James White – Christmas With Satan

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For the revised 1982 version of the album, released as Island ILPS 7022, the tracks by Alan Vega and Charlélie Couture were replaced by tracks by The Three Courgettes – a British band featuring singer Barb Jungr, who recorded the song in London – and James White (later known as James Chance). The James White track has been described as a “droll, blasphemous, nearly tuneless piece of skronk”. According to another source:

“The lyrics tell the story of a man with the Christmas blues who commits suicide and then meets up with Satan ‘to join the celebration.’ In the background, Chance incorporates bits and pieces of music from famous Christmas carols. One of the lyrics describes the party with Satan: ‘There’s no angels or wise men, and certainly no virgins.'”

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