I See Things Differently

by The JAC

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Serious, nice, warm, funny, meant to be funny, not funny at all or just odd.

"I See Things Differently" is a compilation of various (vaguely) Christmas themed songs that have been released annually over the past decade. More than any festive message or specfic statement, these tracks simply chronicle my misadventures in DIY home recording plus the more eccentric and offbeat offerings that would set the blueprint for the JAC album, "Faux Pas".

Many thanks to various friends who have come along for the ride over years. Check out the individual song pages for lyrics and more info about each track.

Whatever you do or don't believe in, all the best to you and yours for the festive season.

Cheers,
Joe
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Aigeri has long taken a less travelled approach to the Christmas carol which is beautifully summed up when compiled together on the full-length I See Things Differently.

The JAC go on a world tour much like Mr Claus and f ind themselves in Stockholm in 1965, have a Psychotic Summer where Christmas is hardly mentioned and celebrate celebrity during a Chris Hillman Christmas. Merry Christmas (Around The World) is not the tune that Hi-5 trot out every year at the Myer Music Bowl, but it is a fine slice of catchy pop in its own right.

There is no doubt that The JAC see things differently as they take Santa for a surf, see him with a firearm and even find time to ponder Cindy Brady for Christmas. There is no doubt it's not your average festive fare. And when Algeri draws on some Jesus & Mary Chain sounds for Going Down, you now that he extends himself over Christmas more than the rest of us.

At the end of the day it is a Christmas compilation and we all know how fucking horrible they can be, but Algeri avoids the tedium with a batch of likeable pop songs to brighten even the most arduous yuletide gathering .
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Singer-multi-instrumentalist Joe Algeri has been recording Christmas songs for over 10 years, and he's collected some of his favorites on I See Things Differently. Now known as The JAC, he has an obvious love of 1960s pop as well as an offbeat sense of humor. The JAC not only takes a different view of Christmas than most people, he offers an alternative perspective on nearly every track.
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Now there’s nothing wrong with traditional Christmas tunes, but let’s be honest, such constant airplay can become rather boring after a fashion. Well, have no fear, as I See Things Differently: Greatest Xmas Hits Vol.1: 2001-2012 (Egomaniac Music) is the perfect alternative to stock-and-trade holiday music.

The majority of songs here were recorded by the JAC, which is actually a vehicle for the universally admired Australian based singer/songwriter Joe Algeri, while the equally revered Britannicas and Green Beetles contribute a tune a piece.

Real-deal pop music, bursting at the britches with herds of heavy hooks and squads of sparkling harmonies, is what the bulk of these instantly infectious songs are scripted of. The lyrics are colorful and clever, which arrives as no shock, since Joe has always proudly cited Ray Davies as a prime influence.

So that stated, snappy sounding songs, bearing further shades of the Who, the Sneetches and Teenage Fan Club, mated with smart and sassy prose makes for a gripping listen.
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icecreamman1967.blogspot.se/2012/12/the-jac-i-see-things-differently-free.html

The JAC kindly bestow a Christmas gift upon us to help us get into the spirit of the season. These 15 tracks of seasonal joy don't follow your usual stylings of Christmas songs (as the title suggests) and may not be suitable for your Granny, who likes to sway away to Cliff's "Mistletoe and Wine" or some other piece of dirge that gets rammed down our throats at this time of year, this is a refreshing take on seasonal songs that won't drive you mad. Light the fire, throw on a yule log, stoke it up with all those old Christmas best of's albums and play The Jac loud!
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Joe Algeri (Jack & the Beanstalk, The Britannicas) is a songwriter/producer from Perth, Western Australia who is also know as The JAC. He’s got an off beat sense of humor and an instinct for great rock and roll. Listen to the highlights “Merry Christmas (round the world)” and the surf-syled “Psychotic Psummer.” Lots of great music here, its even better than his recent Faux Pas album. The bittersweet humor of “Santa All I Want (Is Cindy Brady) ” and “Computer Xmas” are also sure to impress. It also includes tracks from his other bands, The Britannicas and Green Beetles.

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released December 1, 2012

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Joe with a bunch of friends from around the world.

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Egomaniac Music Perth, Australia

Egomaniac Music is the home for Joe Algeri and related musical interests. Joe is a songwriter and producer from Perth, Western Australia now known as the JAC. He is also a member of The Jangle Band, The Outryders (AUST) and the Britannicas (AUST/SWE/USA). ... more

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Track Name: I See Things Differently
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As long as I can hear a song
I forgot the wrong
And you can pray for peace on earth
I reckon things will never change
There'll always be someone to blame
And you can try to change the world

I don't need your greeting card
I don't need to be your superstar
I'll accept you as you are
But don't come down on me
I see things differently

Yes, I have point of view
Just not like you
But that doesn't mean we can't be one
I reckon things will never change
They'll always be the same
Please don't make me change the world

Please put down your political gun
Turn off that stupid computer, let's go have some fun

Say, tell me that you know
That I'll never let you go
I wish you merry Christmas anyway
Say, say you'll never leave
I promise I believe
I wish you merry Christmas, whatever that means
Track Name: Going Down
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Block out the sun because I don't want you
I'm gonna paint it black and then give back to you
I'm going down
And I wanna get fucked up at xmas time
Wanna get fucked up at xmas time

Go mute the bells because I don't want you
Pack up your hate I'm going to post it back to you
I'm going down
And I wanna get fucked up at xmas time
I wanna get fucked up at xmas time
and I'm going down
Track Name: Merry Christmas (around the world)
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We don't have to get up early to go to the airport
We don't need to take a boat, train or drive
And Just because we're staying home
Doesn't mean we're all alone

We can say
Merry Xmas Around The World
Let us take you around the world
Merry Xmas Around The World

We don't need any cash to show we care
And it can still mean a lot even though we're not there
And just because we're not around
Doesn't mean you can't hear the sound

The sound of
Merry Xmas Around The World
C'mon baby won't you shake and twirl
Merry Xmas Around The World

And just because we're not around
Doesn't mean you can't feel the love
When we say
Merry Xmas Around The World
Track Name: Psychotic Psummer (mix18a)
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Baby we're not neurotic cos' that's something else
We passed that miles ago in the wrong direction
I'm going to take you to a dark place
Then we're going to turn the light on and party party

We're going to have, a psychotic summer
Just you and me on a hypnotic bummer
And we'll go on killing spree of kindness
A fun filled nightmare in the sun

Let's go cut some flowers we'll really cut 'em down
We'll get our fill of emptiness, while we're upside down

We're going to have, a psychotic summer
Just you and me, a psychotic summer
And we'll go on killing spree of kindness
A fun filled nightmare in the sun

Oh my God, we forgot about Christmas...
Track Name: Cold Turkey For Christmas
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I don't want, I don't want
Cold turkey for Christmas

I'm just so spent
I don't know what to do
You came and you went
And left me lying orange, black, purple and blue

Nobody's singing carols tonight
It's still too bright when I turn off the light
Nobody's there when I pick up the phone
You left me at the table all alone
Till the very next day
I don't want, I don't want
Cold turkey for Christmas

There's no new part
There's no clever bend
You came and you went
And left me stranded, beginning, middle and end

Nobody's singing carols tonight
It's still too bright when I turn off the light
Nobody's there when I pick up the phone
You left me at the table all alone
Till the very next day
I don't want, I don't want
Cold turkey for Christmas
Track Name: Stockholm Christmas
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Good-bye the best summer of my life
We were meant to be, by accident or design
The trip hope almost took a week
I still can't find my sleep please write to me real soon

1965 is gonna be a great year
I'm saving all my Crowns
To make it for a Stockholm Christmas
I'll coming back faster than the Bluebird
Yes all my friends have heard
That I'll be gone for Stockholm Christmas

Yes you and Scandinavia is the plan
It's better than Vietnam I won't even miss my Holden
I'm gonna give your Hepstars record back
Cos' I've worn out the tracks that remind me of you

1965 is gonna be a great year
I'm saving all my Crowns
To make it for a Stockholm Christmas
I'll be coming back faster than the Bluebird
Yes all my friends have heard
That I'll be gone for Stockholm Christmas

So I've missed the Beatles while I was away
But they'll be here to stay
I'd rather be with you
I'll promise I'll be back
Track Name: Sweet Baby Jesus
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It's the most beautiful night
I'm trying to find my way in the dark
This distance between us seems to grow every year

I'm looking for your star
I'm looking for your star
I don't need your gold
Frankincense & myrrh
I just need to see you
I just want to be with you
This Christmas time

It's the most beautiful night
In a land far, far away
Let us give thanks to God
A beautiful child is born today

I'm looking for your star
I'm looking for your star

I don't need your gold
Frankincense & myrrh
I just need to see you
I just want to be with you
This Xmas time

No mistletoe, holly or fir
I just need to see you
I just want to be with you
This Christmas time

Sleep, sleep baby, sleep
Sleep my sweet Jesus
Track Name: Santa All I Want (Is Cindy Brady)
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I'd come running home from school just for you
In my mind we would play in my room
Things you do when you're 9
Santa all I Want is Cindy Brady

Re-runs have become DVDs
And I see things differently
There's new games to play in my room
Santa all I want is Cindy Brady

What were doing with Bobby in Tiger's House
Was the kiss in the script
In eposide 45 of season 2

Hmm, you must be older now
Santa something's wrong I'm losing my mind
The voices in my head want Cindy Brady

It's strange now I'm 32
I'm thinking that Ginger's too old now
Man I could have done her so bad
Santa help me find Cindy Brady

Hmm, you must be older now
Santa something's wrong I'm losing my mind
The voices in my head want Cindy Brady

You can play the bass in my band
If you let me be your leading man

Merry Xmas Sherwood Schwartz
Track Name: Yuletide Heroine Blues
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I’ve been awake for 3 days
Yes I’m back to my old ways
I can’t help myself when you’re not around

I am criminal
And you’re a solider
Are we staring at the same stars tonight

You have no fear
I'm the Lion Man
Far too numb to kill the light
Are we staring at the same stars tonight

Are you dreaming to be clean
Do feel the same for me
In a land so far away
Will you have to kill a soul today
Do you have the will on Christmas day

You’ve got a war on the ground
There’s a war in my head
It’s Xmas time and we both could be dead.
Will you return
And will I survive
Will all the stars just fall from the sky

You have no fear
I’m the lion man
Far too numb to kill the light
Are we staring at the same stars tonight

You’ve got a war on the ground
There’s a war in my head
It’s Xmas time and we both could be dead.
Will you return
And will I survive
Will all the stars just fall from the sky

I’ve been awake for 3 days
In a dream I would say
You’re my hero baby – Merry Christmas
Are we staring at the same stars tonight
Track Name: Surfin' Santa
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Mr Bell has a long white beard
It's been growing for 33 years
Since the day that he arrived
At Yallingup with Bonza Bob

He got a job milking cows
He found his love on the swell
Then he said I ain't ever moving on

Mrs Gray was the teacher's name
She called him up one December day
Mr Bell can you bring your boots
At 3pm for the end of school

The children noticed right away
Some had seen him down the bay
They knew he had a surfboard not a sleigh

There he goes, here comes surfin' santa
Everybody knows, we call him surfin' santa

And now the children want him every year
On boxing day they go watch him down the bay
Track Name: If Santa Makes It Down
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I can’t believe we’re so far away
And it’s just me and you
It doesn’t feel quite like December
It’s all strange and new

And I wonder if Santa Makes It down

I can’t believe the autumn browns
In the heavy sun
Invites to barbecues
When the cricket’s down

And I wonder if Santa Makes It down
To Australia - isn’t it far way
To Australia - won’t he melt on the way

I can’t believe we’re down on the beach
Pouring on sunscreen
Making frosty out of the sand
I want to go home

And I wonder if Santa Makes It down
To Australia - isn’t it far way
To Australia
Track Name: I Saw Santa With A Gun
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It was a long time ago
And it almost seems funny when I remember it now
But I was just a kid and that day killed Christmas for me
The day I saw Santa with a gun

Mummy I want a drink and some chocolate
Can we go into 711
I promise to be good for the rest of the day
Oh yippie I see Santa coming in
Oh mum can I go and talk to him

Santa starts to scream that he wants
Some cigarettes and all of the money
Then I see that Santa's got a gun
This is scaring me to death
Santa shouldn't be like that

I saw Santa wIth a gun
I'm never ask him for anything ever again
I saw Santa with a gun
I hope he never comes around to our house

T'was the night before Christmas
Now I'm scared again
Oh mummy can I sleep with you and dad
I don't want him to come again
I hope that Christmas never comes again

I saw Santa wIth a gun
I'm never ask him for anything ever again
I saw Santa with a gun
I never want to see him again
Track Name: Computer Xmas
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It's Christmas time and I'm here all alone
With my computer and my Cool Edit Pro
I'm hope that Santa brings me a bass guitar
I hope that Santa makes me a star

Merry Christmas yeah yeah
Merry Christmas yeah yeah

How do we turn off the drum machine
Track Name: THE BRITANNICAS - Chris Hillman Christmas
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I don't need to see your name in brighter lights
I just wanna hear your songs in people's hearts
I'd rather listen to Jesus than to Wilco
I'd rather go back to Jail if I see the Eagles reform again

You could teach a cat or two about rock n' roll
You can smoke the bluegrass anytime
I wish I could see you this christmas
I'd love to spend some time with you and yours
Wishing you a very merry christmas
I hope the new year always brings to you your just rewards

The bass in my rig's in overdrive
I don't need those little pills to help me fly
You're the one that always guides me home
And if we ever get to meet I won't have a single question about Gram

I wish I could see you this christmas
I'd love to spend some time with you and yours
Are we thinking about the same question
Who are these city boys playing vegetarian country?
Track Name: GREEN BEETLES - The Basement
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I can feel it in the air the scent of December
And I'll be coming home keener than ever before
And nothing changes here and that's how I like it to be
Just to blow away the dust on teenage memories

Then I look across the road
To where your bedroom used to be
Are you also coming home
Coming home to me

Come on over we'll go down to the basement
And we'll play the same old records that we used to play
I still don't care if you have a boyfriend
And all those other things I still don't want to know

I see your bedroom light on
And I'm too scared to come on over
Then I see your shilohette and I don't know how to feel
Should I blow away the dust on teenage memories

Then I look across again
And see you walking over
Now I can't help smiling because
You're coming over to me

Come on down, you remember the basement
And we'll play the same old records that we used to play
I still don't care if you have a boyfriend
And all those other things I still don't want to know