Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the day has arrived. Christmas Eve has arrived, and we are all getting ready to stuff our faces with some unnecessary food items, which we could have eaten throughout the year, but we wait until the end of December to tuck in. We wait, and we also give presents on the 25th of December to those we love and cherish. To me, it's always the same. Socks, bath stuff, and some bits that might go straight in the bin. It's getting a bit boring now, but what isn't getting boring, is our yearly tradition. We always go back to one mix that can only be played in December, and it is largely forgotten about. And the mix is made by the friendly people behind the Soundcloud channel 'History Of Happy Hardcore'. Yes, it's THAT mix I'm talking about!
It has had a few plays over the years since it was released back in 2017, but it should get more plays. And it's kind of a tradition for TCD to go back to this mix around the holiday season, and even though I had multiple other mixes ready for a review, I could not give one shiny shite about it, and went back to this one. Why, you might be wondering, and I can't give you an answer to that question, unfortunately. Is it good? Well, in a way, yes. But is it bad? Also yes.
Hardcore has been around for a few decades, and it has had its ups and downs. But overall, it has been a great ride for those that have followed the scene since day one. But, like everything successful, things are tried and tested, and unfortunately they don't work. Like combining Hardcore and Christmas. It might have looked great on a piece of paper, but when it came to fruition, it wasn't a success. And it sounds weird, cheesy, and too christmassy, if that's even a thing. But it's like my guilty pleasure, my thing to listen to, if I am in need of getting my spirit uplifted!
It can be funny though. But only listen to it a few times, or you go mad. You will loose the plot, and you might think you are Father Christmas. Don't want that to happen though.
It is cheesy, but some of these records can be considered classics, if the Christmas element was taken out of the equation.
Rotterdam Termination Source - Merry X-Mess
The S.T. Crew - Ravin' Angels
The S.T. Crew - Christmas With S.T.
Scott Brown - Start The Cavalry
The Frosties - Frosty The Snowman
Carlos Mirilla - Escarola
Rob X-Mas - Happy Christmas
Santasaurus Rex - Up On A House Top
Claustrophobia - X-Mas Rave
Holy Shit - Now It's Christmas
Davie Forbes - Bingle Jells
Brothers In Crime - Sleigh Rave
Winter Wonderland - Fuck Christmas Songs
Sunblock-X - Carribean X-Mas
Claus S - Family X-Mass
X-Mass Raver - Hallelujah
Sensor - Rudolf The Rednose Ravedeer
Santa For President - Santa Is Coming
El Bruto - Silverbells
Paul Elstak - Hosanna
Brothers In Crime - 100% Christmas
Scrooge - X-Mass Alone
Scarface - Santawaus
The Triplets - Marry X-Mazz
D & F - No Sleep T'ill X-Mass
Bang Crosby - I'm Dreaming
Noise Gate - The Magic Sack
I've got to say that those that made these songs, they were very inventive. Some of the names used are just hilarious. Claustrophobia? Hilarious. Rudolf The Rednose Ravedeer? Amazing. Bingle Jells? An all time classic title.
The songs themselves are as cheesy as you imagine them to be, if you've not heard these songs before. I have, and a billion times at least. They make me happy, and they remind of a time when they experimented with Hardcore and Christmas, which was around 1993 to 1995, if I'm not mistaken. I was around 10 years old, and probably thought this was the coolest thing that has ever been made. Little did I know that I was completely mistaken, and I've changed perspective over the years.
But it's still a very jolly mix, and not something you heard that often. It's bad and good at the same time, and as mentioned before, if you took out the Christmas elements, the songs might have actually been all time classics.
One of the songs that I still love, is 'The Magic Sack' by Noise Gate. All time classics for me.
What's your favourite song in this mix? Leave a comment below, or comment on Soundcloud.
Give this mix more praise, and enjoy Christmas this year. Enjoy the next few days, and let HOHH's mix take you through Christmas into the next year!
Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!
DJ: History Of Happy Hardcore
Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore
Mix Info: It's Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas
Length Mix: 01:36:05
Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)
Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE
File Size: 235,6 MB
File Type: mp3
Release Year: 2017
Sample Rate: 44,1 kHz
More Information: The History Of Happy Hardcore - Soundcloud Channel