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Santa & Satan, One & The Same

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At some point, the compilers of Santa & Satan: One and the Same? either decided it was a great title for the collection of contemporary punk holiday tunes they were gathering, or they decided to find 12 songs that fit their hilarious concept. Either way, Santa & Satan doesn't come close to delivering what it promises. There's nothing witty or shocking -- just ten lame "ironic" punked-up covers of Christmas classics and two lame originals ("Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'," "Santa's on the Nod"), all performed by non-entities like Bitch Funky Sex Machine, Tiny Lights, Swamp Zombies, Cisco Poison, the Grabbers, Welt, the Tiki Tones, Manic Hispanic and Crash Kills Four!. For fans of metallic punk -- the kind that was popularized in the mid-'90s -- it might be an entertaining curiosity, but for most listeners (including many modern-day punk fans), Santa & Satan will inevitably be a novelty that wears out its welcome before it's finished playing.

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