Record Release Of ‘Rodney On The Rock Presents Santa’s Got A GTO Vol. 2’ At La Luz De Jesus, Thursday December 7th 2017
Rodney Bingenheimer is a local legend, as a DJ, he has launched the career of more iconic rock bands and artists than I can name, from Blondie to the Ramones and the Sex Pistols and he was the first one to play David Bowie in the US. He was the host of the Rodney on The Roq show for the longest time, and after his contract was not renewed by KROQ (their loss), he joined SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage this year. Fondly baptized the Mayor of the Sunset Strip, he has a star on Hollywood boulevard and he is loved by the entire music community.
On Thursday night, Rodney on the Roq had a party at Wacko Soap Plant, better known as La Luz de Jesus, the art gallery inside the store, which is always hosting the most daring and underground exhibits of post pop culture, and I almost missed the party. A lot of bands had come to celebrate the Record Release of ‘Rodney on the Rock presents Santa’s Got A GTO Vol. 2’, and I got to see a few of them, with Rodney B. himself hosting the fun evening. Frankie and the Studs, Tearaways, Karen Basset, Peter 118, Color TV, Kat Meoz, The Mansfields, and The Glitter Critters played inside the small gallery, while the Fabulous Fig played magic tricks between the bands
The new record was released via Gearhead, which also put out its yearly print edition of Gearhead® Magazine, known for its coverage of rockers, custom cars, rebels, and artists since 1993. The project ‘Rodney on the Rock presents Santa’s Got A GTO’ started in 1996 when Rodney and two friends decided to feature some of the best rock bands that he had discovered on a Xmas album, and this new volume 2 is no different. It includes ‘Santa’s Got a GTO’ by the Ramones, ‘Christmas Lullabye’ by Cj Ramone, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ by The Dollyrots, ‘Merry Christmas to You’ by Peter 118, ‘Up on the Housetop’ by The Donnas, ‘Broke on Christmas Again’ by The Mansfields, ‘It’s Almost Christmas Time’ by Karen Basssett, ‘Christmas in Hollywood’ by Kat Meoz, ‘This Christmas’ by Color TV, ‘I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Kristeen Young, ‘My Name is Santa and I’m a Punk Rocker’ by Launch Control, ‘Little Drummer Boy by Glitter Critters, ‘I’m on the Naughty List’ by Frankie + The Studs, ‘Helluva Christmas’ by The Tearaways, ‘The Characters Visit Rodney’ by THE CHARACTERS, ‘Wake up Christmas’ by Lisa Mychols, ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ by The Mansfields.
Several of these bands played their punk rock Christmas songs, and I just regret to have missed many of them, but I can assure you that Kat Meoz was rocking her Holiday song very hard, while wearing her reindeer antlers, while the Mansfields (guitarist Doug Mansfield designed the eye-catching original cover art of the album) punked out two songs. The surprise was supergroup Glitter Critters featuring Christa & Rik Collins of the Woolly Bandits, Kevin Preston of Prima Donna and Clem Burke of Blondie on drums. The superband was formed thanks to Rodney’s powerful phone book as he suggested the addition of Clem Burke to the rest of the band. They recorded the famous Christmas song “Little Drummer Boy” (that they also performed) as well that a few original songs.
The event was attended by many musicians and people in the business, and it was the perfect event to get you in the mood for the holidays, without getting too cheesy with these it’s-the-season songs. Shouldn’t you always put the right dose of punk in your Christmas?