How to Do A Cover Version

Every year, one of the main moans people have is about the commercialisation of Christmas, of how shops seem to have their Christmas stock out on their shelves earlier each year and how the Christmas songs start getting pumped into the shops at around the same time too. The date usually given for that is early-to-mid November, meaning that by the time the big day arrives, you are utterly sick to death of hearing them.

And it’s the same old songs, they will say: Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everyone”, Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone”, Wizzard’s We’ve Called Ours Merry Christmas Everyone Too I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”.

But hand on heart, I haven’t heard a single one of those this year. Yet.

I have heard some Christmas songs in shops, usually when I’m queuing up to get my meal deal in Boots. And this year, the first one that I heard could only have been bettered had it been Dennis Waterman and George Cole’s “What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors?”.

This one:


The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

Which reminded me of this little gem of a cover which came out a few years ago, on a record the name and sleeve of which may look a little familiar:


Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping

It’s been doing my head in just who it is that Summer Camp’s singer Elizabeth Sankey sounds like on that, and it finally came to me: a cross between Sophie Ellis Bextor and Kate Nash (who I was totally gobsmacked to see rock up in Netflix’s “Glow” earlier this year amongst a troupe of wannabe female wrestlers. Kate, not Sophie, that is.)

More soon.

Mostly Christmas covers, if I’m totally honest.

But more soon, anyway.

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8 thoughts on “How to Do A Cover Version”

  1. Sadly, I’ve heard all the old “classics” over and over again, usually when I pick MrsRobster up from work. She works in retail and how she hasn’t gone stark raving mad from being exposed to those godawful tunes several times a day every day I do not know.

  2. Summer Camp, the wonderful Summer Camp did an entire album of Christmas Songs. Including an ace version of Last Christmas by Wham.

  3. Slade’s is “Merry Xmas Everybody”, not “…Everyone”.

    I choreographed a charity aerobichristmas-a-thon a few years back (it must have been 2012, since doing the “Gangnam Style” dance to “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes wouldn’t have been funny any other year) and so had to listen properly and repeatedly to a load of the “classics”. I came to the conclusion that “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” is actually a properly ace record. And the Shakin’ Stevens one is badly under-written. Considering he held it back for a year to avoid going up against Band Aid, he could have used that time to write another verse or two instead of just repeating “Snow is falling…” over and over.

    Also, I recommend Keith Emerson’s version of Troika from Lt Kije, which is utterly bonkers and basically impossible to dance to, but fun to try.

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