Philly punk favorites Dead Milkmen have been unearthing some Christmas gems from the archives this holiday season. The biting (and sadly still relevant) “All I Want for Christmas is a Job,” which features singer-guitarist Joe Jack Talcum doing a playfully stripped-down performance with the late Dave Blood on bass, surfaced as an mp3 last week. You can download it below; it’s got a nice Daniel Johnston-ish swing to it.
There’s also the rare and outstanding “Christmas Party,” originally released on the Milkmen’s cassette-only album Someone Shot Sunshine in 1984. It’s also a Joe Jack tune (clearly he’s something of a holiday geek) and it features an incredible lyric about baking mistletoe pie.
Not Christmas-related but awesome all the same is this footage that local videographer Pilgrim’s Progress shared this week of the Dead Milkmen playing a set in West Philly’s Clark Park circa 1993.
Dig in and have some Milkmen with your Christmas!