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I've become really fascinated, what with it being the holiday season and all, with the Christmas-themed album released on Crepuscule in December 1981 called 'Ghosts of Christmas Past (Chantons Noel)'. The LP came with a sheet of 6 Christmas cards and this was the original tracklisting:

Aztec Camera - Hot Club Of Christ
The Names - Tokyo Twilight
Paul Haig - Christiania
Swinging Buildings - Praying For A Cheaper Christmas
Soft Verdict - For Christmas Only
White Birds - Possessed By The Stars
The Durutti Column - One Christmas For Your Thoughts
Cabaret Voltaire - Invocation
Tuxedomoon - Weihnachts Rap
Simon Topping - Peep Show International
Thick Pigeon - Silhouettes
Michael Nyman - Cream Or Christians
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hydrocodone said @ 09/18/2004 12:02 AM EST

Crepuscule actually released one more christmas album with basically a mixture of the same tracks on the first two, plus a rumoured cd (never saw it) collecting the best of the three albums... I agree with Dan about the Cabaret Voltaire track being absolutely fascinating: spooky as they used to be, but quite "mystical" as well... Well, coming back to my parents' old house this Christmas will make a sense: I'm going to dug out the old dusty Crepuscule Christmas albums and listen them all day long... ;-))

Fabio said @ 12/17/2003 07:14 PM EST

that record was a favorite of mine, primarily for containing what is perhaps Cabaret Voltaire's most beautiful piece of music. Not a band known for being "pretty." There's two versions of the xmas record with different covers, can't remember how the tracklisting differed. One is cartoony and the other looks more like a typical Crepuscule release. I think one is called Ghosts of Christmas Past Redux or something, but I'm too lazy to consult a Crepuscue discography. I also love the Tuxedomoon rap, "Oh tannenbaum, oh tannenbaum!" and reckon if that song wasn't about christmas, it, like the Waitresses Christmas Wrapping, would be some kind of staple. Ok, not really.

wait a minute, just dug out my copy. The above is what we had at Oberlin's radio station. My copy is Ghosts of Christmas Past (Remake) and it's way more different then I realized:

Hillcrest Club - breakfast at christmas
Antena - noelle a hawai
the french impressionists - santa baby
the pale fountains - benoit's christmas
winston tong - the twelve days of christmas
mikado - message de noel

the other side is the following as above, The Aztec Camera, the Names, Paul Haig, Duruttie Column, Tuxedomoon, Cabaret Voltaire and finally

Mania D - stille nacht goes disco

Looks like they took off the post-minimalist pop classical of the Soft Verdict and Michael Nyman. Weird.

dan selzer said @ 12/16/2003 01:39 AM EST

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