"Never mind your Ho Ho Ho"
- Above: Hey Santa UK release, 1987, front & back cover. Click to enlarge.
Cat. No: Fall 12 044
Recorded: September 24th - October 7th 1987
Released: End of November 1987
A-Side: Hey! Santa (Kevin Wilson) 2.40
Captain Scarlet (Barry Green)
Run-out groove: JA MPO FALL LP 12-044 A1
JA MPO FALL LP 044 A1
AA-Side: Thunderbird (Trad) Arranged: Harper 2.30
Street Legal (Harper)
Run-out groove: MPO FALL LP 12-044 B1
MPO FALL LP 044 B1
Vocals: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Darrel Barth/Alan Lee/Knox
Drums: Steve Roberts
This release featured four tracks lifted straight off the Japan Today LP, with the title track being a version of the Australian comedian Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson's Hey Santa Claus. Alongside this was a version of the theme tune to the 1960s TV programme Captain Scarlet (Credited as Barry Green but actually written by Barry Gray), with an arrangement of the traditional song Thunderbird on the flip side - with the only original Harper composition, Street Legal. It was also the first release on Fall-Out since the band had left the label in 1985.
A double A-side on black vinyl only, released just in time for Christmas, it was the NME's single of the week and got the following write up:
"The Christmas record to end all Christmas records, this little cracker is the sort of truly disgusting meat headed Punk Rock record that sadly doesn't get made anymore.....Charlie Harper's merry men aren't the sort of people you'd want to share your mulled cider with but every truly first rate Punk band deserves at least one moment of glory and this moment belongs to the U.K.Subs. Lord knows they've earned it"
The artwork on the reverse of the sleeve is printed the opposite way up to the front.
Some copies are missing the 12 prefix on the cat number in the run-out grooves (see above).
A big thank you to Jeff Hultgren for the additional info.
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- Above: Japan Today / Hey Santa Fall Out press release.
Above: Press ad, unknown origin. Image courtesy of Paul Mileman.
- Above: Promo poster.
Image taken from Ebay auction, 2016
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