I knew of The Waitresses since the early 90's but have no memory of hearing Christmas Wrapping until the end of the 90's so the Spice Girls covering it may be a factor. also as far as I know neither of The Waitresses LP's have ever been reissued strangely.In fairness I'm not sure I heard it even once growing up, I think it was more of a USA-based alt-classic, but it's around a lot more generally these days. Blame the monoculture I guess. I work with Americans who have never heard the Fairytale of New York.
They were reissued on this thing a few years back,I knew of The Waitresses since the early 90's but have no memory of hearing Christmas Wrapping until the end of the 90's so the Spice Girls covering it may be a factor. also as far as I know neither of The Waitresses LP's have ever been reissued strangely.
The song got to 42 in the UK charts in 1982 but I Know What Boys Like was a much better known song in the US.
Took me a long time to realise Chris Butler was also in Tin Huey.
Tracy's bassline is awesome. When I listen to the song online I can't heard the bass on some devices which shows old formats are the best.
Cheers Lili - The albums are still easy to get on vinyl but I didn't known about that CD reissue.They were reissued on this thing a few years back,
I'd say the interest isn't there for full reissues but considering some of the forgotten nonsense that gets reissued that must only sell a few hundred copies worldwide, who knows
‘I hated Christmas. I always had to work when everyone was having an eggnog. So I poured my sourness into this song’www.theguardian.com
Chris Butler has told this story a bunch of times so not so much the article as the great comments ranging from:
For me it’s a Christmas song that really stands the test of time.
Listened to it today and hadn’t really noticed how great that bass line from Tracy Wormworth really is.
the only Christmas song.
If there is one thing which unites our immediate family, it is the intro to Christmas Wrapping. "Skip" comes the immediate and unanimous response. It is the most dreary, unmusical, lyrically lightweight and miserable Christmas song to ever get onto the 'compilation' roster.
But, having read the article, I at least understand, a little more, about why it is so awful.
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