Friday, December 9, 2011

No 9 - Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

Chrissie Hynde, Clarke Gable and Devo are all famous folk from Akron, Ohio.

So, with todays choice, Akron, Ohio takes top spot in the 'places that have given us great xmas records' category. It was the birth place of the man who wrote and produced Christmas Wrapping.
Chris Butler is that man. "I go back and I try to think of what the original inspiration was. I think it was just very much that for years I hated Christmas,"

That loathing led to him writing a story song of love unrequited, love then requited -  over a search for cranberries.

To make this song even cooler it was first released on the Ze Label, the early 80's barometer of NYC pop/punk sophistication.
Was Not Was, Suicide and Kid Creole all featured on their roster.

What's not to like?

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