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Butler had to write something in a hurry. He barricaded himself in his tiny apartment in the West Village and began coming up with Christmas ideas in the middle of a sweltering summer. Alternative Festive Songs To Freshen Up Your Christmas Playlist". HuffPost. December 18, 2017 . Retrieved December 26, 2022. Zilkha wanted The Waitresses to contribute an original song for a Christmas album with other acts on the label, including Was (Not Was), Alan Vega, Suicide, Davitt Sigerson, Cristina, August Darnell, Charlélie Couture and Material with Nona Hendryx. The film won several awards and made Michael Gill consider working in Hollywood. Instead he chose to remain at the BBC, where he later approached Sir Kenneth Clark to make the television series Civilisation.

I hoped that he would just forget about the idea,” Butler recalled. “Nope. Middle of August, I think, he says, ‘OK, I’ve got you booked into Electric Lady Studios on Eighth Street at St. Mark’s Place in New York, ready for the Christmas song.’” Written in New York Yes, Butler receives royalties for the work. “I don’t live a limousine life, but we have ramen for the next year,” he joked.I thought ‘OK, wrap. There’s a double or triple pun there.’ It all wraps up with a neat little bow at the end,” he said. Three days in studio Christmas came early this year when Netflix released “The Tomorrow War” in July. The song was featured prominently during the first five minutes of the sci-fi movie. Long after the holiday season, fans demanded that The Waitresses play the song live, so the group did so until disbanding in 1984.

Christmas Wrapping" was released as a single in the UK in 1981 on Island Records. It did not initially make the charts, but was reissued in 1982 and reached No. 45 on the UK Singles Chart that December. [11] It remains the Waitresses' highest-charting single in the UK. [12] The song appears in numerous holiday-music compilations, including The Edge of Christmas, Dr. Demento's Holidays in Dementia, and Now That's What I Call Christmas!: The Signature Collection. [14] Forty years later, he’s still amazed when he hears the tune blaring on the radio, wafting through a mall or playing in a movie or TV show.


During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, people seem to relate to the weary protagonist as she rushes around before Christmas and finds out there’s a force for good. a b c d "Christmas Wrapping: the Waitresses on how they made a festive classic". The Guardian. December 13, 2020 . Retrieved December 14, 2020. a b "Waitresses Chart History". Official Charts. Official Charts Company . Retrieved April 11, 2017. a b McNultey, Bernadette (December 16, 2012). "Christmas songs advent calendar: Day 16. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping". The Telegraph . Retrieved December 23, 2012. In 2005, Guardian journalist Dorian Lynskey called the song "fizzing, funky dance-around-the-Christmas-tree music for Brooklyn hipsters". [13] In 2012, the Daily Telegraph writer Bernadette McNulty called it "one of the most charming, insouciant festive songs ever". [8] The AllMusic reviewer Andy Hinds called it "one of the best holiday pop tunes ever recorded". [1]

In 1981, ZE Records asked each of its artists to record a Christmas song for a compilation album, A Christmas Record. The Waitresses were in the middle of a difficult tour and the Christmas song commission was "the last thing we wanted", Butler said later. [3] [4] The Waitresses Chart History (Holiday Digital Song Sales)". Billboard . Retrieved December 24, 2020. Christmas Wrapping - Single Miranda Cosgrove". iTunes Store. Apple. December 16, 2008 . Retrieved December 24, 2013. It’s almost like I paid something forward to give me a slap in the face,” Butler said. “To say: Look, it’s going to be OK. Lighten up.”Christmas Wrapping” tells the big-city story of a young woman, voiced by Donahue, who is feeling worn out after a busy year and vows to sit out the holidays. “Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! But I think I’ll miss this one this year,” she sings.

Butler said “Christmas Wrapping” has blindsided him many times. He might be in a grumpy mood, doing last-minute shopping, driving from store to store, when a familiar tune blasts out of his car radio: Directed by Michael Gill and written by Yvonne Gilan, his then wife, it stars Juliet Harmer as the Very Beautiful Girl, Tom Adams as The Boy Next Door, and is narrated by Peter Ustinov. It also features an appearance from the nine-year-old A. A. Gill, son of the director and writer.

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British single certifications – Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved December 21, 2021.

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