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The Mad Dog Blog: Holiday Rock Classics

GSTV’s in-house Brit rundowns the best in holiday rock hits

 

By the Mad Dog

 

Well, its that time of year again – have you sent your letter to Santa yet ? The festive season seems to start earlier every year but I reckon I experienced a record-breaker this year when I went into a pub in England on October 8th to find they had already put up their Christmas tree !! Jeez, my tan has barely faded from summer……I awarded the bartender “Premature Man of the Year”.

 

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Holiday Playlist: The Kinks “Father Christmas”

The Kinks weave social commentary, a hooky chorus, and a bitchin’ guitar tone into a Christmas rock anthem

 

 

Kinks frontman Ray Davies was never one to shy away from social commentary. However like most of what he wrote, he tended to deliver it with a wry twist. This is especially evident in “Father Christmas“; the Kinks’ 1977 single about a guy who dresses as… Read More

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Holiday Wish List from The Stone Foxes

San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes have had plenty to be thankful for in 2011: Successful touring sprees that included opening slots for The Black Keys, George Thorogood and Los Lonely Boys, as well as appearances at several festivals (Outside Lands, Voodoo Fest, Wakarusa among others); Radio love for their song “Hangman,” off their 2010 release Bears & Bulls; and recording a cover of Slim Harpo’s blues standard “I’m A King Bee,” which was used in the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey national ad… Read More

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