12/4/09

Yuletide Grooves: 80's New Wave X-Mas


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In 1982, Blondie teamed up with Fab Five Freddy to redo their hit "Rapture" with a holiday twist called "Yuletide Throwdown". It was released on a Flexipop compilation album.  If you can get past the intro, it's not half bad, really.



Blondie & Fab Five Freddie - Yuletide Throwndown .mp3



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My favorite new wave yuletide track has to be "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. Most people are acquainted with the group via their hit "I Know What Boys Like" and the theme song to the TV show "Square Pegs". But their new wave Christmas song has become a classic as well.

It came about when the record label required that all their punk and new wave acts compose a Christmas song. Most of the bands hissed at the mere thought of it, but The Waitresses spent a week recording a really fantastic tune.  Patty Donahue's unique delivery gives it extra charm.  A detailed history of the song can be found here.



The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping .mp3



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7 comments:

  1. Christmas Wrapping is a true classic--an absolutely brilliant song!

    That Blondie track is too good to just have been released on a flexidisc back in the day! It's really fun!

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  2. "Christmas Wrapping" is one of a few pop holiday songs that doesn't make me want to gag. Good song by a good group.

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  3. McCartney's "We're sim-ply hav-ing a wonderful Christmas time" gets stuck in my head like a virus every single year and won't leave till the alcohol from New Year's detoxifies it.

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  4. I can't believe I've never heard the Waitresses' song. It's great!

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  5. Looks like Bridgette Neilson on the cover, am I right?

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  6. never heard christmas wrapping. what an amazing song. thank you!

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  7. I've never heard any of these before.

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