The history of recorded Christmas music includes several unusual couplings. David Bowie and Bing Crosby (“Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”). Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues (“Fairytale of New York”). Elmo & Patsy, anyone?
Moved by the holiday spirit, artists from different genres have often united in recording studios, in concert, and on TV. And I’m happy to report that Christmas 2008 looks like a good year for such pairings. First up, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper. The Swedish rock band has teamed up with Ms. Unusual to present “A Christmas Duel.” From The Hives’ website:
“While some would expect one of those warm-your-toes-by-the-fire-while-snuggling-up-to-your-loved-one-between-sips-of-hot-cocoa-and-smooches-under-the-mistletoe type of songs, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper offer more of a unique take for this holiday season. Let’s just say that the pair get a little scrappy. It also features a piano. Yay.”
Anxious to hear what the black-and-white-clad boys have cooked up with the colorful Lauper? Take a listen to “A Christmas Duel” below, and read on to get this gift under your tree for free:
As an “early present to fans who have found themselves being particularly awesome this past year,” The Hives are offering “A Christmas Duel” as a free download through Sunday. (Simply sign up for the band’s email list for access to the track.)
Again, it’s free through Thanksgiving Weekend. Latecomers will have to open their wallet at online retailers on December 2nd.