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the Deadlies Do Christmas: A Very Deadlies Christmas

by the Deadlies

Christmas Has Never Rocked Like This Before!!!
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sleigh Ride To Napa
The Deadlies
3:07 $0.99
2. What Child Is This?
The Deadlies
2:34 $0.99
3. Joy To the World
The Deadlies
1:50 $0.99
4. Jingle Bells
The Deadlies
3:04 $0.99
5. Feliz Navidad
The Deadlies
2:31 $0.99
6. Silver Bells
The Deadlies
2:31 $0.99
7. The Christmas Song
The Deadlies
2:07 $0.99
8. Deck the Halls
The Deadlies
1:29 $0.99
9. Silent Night/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Deadlies
2:53 $0.99
10. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
The Deadlies
4:09 $0.99
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
The Deadlies
2:11 $0.99
12. White Christmas
The Deadlies
1:33 $0.99
13. We Four Kings
The Deadlies
3:04 $0.99
14. Auld Lang Syne
The Deadlies
2:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
A Track by Track Review from Phil Dirt at Reverb Central:
Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Deadlies - The Deadlies Do Christmas - 4 stars
All righty now! These songs, done by bazillions, take on a fresh sound via real rock and roll sound and grit. Even the pretty songs have loudness and edge. It may not be traditional surf, but it's completely cool. Very honest and fun.
Picks: Sleigh Ride, What Child Is This, Joy To The World, Feliz Navidad, Silver Bells, Deck the Halls, Silent Night - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, We Four Kings, Auld Lang Syne

Track by Track Review:
Sleigh Ride -3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
The Deadlies play "Sleigh Ride" as if they were a more drum-centric version of Los Straitjackets, but with a more Ventures-like tone. A couple of gritty glissandos give this a surfable edge. There's nothing easy does it under the tree about this rendering.

What Child Is This - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Without the lyrics, "What Child Is This" is "Greensleeves." This is a gritty, deliberate performance that's surprisingly endearing. It has a loud sound without too much aggression.

Joy To The World - 4 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Excellent drums and a real-band sound drive "Joy To The World" right over the top. The simplicity and honesty of the sound is very refreshing. Gritty and cool.

Jingle Bells - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
"Jingle Bells" is modestly arranged with simple rock attitude. Its crisp sound and genuine feel are very nice.

Feliz Navidad - 4 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
A bit of "Feliz Navidad" brings on a basic rock arrangement that's right out of your garage... no, not next to the Honda, nor crude, but pure honest sound and direct playing, It may not rock your world exactly, but it sure is good to hear someone play this well and still use a real rock sound.

Silver Bells - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Easy moving, beautiful in an electric sort of way, "Silver Bells" is rather refreshingly arranged. The bass is so smooth!

The Christmas Song - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
With a kind of jazzy arrangement, the guitar plays "The Christmas Song" solo with stereo reverb for spread.

Deck the Halls - 4 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Muted chop chords, big drums, and thundering bass pummel the underside of "Deck the Halls" while the guitar plays really clean lines. This is a very original arrangement. Big grins from me!

Silent Night - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - 4 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
"Silent Night" rings from the guitar above dramatic cymbals for a very fine sound. It yields to a much bolder "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with very cool drums. Christmas with grit.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
"Jolly Old St. Nicholas" is more surfy than most here, with lovely notes and easy drums and bass. It's a slow piece with a bit of jazz-country twang. Very nice.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Muted chop chords and surf drums are pumped by pulsing bass lines. The rock guitar tone is genuine, bringing a fresh face in a simple and very effective arrangement. Quite cool.

White Christmas - 3 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Long flowing chords in stereo reverb ambiance carry this gentle version of "White Christmas" off in solo form. Tastefully done.

We Four Kings -4 stars
Surf (Instrumental)
The Blue Hawaiians' arrangement is the basis for this. Though derived from it, its tone is gritty and more rock, making it sound fresh and cool.

Auld Lang Syne - 4 stars
Rock (Instrumental)
Christmas ends with New Years... "Auld Lang Syne" is a power pop romp with big grins. I like this arrangement a lot. Grit, power, distortion, and soaring notes.

.... and Now Reviewed in Vintage Guitar:
The Deadlies : A Very Deadly Christmas (Self Distributed)
A host of instrumental surf bands have taken a stab at Christmas fare, but this California-based trio turns in one of the best since 1965's popular Ventures' Christmas Album. Where the former turned favorites like "Sleigh Ride" and "Jingle Bell Rock" into "Walk Don't Run" and "Memphis," respectively, lead guitarist James Patrick Regan and his cohorts rock out just as much while remaining faithful to the carols (although who can blame them for weaving "LaBamba" into "Feliz Navidad"?). - DF

“the Deadlies" are at the forefront of a new "cutting edge" wave of Surf Music. They remain true to the roots of surf music, by paying homage to Dick Dale, the Ventures, the Belairs and the Chantays, while adding striking new elements and crafting their own brand of “High Powered Surf Music." The Deadlies are fast becoming the most exciting and electrifying new band in the realm of Surf Music. Finally Surf Music is being played by people who surf."

We have a TV show, we are the house "Cave Band" on "Creepy KOFY Movietime" with Balrok and No Name which is now finishing our fourth season. and appear frequently on Retro Night on the ABC affiliate KOFY TV-20 cable channel 13.

We are the "house band" at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA.

We have performed for the W hotel chain, the various County Fairs, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sacramento International Airport (as guests of the TSA), the Uptown Theater in Napa (an unprecedented three times their first season) and other larger venues in California and Nevada.

Our music has been featured on Live 105, 107.7FM the Bone (San Francisco), 99.3FM KVYN (Napa) and 810AM KGO (San Francisco). Bob our bass player is a DJ at KVYN/KVON -Napa.

We have a myspace page:

And we have a video at:

Thanks, James

See us on the KOFY TV-20 Creepy KOFY Movietime, every Saturday at Midnight!!!

and now on Twitter:

Come see us at Six Flags !!!

The Deadlies have endorsement deals with the following companies:

Ampeg amps, Bogner Amplification, DR Z Amps, Swart Amps, George L's Cables, Keeley Cases, Keeley Electronics, Trailer Trash Pedal Boards, Furman Electronics, Voodoo Labs, Jim Dunlop Strings, Nunley Custom Pickups and Guitars, Peet’s Coffee and Tea



to write a review

Mark Nelson

An Instant Classic
I have heard the Deadlies before, so I knew this was going to be good. Good enough to buy a couple copies after listening to the excerpts here on CD Baby.

About 30 seconds into the first song, my wife said, "I wish you'd bought more than two copies... I can think of a whole bunch of people I want to give this to."

While listening to Feliz Navidad we both turned to the speakers and just started laughing. it was an honest outburst of pure delight. Annie remarked how cool it was that they kept it up for the whole CD.

Or, like the DJs used to say: "All killer, no filler."

The Deadlies did it-- they created a classic Christmas album. It is every bit as good as that Ventures one. And that is saying a lot.

Listen for the cool references to Dick Dale, and the Ventures, and the Champs, and Ritchie Valens and the Pyramids... plus quite a few I am sure I missed. The ballads, some played on solo guitar, have a great feel, terrific harmonies... and tone to die for.

And ya know what? We are going to buy a bunch more CDs and pass them around this Christmas... This is one of those records that you really want to turn your friends on to.

Five out of five stars. Seriously, it is that good.

If you don't buy a copy, you are most certainly a hoedad flatlander who wears black socks with Bermuda shorts.

Or a tourist.

B.J. West

Freakin' AWESOME!
I've been a fan of The Deadlies for a long time -- mostly from Creepy KOFY Movie Time -- so I had to have this album. Let the holidays rock!