BAH & THE HUMBUGS: BIGGER THAN SANTA
Featuring Humbugs songs performed by the following bands:
Never heard of X25? That's not surprising they were a short-lived spinoff of the much better known Brit-pop band HelionWillz, who had worldwide hits with songs like "The Comptroller of Simpleton" and "Jeer God."
The boys from Swinburne, England first became aware of America's Premier Satirical Christmas Rock Band when their (non-Christmas) song "Snowman" was mistakenly programmed in a Christmas concert in lieu of the Humbugs' "Snowmen." A pending lawsuit was dropped after the Brits heard some Humbugs tunes and found kindred spirits.
It was shortly after this that lead singer Angel Partridge made the fateful decision to stop touring for good due to "the disheartening and soul-crushingly high cost of petrol," and the band decided to relax and have some fun in the studio in their alternate X25 persona.
Their resulting Christmas album Parked Star with the title track and its B-side, "Pop Christmas" receiving warm reviews included X25 originals such as "Wait Till Your Sleigh Goes Down," "GreenAndRedMan," "Always Christmas but Never Winter," and "Thanks for Nothing, Jesus."
After this acclaimed album, the side band turned to the "25" portion of their name and released a very strange album in 2005, Five and Twenty Blackbirds which comprised songs and song cycles relating to the number "25." Covers ranged from Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4" to Zager & Evans' "In the Year 2525" to the Dukes of Stratosphear hit, "25 O'Clock." Much of the remainder of the album was taken up with a suite of songs from 90125 with numbers standing in for parts of the titles, including "Owner of a .45" and "86 It" as well as the haunting "Chan9e5."
Five and Twenty Blackbirds did not, unfortunately, receive the same enthusiastic welcome as X25's Christmas album, and after a couple more HelionWillz albums retreading the same tortured themes and melodies they'd been spinning ever since they stopped touring, the band broke up and returned to their earlier jobs as bricklayers in and around Swinburne.