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Music Review: Fleshtones by uncdiversions
November 23, 2008, 8:02 pm
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The Fleshtones

Stocking Stuffer

(Yep Roc)

Gwen Stefani, Fergie… and The Fleshtones? All three felt the need to help struggling spellers. “B-A-N-A-N-A-S,” “G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S,” and now “S-A-N-T-A C-L-A-U-S.” The song, “Hooray for Santa Claus,” a horribly Kid’s-Bop-surf tribute to the man in red opens up the horrible Christmas collection, Stocking Stuffers.

Leaving behind the crooning, peaceful, or pop-inspired vocals of traditional Christmas songs, The Fleshtones replace it with the rock sound of the previous decades.

Take the painfully fluffy blues disaster of “Champagne of Christmas.” “Getting really high, having so much fun,” Peter Zaremba sings.
Seriously? It’s Christmas. At least show a little respect.

The Yep Roc label describes the album as, “the Christmas album for music fans who hate run-of-the mill Christmas music,” but the party rock ’n’ roll sound seems like it would be better well served on the beaches of California, where there is everything but a white Christmas.

Between rock -infused guitar riffs and the groups’ rehashed R&B sound, the album won’t combine well with chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

The album only includes one classic Christmas song, “You’re All I Want for Christmas,” but don’t get your hopes up, it’s wrapped up in the same subpar classic rock as all the rest.

Stocking Stuffer will leave Holiday enthusiasts pining for the beloved Very Special Christmas Albums, but leaves audiences sick of the cliché of the holidays asking for more.

Looks like somebody’s getting coal in their stocking this year.

Check out “Champagne of Christmas” for yourself here.

– By Diversions Staff Writer Rachel Arnett

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