BEST PLAYED LOUD WITH ROOM TO DANCE!
NY band The Waitresses released this boom tune in 1981 as part of a special Christmas Record and 35 years later it still packs a punch. The video is so retro kitsch its funny … but best to listen and dance.
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A, B & M xx
Christmas Wrapping’ – undoubtedly one of the greatest festive hits of the past 50 years, and covered by none other than Kylie – has become a cruel legacy for The Waitresses, who wrote it to please their label and eventually split because of it.
Writer Chris Butler hated Christmas. It’s not just because of his rough upbringing in Ohio, where his family treated the holiday as a chance to express their distaste for each other. Nor is it simply because, as a self-confessed Scrooge, the faux jolliness has always grated against his sour demeanour. It also has something to do with ‘Christmas Wrapping’, the 1981 holiday hit Butler wrote with US new wave band The Waitresses. It’s the reason his singular style of songwriting is best known for a Christmas song covered by the Spice Girls.
Over a decade before the likes of Liz Phair, Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney helped redefine what a female voice could say in mainstream culture, The Waitresses squeezed previously taboo topics such as social imbalance, emotional honesty and sexuality into complex pop music. So when Butler wrote a throwaway song about a busy single woman who’d rather be alone than endure Christmas, its unique perspective produced an accidental hit.
By the time the Spice Girls covered ‘Christmas Wrapping’ in 1998, Butler was returning to his experimental roots: recording songs using archaic equipment like wax cylinders and writing abstract poetry. “I felt all sophisticated, like an avant-garde New Yorker,” he says. “Then along comes the most commercial entity in the fucking world covering a song of mine. It felt… awkward.” But, in a way, the song is emblematic of The Waitresses: witty, off-kilter pop offering sociological snapshots from a female perspective. Butler had no interest in formulaic love songs. Instead he would channel his songwriting through a ‘big sister’ protagonist – a “working woman with big dreams” – to articulate issues that, he says, most men were clueless about.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/christmas-wrapping-why-the-waitresses-infectious-festive-hit-eventually-broke-the-band-765276#foZwpfC6RQZXfilu.99