With every Christmas season comes the return of so many songs I love. While they're too numerous to list here, performances that spring to mind are The Ronettes' "Sleigh Ride," The Drifters' "White Christmas," Bing Crosby's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and pretty much any holiday tune Elvis ever did.
And then there's the unique case of "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know it anyway:
I never know what to make of this song. It's one of those that's never quite major enough on my radar to think about the other 11 months of the year so I only have a few weeks each year to consider it.
Is it good? In a number of discernible ways, it certainly is. They do a great job of establishing a groove early on and they maintain it throughout. And the sax solos are great. The lyrics tell a fun story.
Is it bad? Kind of. That lady really can't sing. What I can't figure out is if she can't sing in a cheeky, charming sort of way, or if it's just bad. I think it might be a bit of both.
So, that's about it. Enjoy(?) the song if it's your taste. If not, there's lots of good Christmas tunes out there. They aren't hard to find.