Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Cyndi's Christmas Duel

One of the best things about 2008 has been Cyndi Lauper's return to pop prominence. "Bring Ya To The Brink" kicked every other menopausal diva to the curb with its sheer brilliance, while her sell out tour has continued to win rave reviews around the world. It seems only appropriate that Cyndi should end the year on a high and her fierce duet with The Hives provides the perfect vehicle. "A Christmas Duel" is a Yuletide anthem after my own heart - a biting and highly amusing argument set against a catchy rock 'n 'roll soundtrack. This is the perfect antidote to the nauseating sap dominating the airwaves at this time of year. Per from The Hives kicks off proceedings with the awesome opening line "I bought no gift this year and I slept with your sister" before Cyndi strikes back by claiming "I slept with your brother, I wrecked your daddy's car and I went down on your mother"! Could Cyndi possibly get any more fabulous? Think of this as a musical "War Of The Roses" - Michael Douglas Vs Kathleen Turner not the English civil war! Apart from the amazing lyrics, "A Christmas Duel" boasts a paradoxically sweet chorus and great vocal performances. I had forgotten how good it is to hear Cyndi rock out. She is the coolest 55 year old on the planet. Fact!

"A Christmas Duel" is available to download from iTunes now.

5 comments:

Jamie_movietrip said...

I love it where she sings "Who the fuck wants a christmas tree, anyway?" Such a great track!

Paul said...

that is so very exciting. Adventcalendariffic!

Anonymous said...

Go Cyndi!!!!!

undisco_me said...

Christmas resentment couldn't sound any better if I were demmanding reciets for my presents then and there. I really like this song - I wish it had a video in it, unlike Into The Nightlife, where her face looks 3D would decent make-up.

Are any of the Hive boys cute?

Anonymous said...

Love the song, just heard it on Sirius then went searching for what tune it was. Great review, but I think you meant antidote, not anecdote.