Tuxedo – Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney’s 1979 single ‘Wonderful Christmastime‘ gets an awful lot of airplay this time of the year; it also has to be one of the modern Christmas classics that gets the most crap dumped on it (the other one being Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You,’ which is massively popular but also pure evil.) An awful lot of people seem to really hate ‘Wonderful Christmastime,’ which to be honest I’ve never really understood. It is what it is; a simple little pop song, the kind of song Paul McCartney can write in his sleep. He wrote and recorded the whole thing all by himself, and probably never intended it to become an annual headache for so many people. But I’ll say it: I like it. I’ve always liked it. Sure it can get tiresome when it’s played to death each year, but so can any other song. That said, I think I’d miss it if I didn’t hear it once or twice during the holidays. And now there’s a new version of the song that appeared online yesterday; and I think this version is even better than Sir Paul’s.
Tuxedo, a new band formed by Ann Arbor’s Mayer Hawthorne and Jacke One,with a debut album coming out on Stones Throw Records next year, released their funky version of Wonderful Christmastime yesterday on their Soundcloud page. You can listen to it, and download it for free if you really dig it. It’s hard to take a song that’s so played to death every Christmas season and do something fresh and new with it; Tuxedo nailed it. Hate the original? Give this one a try. Love the original to death? Give this one a try.