I was listening to Electric Arguments, the new album from The Fireman. I got two really big impressions right away, after listening to the album in the car, really loud.
First, I would think John Lennon would be proud to say to Paul McCartney, (imagine after all these years,) “Well mate, you finally got past those Silly Love Songs and back to your rock and roll roots. I’m proud of ye!” Almost as if McCartney was going though the primal scream phase that Lennon went through in the early seventies. The first few rockers on the Fireman album harken back to “Helter Skelter” and possibly even McCartney’s “Rockestra Theme,” recorded by Wings along with an all-star cast of British musicians. That was a year before McCartney recorded his “Wonderful Christmastime” single in 1979.
Secondly, there’s a new Christmas track. Or at least it sounds like a new Christmas song, even though the title is “Dance ‘Til We’re High.” (Track # 8 on the CD.) Not exactly a holiday title, but let’s just go with the music, ok?
The song has bells that give it that Christmas feel, plus a light hearted chorus with cheery lyrics, like…”Light up the sky with your message, Fly with your message, Bells will ring out for our love.”
How many of us are tired of hearing “Wonderful Christmastime” from 1979? If I were a radio station I could just announce it as a new Christmas song and you would believe it. In the yesterdays of the music business, once a radio station made a stance on a record, all the local record stores would get phone calls from fans asking for “that new Christmas record?”
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Pop, Rock & Roll