I’ve always rather enjoyed seemingly incongruous musical meetings. And thus it came to pass that earlier this week, John Grant with Budgie (former drummer for Big in Japan, the Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees/The Creatures) were joined on stage by Kylie Minogue for a performance of ‘Glacier.’
I came across this in the Siouxsie and the Banshees facebook group – many thanks to Costas who edited this from four versions and shared this. Of course, it’s not the first time Kylie has collaborated with artists from seemingly more leftfield backgrounds than hers – the Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers and of course, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The definition of a ‘sleeper’ hit would be one that over a long period of time becomes a big success, despite having relatively little promotion or not having a successful beginning. And if there’s a Christmas sleeper hit, then that title has got to go to ‘Christmas Wrapping‘ by the Waitresses.
The Waitresses (read more about them on Wiki and a more in-depth article via Consequence of Sound), hailed from Akron, Ohio and were part of the American new-wave scene of the early 1980s. ‘Christmas Wrapping’ was their only hit in the UK, reaching no.45 in 1982 (see here for proof, if you’re so inclined), and yet over the years has become hugely popular and recognised, appearing on numerous compilations. I first heard it in the late 1990s, when it was still relatively unknown (at first I thought with the almost wrapping it was Blondie. Close but no cigar – the only link to CBGBs is that Television drummer Billy Ficca was the Waitresses’ drummer). The Spice Girls covered it as a b-side (you can seek it out, I’m sure) and the latest version is Kylie Minogue covering it with Iggy Pop for for her Christmas album, Kylie Christmas.
Here, for NME, the band’s Chris Butler talks about the song:
And as a bonus, here’s the Kylie and Iggy version: