December 17, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas Videos: Day 6

Who knew the Li'l Drummer Boy was a power popper? The Yobs knew it in '79. The Yobs are the christmasy alter ego of punkers The Boys. As far as I can tell The Yobs did mostly, or maybe even only, Christmas music. After bootlegging their own holiday material for a couple years he boys holed up in Pete Townsend's Eel Pie studios for two days in 1980 and cranked out The Yobs Christmas Album. Thier first Christmas single was Silent Night in 1978, and then this track, Rub-A-Dum-Dum, in 1979. It takes a little while to get rolling, but turns out pretty pretty good in the end as The Yobs play it pretty straight. With crunchy power pop guitars buzzing in and out, there is of course a pounding drumbeat as the drummer boy drives the whole song steadily forward. The video is a bit bizarre, making it all the more interesting.

The Yobs - Rub-A-Dum-Dum