If there ever was a band eternally associated with Yuletide, it’s SLADE whose “Merry Xmas Everybody” yearly rules the waves, and still one would wonder as to how this ensemble’s former skin-hitter came across the idea of recording his own seasonal album. Yet he did – and he chosen now DON & THE DREAMERS but DON POWELL’S OCCASIONAL FLAMES as a vehicle for such a jubilant enterprise that will be out on October 27th.
The ensemble – featuring, alongside Don, singer-songwriter Les Glover, lyricist Paul Cookson and graphic artist Martin Chatterton – laid down a dozen originals and wrapped them in a cover based on Jamie Reid’s classic SEX PISTOLS artwork to reflect the platter’s title: “Never Mind The Baubles” – the phrase alone worthy of giggles. That’s entertainment!
1. Never Mind The Baubles
2. Ding Dong Merrily
3. My Guiding Light
4. Christmas Time Is Rubbish
5. The Magic In The Fabric
6. Sleigh Drive
7. Gonna Ride A Red Nosed Reindeer
8. We Are The Thread
9. I’ll Be Your Christmas Adam If You’ll Be My Christmas Eve
10. It Isn’t Really Christmas Until Noddy Starts To Sing
11. All These Resolutions I Know I’ll Never Keep
12. You’ll Do For Me