A Very Commodore 64 Christmas

by Bedford Level Experiment

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Our Christmas EP, with "A Commodore 64 Christmas", and the sequel "Jolly Old St. Nick (1984 C64 Upgrade Version)", about wanting a computer for Christmas 1982, and then 1983... and then a disk drive in 1984. Also featuring our cover of The Doubleclicks classic "Christmas Ain't About Me".

Watch the videos:
Commodore 64 Christmas: youtu.be/J-Vjf8no2nU
Jolly Old St. Nicholas (C64 upgrade version): youtu.be/F4EeQ5P5l7k


released December 23, 2016



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Bedford Level Experiment Thunder Bay, Ontario

Bedford Level Experiment makes sincere nerdrock, ranging from folk-rock to post-punk to shoegaze. We focus on creating concept albums around geek themes - procedurally generated Shakespeare lyrics, the sci-fi musings of John Wyndham, or growing up in the '80s as a computer nerd without a computer, for example. ... more

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Track Name: A Commodore 64 Christmas
It was December 1982
I hoped that my dream would come true
That there would be waiting for me
A Commodore computer under the tree

I want a Commodore 64 Christmas

Now LEGO's nice, LEGO's fine,
But it won't scratch this 8-bit itch of mine

Now it was December 1983
What would Santa bring for me?
Would I finally get my wish?
My very own computer, with a SID chip

I want a Commodore 64 Christmas

I wanted, and I got
A Commodore 64 Christmas
Track Name: Jolly Old St. Nick (1984 C64 Upgrade Version)
Jolly old St. Nicholas, Lean your ear this way!
Don’t you tell a single soul, What I’m going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon; Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you’ll bring to me: Tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve, When I'm fast asleep,
Down the chimney broad and black, With your pack you'll creep;
I do love the computer that I got last year, but
Now would like some upgrades please, won't you, Santa dear?

I would like my own disk drive, cassette's too slow to load
And a big pack of blank disks, On which to save my code
Also get me a disk notcher, to use the back side
Yes I know I could use scissors
But this is quicker... and looks much more nice
Track Name: Christmas Ain't About Me
Lyrics by The Doubleclicks:

Christmas is about having a whole week off from school
Christmas is all family-time and cheer
It's strands made out of popcorn and a fire made out of Yule.
And why there aren't candy canes all year

But these days it's all different, because these days she's around
She's cute and small and everyone adores her
The true meaning of Christmas was to watch me open presents,
But Christmas ain't about me anymore

Christmas is about sitting still in church for days
Christmas is about never complaining
Two years ago my presents filled up Santa Claus' whole sleigh
But by last year my haul had started waning

And this year I'll get only toys that match the ones she gets
Or slightly larger versions of the outfits she ignores
Because the true meaning of Christmas was to watch me open presents,
But Christmas ain't about me anymore

I don't want to brag but I can walk way better than she can
Look at me a second cause I know a bunch more words
I do cartwheels, I can spell and I've been working on the Macarena
Doesn't that impress you?

Nothing makes a difference, because these days she's around
Despite her many faults they all adore her
The true meaning of Christmas was to watch me open presents
But Christmas ain't about me anymore
Christmas ain't about me anymore
Christmas ain't about me anymore