Covers shown: UK LP 1980, Japan LP 1981, CD 1997
CLAWS (1980)

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The Hybrid Kids Christmas album
UK: Pipe Records / Cherry Red Records B RED 11
Re-issued in 1981, Japan, Japan Records JAL-2501
Re-issued on CD in 1997, UK: Blueprint/Voiceprint Records BP-273-CD
Re-issued as a double CD with "Hybrid Kids" in 2008, UK: Cherry Red Records CDBRED 362

1. We Three Kings
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. Deck The Halls / Go Tell It On The Mountain
4. Coventry
5. Holly And Ivy
6. No St. Bernard
7. Listen, The Snow Is Falling
8. Dead Ducks
9. Good King Wenceslas
10. Happy Xmas war is over

Bonus tracks on 1997 CD:
11. Coventry - backtrack
12. Holly And Ivy - remix
13. We Three Kings - remix
14. O Come All Ye Faithful - remix

Joel Cutrara: Rap 3
Lol Coxhill: Soprano Sax 3, 10
Chris & Valerie Ross: Mummers’ Chorus 4
Quentin Crisp: Voice 5
Iain McNay: Anti-Christmas rap 6
Maggie Nicols: Vocals 7, 8

The second and last Hybrid Kids album - a Christmas album (Santa Claws...). Again, all Morgan, in Pipe Studios, this time recorded on an 8-track TEAC. The fictional band idea was abandoned and the theme was to use art-punk arrangements to express the feeling of a dark, pagan, pre-Christian, pre-Christmas winter solstice. Most of the tracks are traditional carols, plus two Christmassy songs by John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Iain McNay (Cherry Red boss) improvised a witty anti-Christmas rant on one track. Other guests included Miniatures artists Maggie Nicols, Lol Coxhill and The Phantom Captain Theatre group.

As this was made before the age of samplers (Morgan used to dream about such devices), he used tape loops to supply drums, orchestral sounds, and all manner of sound effects. Less of a parody than the first Hybrid Kids album, this album features Morgan’s surprisingly powerful guitar, bass and vocals as well as the usual rich mix of keyboards and found sounds.

The highly inventive pen-and ink cover was created by celebrated Time Out and Oz illustrator Peter Till. More of his fine work may be seen here.


From - 5 stars out of 5!
Margaret Kenny: Amazing

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2018
Absolutely brilliant. Makes you want to wear a weird papier-mâché mask. I can think of no higher praise. I could write an essay or a 33 and a third book on how funny brilliantly played inventive and liberating this record is, but I know your time is precious - you just need to know quickly and concisely will this go down a storm at your seasonal rave-up, will it win you new friends, will it improve your social standing. The answer is yes yes yes. A lot of nonsense is bandied around about how this or that record 'changed (so-and-so's) life' only to prove to be upon closer inspection the usual mulch. This is different. The eighties were mostly lousy apart from a few nuggets that shone brightly and are every bit as good to this day. This is one such example. A satirical take on punk but closer in spirit to what punk ought to have been rather than decaying bondage trousers and hair dye. You might quit your job go, into the garden and start scrutinising the insects and moles and without wishing to engage in hyperbole the world might become just a tiny little bit better.

From Amazon UK - 5 stars out of 5
Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name): Love it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2018 (2-CD set of both Hybrid Kids albums)
Love it!! Two albums of sonic madness/genius from the astonishingly creative Morgan Fisher. That this was recorded in Morgan's flat on basic equipment and what he achieves really is amazing. For the more adventurous listener with a good sense of humour.

From - 4 stars out of 5

A Very Hybrid Christmas, 10 September, 2002
A-ha ! My secret Xmas indulgence becomes accessible to so many more people. Having turned his hand to deconstructing pop-songs, and miniaturisation, Morgan Fisher filtered Christmas thru' his warped brain. A mixture of traditional tunes and his own compositions, and for anyone disillusioned with most pop music, it works a treat. By turns, surprisingly moving (Dead Ducks and Holly & Ivy) hilarious (a farmyard Merry Christmas, War Is Over - with Pinky and Perky), educational (Good King Wenceslas) and thought-provoking. It only loses a star as you won't get the original postcards with the CD. So, if this is going to be your year, what are you going to do about it?

From Amazon US - 5 stars out of 5
mattjk: Amazing CD
Reviewed in the United States on 27 January 2013
I ran across this music (if you can call it that) years ago but never owned the CD. I'm excited finally to own it. It definitely provides a different experience for holiday music! An acquaintance of a friend called it "the best Christmas album ever". I don't know - I don't think that does justice to the irreverant feel-good I get when I listen to it.

From Amazon US - 4 stars out of 5
David Bethune: Very very weird
Reviewed in the United States on 7 March 2013
This is a great collection of some of the oddist least commercial music I've ever heard. The exact opposite of the crap produced every day and that is so tiresome. If I hear one more Rap/Hip Hop song I'll kill myself. Once it was interesting but year after year of stuff that sounds exactly the same? Lame. I love to hear work like this that was produced by people who have a genuine interest in MUSIC, sound, and trying something new. This is not pablum for your ears. It requires actually listening and it's a fun and provocative album. I guess I'm saying it is art VS commercial garbage. I suppose that sounds very elitist - so be it. This is not an album for everyone. It needs to be thoughfully explored but is a fun album. Very playful.