Author: Christy Murphy

The Top 5 Mo’Wax L.P’s

The Top 5 Mo’Wax L.P’s

Back in 1992 an ambitious young man named James Lavelle made a decision that would go on to change his life. He made a decision that would change how we consume music, the lifestyle that goes with music and most importantly he would create a […]

An Interview With: Florence Blanchard

An Interview With: Florence Blanchard

Here at Kolekto, we’ve got our eyes firmly fixed on the blossoming creative scene in Sheffield. So it seemed only natural to chat with one of the city’s most brightly shining stars, painter and muralist Florence Blanchard. We caught up with the French artist to […]

Christmas Songs…With A Difference

Christmas Songs…With A Difference

Ahh Christmas, a time to put your feet up, roast some chestnuts on an open fire and sing carols with the family, at least that’s what people seem to think happens during this festive season, but does it really? Maybe in old 50’s movies, but here at Kolekto we’re almost certain it doesn’t.

So, to stray away from the usual stereotypes, I’m going to give you a comprehensive guide into a selection of Christmas songs that are shall I say, a little different from the norm. If you’re bored of the usual, have a look below to get ready for your alternative Christmas.

Blink 182 – ‘Happy Holidays, You Bas*ard

Full to the brim with explicit lyrics and references to masturbation, this is an old school Blink song with a reference to what most of us always forget to do – wrap presents in time for Christmas. Who’d have thought you could relate to a song such as this? It’s certainly a change from ‘Jingle Bells’, and your parents wouldn’t appreciate if it popped up during the Christmas playlist, however it’s an absolute cracker! (sorry…)

The Ramones – ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)

One of the more humbling songs on this list, The Ramones manage to fuse their fast punk rock melodies into a song with a warm message which is to let all those arguments slide and to not fight during Christmas. Awww… But seriously, a really catchy song with an awesome music video. This needs to be on your iPod and blasted out at Christmas parties.

Run DMC – ‘Christmas In Hollis

Who doesn’t love Run DMC? If not, I’ll silently judge you. Either way, they made one of their own Christmas-themed songs and better yet, it appears in Die Hard. Run DMC’s take on the festive season is somewhat unique and if you listen to the lyrics properly, you should have a good laugh, for example “When I seen a man chilling with his dog at the park. I approached them very slowly with my heart full of fear
.Looked at his dog, oh my God, a illin’ reindeer.” The video is an absolute must-watch too, especially for the elf at the beginning…

Fountains of Wayne – ‘I Want An Alien For Christmas

Why settle for an ugly pair of Christmas socks or a present you never wanted in the first place when you could have an Alien sat under your tree. Well, you can at least ask and see what happens. It appears Fountains of Wayne want an Alien to share the holidays with and who can blame them? It would be absolutely amazing…

Bad Religion – ‘White Christmas

Released on a compilation of Christmas covers, Bad Religion’s version of ‘White Christmas’ is definitely as far away from the original as it should be. It sounds like The Ramones stepped into the studio as well, especially during the opening guitar riff. Now, Bad Religion aren’t known for their strong belief in the true meaning of Christmas, and it shows in this song as it feels like one big parody. If you want alternative, this is it.

The Arrogant Worms – “Dad Threw Up On Christmas Day

Initially, the overall sound of this song sounds like a feel-good Christmas tune, but when you really listen to the lyrics, you’ll soon realise it’s about something a bit more sinister. Vomit, disease and infection – this song has it all, just the sort of thing you’d associate with Christmas, right? It’s all good fun and is worth listening to whilst reading the lyrics as they’re both funny and a bit disturbing. Perfect.

 

The Vandals – ‘My First Xmas As A Woman

If Christmas songs with a difference has a definition, it should be this song here. The Vandals, best known for their strange yet hilarious lyrics, took on holiday season themselves with a very unique song about someone who seemingly turns into a woman for Christmas.

 

 The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Christmastime

This actually sounds like a traditional Christmas song, what with the jingle bells and piano melodies, it’s not until the ghostly vocals of Billy Corgan kick in that you realise this isn’t just a Christmas song, it’s a Smashing Pumpkins Christmas song, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s different, mellow, slow and calming – perfect for the winding down moments during those festive parties.

 

The Ravers – ‘It’s Gonna Be A Punk Rock Christmas This Year

Whilst many believe this song was done by The Sex Pistols, it was a song by The Ravers, who just want Christmas to be filled with punk rock, and why not? References to Johnny Ramone, The Damned, Mick Jagger, and of course safety pins, this is one of those songs that’s intended to be fun and upbeat, giving you the perfect alternative listening this year.

There you have it – your very own Kolekto Christmas playlist, containing songs that you wouldn’t normally hear around the holiday season, making for an exciting set of tunes that are sure to shock most, so maybe keep some of these to yourself, as opposed to blasting them at the annual family Christmas party. Unless you wanna spice things up a little…

Films You Really Should Have Seen: Leon

Films You Really Should Have Seen: Leon

In the year of the film’s 20th anniversary it wasn’t a difficult decision to put Leon forward for my Films You Should Have Seen. It was the first film I owned on DVD and it was the first film I owned on Blu Ray. It really is a […]

An Interview With: David Hieatt of Hiut Denim

An Interview With: David Hieatt of Hiut Denim

Hiut Denim are currently taking the world by storm, in this product driven society that we live in brands are always searching for the next step, the next idea, the next big tool to give themselves more exposure. Hiut Denim however have a different tactic; […]

Winter Must Haves: Norse Store, Copenhagen

Winter Must Haves: Norse Store, Copenhagen

Norse Store has been providing the residents of Copenhagen with the finest men’s garments since 2004. It is the home of their own label, Norse Projects and has a beautiful little store in the heart of the city. Norse have a passion for functionality, quality, the classic and of course the ultra modern. All of this is present in their winter essentials, and with Norse Projects being one the hottest brands around Europe at the moment, this is what they can provide for the upcoming months.

Norse Projects – Birk Winter Wool peacoat

The peacoat is an essential item to any winter wardrobe and Norse have absolutely nailed it with this camo or navy edition. If you’re worried about warmth, the coat has a quilted nylon inner with a layer of Primaloft wadding inside to keep you snug and cosy.
http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/15780-norse-projects-birk-winter-wool

Montbell – Versalite Jacket

The raincoat is also essential to your winter expeditions, this Montbell jacket is waterproof and breathable, and it features an adjustable hood, hem and cuffs. So if you’re worried about rain later in the day, pop this gem in your bag and you’ll be dry whatever happens.
http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/16459-montbell-versalite-jacket

Diemme – Firenze

What can we say about these? Except handmade in Italy, using Desert Oasis, which is a super soft, heavyweight 2.0-2.2mm suede. Diemme only provide footwear of the absolute highest quality, and these boots are no exception.
http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/16466-diemme-firenze

March Lab – Am1 Automatic – 40mm

How can winter essentials be essential with no accessories, although the word accessory seems rather unfair to this March LA.B beauty. One glance at this and its near impossible not to fall in love, and with the custom ETA 2892-A movement applied to the watch, your instant love is justified. The perpetual engine is considered by specialists to be the most precise and reliable movement on the market.
http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/16376-march-lab-am1-automatic-40mm

Norse Projects – Norse x Hestra Svante Glove

Our final item from Norse Store is the Norse x Hestra collaboration on these beautifully crafted gloves. A ribbed lambswool backhand with a deerskin leather palm oozes quality and warmth. These are absolutely crucial for snow days in the darker weeks.
http://www.norsestore.com/commodity/15832-norse-projects-norse-x-hestra-svante-glove

You can view more products available at Norse Store on their website. www.norsestore.com

Winter Must Haves: Streetmachine, Copenhagen

Winter Must Haves: Streetmachine, Copenhagen

Streetmachine first opened its doors in Paris in 1989, the shop soon became the core of the French skate scene for the following years. After this French success the team opened a new store in the skate haven that is San Diego. Wanting to bring […]

The Changing Face of Performance and it’s Next Act

The Changing Face of Performance and it’s Next Act

Following the Secret Cinema’s successful rebirth of Back to the Future last month in Hackney, I got thinking to myself, what could be done with music and the format of a gig to make it more of an immersive experience? A quick bit of research […]

Films You Really Should Have Seen: Children of Men

Films You Really Should Have Seen: Children of Men

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, Children of Men is a dreary…

Japanese Streetwear’s Influence on Music

Japanese Streetwear’s Influence on Music

Streetwear is the ‘it’ thing. Because lets be honest nowadays you can’t help but notice cool kids dressed in t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies that riff on high fashion labels. Although logo apparel have always been a big part of the streetwear aesthetic, recently they seem […]