Christmas Was Better in the '80s (Nul Records; 2010)
Chances are you've heard this by now, but it doesn't hurt to have something current mixed in with the musty old chestnuts, and I haven't been able to get the Futureheads' bracing blast of post-punk pop and oratorio vocals out of my head since I first heard it, so I might as well curse all of you with it as well.
Thanks to Jean Shepherd, I'm more inclined to think that Christmas was better in the '40s, but then I lived through the '80s and am in no mad rush to relive it. But we'll let these sons of Sunderland have their nostalgic yearning for the era of Reagan and Thatcher, He-Man and Pee Wee.
for the series: 12 Discs of Christmas