The Night Santa Went Crazy (Extra Gory Version) (The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic, 2009, Way Moby/Volcano/Legacy) [2:03:51 - 2:07:49]
  32. The Valley Folk: On Christmas Day it Happened So (All Bells in Paradise, 1968, Topic Records) [2:07:49 - 2:09:27]
  33. The Young Tradition: The Bitter Withy (Galleries, 1968, Transatlantic Records/Vanguard) [2:09:27 - 2:11:50]
  34. Barry Coope, Jim Boyes, Lester Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya, Georgina Boyes: Down in Yon Forest (Fire and Sleet and Candlelight, 2003, No Masters) [2:11:50 - 2:17:20]
  35. Nox Arcana: Coventry Carol (Winter’s Knight, 2005, Monolith Graphics) [2:22:45 - 2:26:07]
  36. Current 93: Happy Birthday Pigface Christus (Since Yesterday: A Peek Into the Pit Video, 1995, Durtro) [2:26:07 - 2:30:04]
  37. Current 93: Idumaea (Featuring Shirley Collins) (Black Ships Ate the Sky, 2006, Durtro/Jnana Records) [2:30:04 - 2:32:43]
  38. Arcana: Repentance (The Last Embrace, 2000, Cold Meat Industry/Mystic Production) [2:32:43 - 2:36:50]
  39. Coil: Christmas is Now Drawing Near (Winter Solstice: North, 1999, Eskaton) [2:36:50 - 2:40:24]
  40. Rosa Mundi: The Snowman (The Final Solstice Compilation, 1999, Piski Disk Records) [2:40:24 - 2:43:45]
  41. ShittyFlute: We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Youtube Video, 2016, ShittyFlute Youtube Channel) [2:46:41 - 2:48:42]

Supplemental Material

Wikipedia on The Yule Cat: Basis for the Björk song “Jólakötturinn”

“Down in Yon Forest” - A Song About Christmas, Easter, and Probably, The Holy Grail - Article on the origins of the song “Down in Yon Forest.”