Robert Fripp and Toyah Gives Punk Rendition Of ‘Rockin Around The Christmas Tree’
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As part of their ongoing Sunday Lunch series, husband and wife team Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have returned to YouTube with a cover of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
This holiday-themed song came in after Wilcox and Fripp covered The Cardigans’ 1998 hit, “My Favorite Game.”
Looking back at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Sunday Lunch series was launched. It was originally a coping mechanism for the two with the lockdown. However, Fripp said that the series has angered many devoted King Crimson followers recently. He explained in one of his interviews:
“My wife insists performers have a responsibility to lift people’s spirits in hard times. Do I respect that? My answer is yes, completely and utterly I do.”
The guitarist added:
“My wife said to me, ‘if all we’ve done in two years is help one person through their bad time, it’s all worth it.’ So I’m not sure if that meets a criteria of serving what is highest in music, but for me, it’s a real undertaking that I respect. And I am quite prepared to strap on a guitar and rock out to a classic riff in order to achieve it.”
Jewish songwriter Johnny Marks, who also composed the holiday favorites “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” authored “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” Brenda Lee released the first version of it in 1958.
Watch the rocking couple’s new cover in the video below.