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The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (UK 7″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 5th, 2016



“Christmas Wrapping” is a Christmas song by the American post-punk band The Waitresses. It was first released on the compilation album A Christmas Record (1981) on ZE Records, and also appears on the Waitresses’ 1982 EP I Could Rule the World if I Could only Get the Parts (1982). The song received positive reviews from music critics, and Allmusic described it as “one of the best holiday pop tunes ever recorded.”

The song was released as a single in the UK in 1981 on Island Records. Although it did not make the charts that year, it was reissued in 1982 and reached No. 45 on the official UK Singles Chart in December 1982.

In 1981 ZE Records asked each of its artists to record a Christmas song for a Christmas compilation album, A Christmas Record. Songwriter Chris Butler wrote the song in August that year, assembling it from assorted unused riffs he had saved “for a rainy day”. Some of the lyrics were finished in a taxi cab on the way to the recording studio. Butler explained the lyrics came from “just very much that for years I hated Christmas … Everybody I knew in New York was running around like a bunch of fiends. It wasn’t about joy. It was something to cope with.”

Written soon after the birth of rap music, the song is “almost rapped” by Patty Donahue; the title is a pun on “rapping”.

The b-side “Christmas Fever” is another track from the 1981 compilation album A Christmas Record performed by French singer, songwriter, composer,Charlélie Couture.

The 7″ edit of “Christmas Wrapping” has not appeared on CD as fas I know most compilations us the long version which I posted in December 2013.

The WaitressesChristmas Wrapping (7″ Edit) 3:52
Bass, Vocals – Tracy Wormworth
Drums – Billy Ficca
Engineer – Mike Firondelli*
Keyboards – Dan Klayman
Producer, Guitar – Chris Butler
Saxophone – Mars Williams
Trumpet – Dave Buck
Vocals – Patty Donahue
Written-By – C. Butler*

Charlelie Couture* – Christmas Fever 4:49
Written-By – Couture*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: ZE Records ‎– WIP 6763, Island Records ‎– WIP 6763
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Split
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: New Wave

For Long Version of “Chritmas Wrapping” buy the LP “A CHRISTMAS RECORD”.

Find the 7″ on DISCOGS


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11 Responses to “The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (UK 7″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    It snowed a little here today Paul, so this is like the perfect record to usher in the Christmas holiday season!! Can’t wait to hear this short version of the song. How cool is this!! It looks like “Saint Rip” is at it again making all our holiday wishes come true. You really make me smile and feel all cozy inside. Many, many thanks for making everyday like Christmas with your posts Paul!!

    Eggnog Cheers!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Always love the first snow of the year can’t wait for ours. The b-side is really fun too. Happy Holidays 🙂


  2. Stevo Says:

    Thanks for this, had never been able to get the 7″ edit online before, and as you say, every compilation has the long version


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steve. Seasons Greetings 🙂


  3. BE.D12'' Says:

    Thx Paul.

    RIP Oakland’s victims!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome BE.D12”. Very sad.


  4. David Gerard Says:

    Ha! I enjoyed the 12″ you posted a few years ago.


  5. Paul Buddery Says:

    Thanks Paul form Paul possibly my favourite Xmas tune ever Happy Christmas


  6. PacManPlus Says:

    Always loved this song.
    For the longest time (back then), I thought this was Blondie. It sounds like Debbie Harry, and I can see them doing this kind of song. 🙂


  7. Clive Says:

    Hi –
    The UK B-side is a different – but thematically tied – Waitresses track. “Hangover 1-1-83” is an instrumental that musically evokes that ‘still happy from last night but God, I feel like crap’ vibe of a New Year’s Day hangover. There’s lots of keyboard burrs and whizzes and a piercing saxophone spends much of the track going crazy. Topping it off is the fact that the recording wavers and changes speed and pitch by itself, as if your record player was on the fritz. Very clever stuff.


  8. Philip Obbard Says:

    THANK YOU! I think I commented about this a while back. This 7″ edit was a notable omission from the otherwise great 2 compilation treatment they got a few years ago. Thank you so much for doing this!

    Interestingly, there’s an MP3 version available on Amazon labelled “Christmas Wrapping (Single Edit)”, but it’s NOT the same version you have here, as it includes the jingling bells intro and runs 4:31 (not to be confused with the “long” version at 5:19, widely available). To my ears, the Amazon MP3 is a needledrop, and a slightly different mix to the LP version, but my ears could be playing tricks. Until I heard your version a few minutes ago, I assumed these would be the same edit – I guess the Amazon “single version” will remain a mystery for now!


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