Universal Honey Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas Again With Digital Re-Release of Original Holiday Rock Classic
Some 15+ years after its independent release, Universal Honey’s rock ‘n roll holiday classic, Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas, is available for the first time on both digital and streaming platforms.
While paying homage to holiday classics like “Three Ships,” this extended re-release includes first-ever Universal Honey takes on a trio of yuletide classics – “Little Drummer Boy,” “White Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland” – as well as a new radio edit of the “Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas” title track.
Produced during an especially creative period in Universal Honey’s indie rock career, Leslie Stanwyck (vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer) and Johnny Sinclair (bassist/producer) gathered in their home studio during one July heat wave – of all times – to co-write original holiday rock tunes that reflected their own melodic power pop backgrounds and Sinclair’s distinct lyrical takes on the Christmas season.
When they weren’t arranging and performing on these tracks themselves, they collaborated with a “who’s who” of CanRock mainstays, including Kim Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Jim Cuddy, Tyler Stewart, and Peter Timmins.
The enduring popularity of these Universal Honey holiday treats can be measured by their regular appearances on radio playlists season after season, as well as their placement on holiday films like The Road to Christmas and The Christmas Ornament. Rock ’n roll hall-of-famer Ronnie Spector liked the Stanwyck/Sinclair “Best Christmas Ever” track so much, she covered the song and named her 2010 holiday record after it.
In this holiday season, we could all use a little extra cheer, and Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas is a gift worth rediscovering.
Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas is available now and is just of seven Universal Honey re-releases spanning calendar years 2020-2021, with the recently released UH EP 2020 providing the band’s first all-original release in 15+ years.
Can’t Stop Thinking About Christmas (Extended Re-Release) Track listing:
Can't Stop Thinking About Christmas
Glad It's Christmastime
Best Christmas Ever
The Celebration (featuring Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies, Dave Bidini of The Rheostatics, and Andy Maize of Skydiggers)
Shine a Light on the World (featuring Peter Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies and Andrew Aldridge)
Three Ships (featuring Gerard Popma of Sin City Boys and Clayton Denwood)
The Bells (featuring Dave Rave of Teenage Head)
Little Christmas Tree (featuring Ron Sexsmith and Gerard Popma)
Let Me Be Your Santa Claus (featuring Darren Pfeiffer of Goldfinger)
Shiny Star (featuring Kim Mitchell of Max Webster and Andy Curran of Coney Hatch)
Christmastime in the Summertime (featuring Stephen Stanley)
You Still Love Me (featuring Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo)
Can't Stop Thinking About Mixmas (featuring Robbie Takac of Goo Dolls)
Can't Stop Thinking About Christmas (Radio Edit) – Bonus Track
Little Drummer Boy (Bonus Track)
White Christmas (Bonus Track)
Winter Wonderland (Bonus Track)
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any stranger… Toronto’s alt-pop rockers Universal Honey Release New Music for first time in 15 years with UH EP 2020.
In making honey during this challenging musical period, Leslie Stanwyck and Johnny Sinclair are releasing their first new music in over a decade with UH EP 2020.
Re-energized by global activities in these last few months, Universal Honey principals Stanwyck (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, production) and Sinclair (bass, vocals, production) co-wrote the six songs on UH EP 2020 in a creative burst. The couple’s trademark melodic power pop is in ample evidence across these fresh tracks. The first single, Rolling Back Time, lyrically is of the time – it’s all about looking forward and not getting caught in the trappings of past ideals.
Joined on these recording by two Canadian rock veterans, guitarist Kurt Schefter (Alannah Myles) and drummer Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics), the six tracks on UH EP 2020 extend the distinct “ear candy” sound Stanwyck and Sinclair created across seven earlier Universal Honey releases. Universal Honey’s distinct blend of melodic vocals, punchy guitars, and “can’t get it out of your head” hooks and choruses are in abundance here.
UH EP 2020 is being digitally released October 19th to all streaming sites, with compact disc format to follow.
Stay tuned, as Universal Honey continues to release the remainder of its largely unavailable catalog to streaming sites into 2021.