US rocker Bert Mccracken marked the 25th anniversary of his hero John Lennon's death earlier this month (08DEC05) by recording a new version of the former beatle's HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) anthem for a new alternative festive hits album.

McCracken, who once dated Kelly Osbourne and fronts rock group The Used, has donated his cover to new holiday compilation TASTE OF CHRISTMAS.

The albums also features AMPED's version of WE THREE KINGS and Funeral For A Friend's MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS.

McCracken's group has also offered an original track, ALONE THIS HOLIDAY, for the compilation.