The Hives and Cyndi Lauper…A Terrible Idea

So it’s almost Christmas. A time of the year that’s supposed to be full of¬† joy, love, family and way too much food. However anyone who leaves the house during December will tell you it’s also a time of stress, being broke, arguments and having to listen to songs about reindeer and sleighs every time you walk into a shop.

Christmas carols do have their place, however they can get very annoying very quickly. It isn’t helped when you live in the Southern Hemisphere¬† and are constantly bombarded with songs about snow and winter when it’s forty degrees(celsius) outside and you would quite happily live in a freezer.

Over the years many bands and musicians have written their own songs about Christmas with varying degrees of success. Although it’s been around for over a year, this one is now available from the Triple J website as a free download and if you’re anything like me, it’ll leave you scratching your head.

Everyone’s favourite crazy Swedish band The Hives have recorded A Christmas Duel with 80’s popstar Cyndi Lauper. While this baffling combination should work, it doesn’t.

The song is a bit like Fairytale of New York in the sense that it is a bit on an angry Christmas song. It consists of Cyndi Lauper and Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist hurling insults at each other before the typical lets-be-friends-because-it’s-Christmas chorus kicks in.

Also, Cyndi Lauper singing the line “I went down on you mother” is many kinds of wrong.

Download it here.

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