Christmas Posts 2012 #3


One of my favourite Christmas tracks this evening.

‘Christmas Wrapping’ by the Waitresses dates from 1981, and although not a big hit at the time in the UK (it reached no.45 in 1982), the story of a boy and girl who spend most of the year not quite getting together until…has become a perennial favourite.

I’ve posted the 12″ version before, which I think is superior to the version that seems to crop up on all the Christmas comps, so here it is again.

Waitresses -‘Christmas Wrapping (12″ version).’ mp3 This has been removed. For the last time, I don’t post these files to stop people buying music but to encourage them! Copyright agencies do not understand the internet.

…and two cover versions that have been doing the while for a while now:

Miss The Occupier -‘Christmas Wrapping.’ mp3

Save Ferris -‘Christmas Wrapping.’ mp3

Oh, and I know The Spice Girls covered it, as well. You can find this one for yourselves…

Christmas Posts 2011 #18


Ohio’s The Waitresses are best known these days for ‘Christmas Wrapping.’ This reached no.45 in 1982, and became a cult classic. I heard it on XFM in London (pre Scotland days) and at first was convinced that it was a Debbie Harry or Blondie side-project (it wasn’t; though the band’s drummer, Billy Ficca is perhaps best known as Television’s drummer).

The version here is the 12″ version, ripped from the single I found in a charity shop about eight years ago.

Waitresses-‘Christmas Wrapping (12″ version).’ mp3

…did I say cult classic? There’s a number of cover versions doing the rounds, including one that’s new from Dog Is Dead.

Save Ferris -‘Christmas Wrapping.’ mp3

Miss The Occupier -‘Christmas Wrapping.’ mp3

Next post is going to be the 17 Seconds Festive Fifty…