The Irish magazine Hot Press released two Christmas singles in 1978 and 1979, and is re-releasing them digitally (iTunes, Spotify) this year. It features Christmas rock songs that are inspired by The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen. Best track is the title track. From the press release:
The title track, ‘Born To Roast’, is a poignant tale of love lost that opens with the emotional lines: "Down in the frozen streets of Dublin/ Moves a lonely runaway/ Looking for her one and only/ On a chill St Stephen’s Day..." Former editor Niall Stokes says: "It is a short story song that deals with the great existential questions that every creature under the sun has to confront at some stage of their existence, even the perennial losers who dress up as Santa Claus around Christmas. I remember when Carl Geraghty played the heartbreaking sax solo that brings the track to an end, everyone in the studio was wiping the tears from their eyes. It was one of those bitter sweet moments that you remember for the rest of your life. Or at least until you have a good, stiff drink."