Cheap Trick will release Christmas Christmas, the band’s first holiday set on October 20th, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. In addition to three-new original tunes, the album features the band’s take on the standard, “Silent Night,” along with such yuletide classics as the Kinks’ “Father Christmas,” Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run,” the Eagles’ “Please Come Home For Christmas,” Harry Nilsson’s “Remember (Christmas)” and the Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight), among others. Christmas Christmas comes only four months after the release of Cheap Trick’s last album, We’re All Alright!
Back in July, during an interview with OrangeAmps.com, bassist Tom Petersson spoke about the upcoming holiday set without going into too much detail, explaining, “We’ve got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like, which have done Christmas songs we think’s (sic) really cool, you know, Roy Wood (and Wizard). The only confusing thing about recording this record is that every song had the word Christmas in it, so we could never keep it straight during recording, trying to figure out which song was which: ‘Okay, guys, so let’s do the Christm. . .”
Cheap Trick guitarist and main songwriter, Rick Nielsen told us that in the simplest terms, Cheap Trick was built to write, record, and perform: “When there’s a project, there a reason to do stuff. Y’know, we don’t really do many things for other groups — y’know, they don’t call us and say — ‘you want this or that?’ I mean, I’ve done — or we’ve done some stuff for, y’know, TV shows, and movie soundtracks, and commercials, and we’re not huge stars. Makin’ records is, like, one of the ambitions we always had. I don’t think that desire has ever gone away.”
“Our Father Of Life” *** new track
“Christmas Christmas” *** new track
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