Skinheads Home For Christmas

by Hard Left

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"Skinheads Home For Christmas" is a Christmas single in the classic pop tradition, from hard-mod/punk band Hard Left. Brought together by the music, held together by the outrage -- Hard Left are a band borne out of a desire to explore leftist political ideas and marry them to rabble-rousing music worthy of the worldwide struggle against capital. Far from a dry exercise in doctrinaire thought, Hard Left's songs are great punk first and foremost, and ripping good fun.

The band members have been involved with punk and DIY music for nearly a century combined, including time in bands like Boyracer, Juke, Whorl, Ciao Bella, Lunchbox, Black Tambourine, Kids On A Crime Spree and operating the respected labels 555 and Slumberland Records. Initial Hard Left recording sessions in Spring 2014 led to the release of two limited edition lathe cut singles, the Situationist-inspired "What's That Sound?" and the tough-as-nails "Safety."

Now they follow-up with the first fruits from their August 2014 album sessions. Carefully packaged to recall the classic look of 70s UK pop singles, "Skinheads Home For Christmas" is a thumping tune with it's tongue in cheek, but only just. Slotting into a long tradition of holiday-themed pop singles, Hard Left bring that feeling of hopefulness to to the grittier end of the musical spectrum. And of course it's a top tune, worthy of it's street-punk lineage.

On the flip side the band tear into the John Paul Young/Bay City Roller's classic "Yesterday's Hero" with characteristic flair, amping up the tale of faded glory into an anthem of resistance. Crammed with guitars that soar and rage, terrace chants and raw-throated vocals, the song builds to a huge climax. A worthy (and rather unlikely!) addition to the punk canon.

Scattered across the east and west coasts of the US and the Arizona desert, Hard Left came together to bring you great punk, with a message of passion, resistance and hope. Call it "utopian Oi" if you will, or "hard mod," but keep your ears open for more music soon from this compelling band.

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released December 8, 2014

Mike: exhortations
Donna: bass, vocals
Tim: guitar, vocals
Stewart: drums, vocals

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Hard Left Oakland, California

Hard Left is a political punk band inspired by liberatory leftist movements of the past and present. Our music is a soundtrack for direct action, an invitation to critical thought and a challenge to complacency. We privilege the "we" over the "I" and argue for the centrality of class struggle in our collective battle against neoliberalism, authoritarianism and imperialism. ... more

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Track Name: Skinheads Home For Christmas
He’s got his jumpsuit on
He’s out there on the lawn
He’s coming down your chimney

They’ve got that mistletoe
And there’s that bird you know
There’s roast beef, and there’s gravy

What’s a hard left boy or girl to do?
How do you know when you’ve had enough of being screwed?


Just when things are really thin
Just when things are feeling grim
They’ll bring the skinheads home for Xmas

What’s a hard left boy or girl to do?
Radio Hard Left, signal’s coming through


Just when things are really thin
Just when things are feeling grim
They’ll bring the skinheads home for Xmas
Track Name: Yesterday's Hero
When I walk down the street,
See the people who stop and stare and say
Haven't I seen that face somewhere a long time ago

When I walk down the street,
See the stranger who says, "Why, Hi,"
With a, "How you going, Buddy,"
When you walked on by I thought I'd say hello

They say:
Haven't I seen your face before
Weren't you the boy that used to live next door,
Weren't you on television ev'ry night
Haven't I seen you round

Take a look at me, I'm YESTERDAY'S HERO,
YESTERDAY'S HERO, that's all I be.

Take a look at me, I'm YESTERDAY'S HERO,
And YESTERDAY'S HERO, is all that I'm gonna be
If I don't get together,
Make a new start and be somebody better,
All that I'll be if I don't get together now.

When you walk down the street, now,
If you know me, then pass me by,
If you wonder what I'm doing don't ask me why,
I don't read the news

When you walk down the street,
If you're sorry then don't feel bad,
If you followed my story, then just be glad,
You ain't in my shoes

Because,
Haven't you seen my face before,
Yes, I was the boy who used to live next door,
Yes, I was on television ev'ry night,
Haven't you seen me round.

Take a look at me, I'm YESTERDAY'S HERO, YESTERDAY'S HERO ...