I was never the world’s biggest Wham! fan, but I would challenge anyone to deny a love/hate soft spot for “Last Christmas.” I’ll lay it on the line right here and admit that I went out and bought the Music From the Edge of Heaven CD in 1986 just so I could have that song. (“Wham Rap” was a hilarious fringe benefit of said purchase.)
Tonight, as I was listening to NPR Music’s All Songs 24/7 Music Channel, a familiar hook played in the rotation. As it often happens when I hear a cover, I knew that I recognized the melody, but I couldn’t place it since it was so far out of its original context. Then I heard the unmistakable chorus.
Covered by an Australian synth-pop wiz named Jane Hanley, also known as Kids At Midnight, this deliciously ethereal and lush electronic version of “Last Christmas” is part of an electronic Christmas EP titled X-Mas Rumors via Electronic Rumors. It’s utterly irresistible, and I’m completely smitten with it.
So now you know how much I love the original and this terrific alternate version of “Last Christmas.” Now I suddenly feel as if I’ve taken all my clothes off. Happy Christmas.