Posted by DjPaulT on 5th December 2016
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981
“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 Waitresses – Christmas 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*
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
For Long Version of “Chritmas Wrapping” buy the LP “A CHRISTMAS RECORD”.
Find the 7″ on DISCOGS
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