The xx have had a busy year, and 2013 looks to be another big one for them as they’ve just announced a number of large gigs around Europe next May, which will surely be added to in the near future. Nevertheless the band found time to make it down to BBC’s Radio 1 and perform in their Live Lounge. As is customary for visitors to the Live Lounge, they performed a cover, and since it’s just over a week until Christmas, it had to be something festive. Oliver Sims admitted that they’d chosen Wham!’s “Last Christmas” because it’s definitely in his top 3 Christmas songs, and he also let slip that Wham! were the first band the trio ever covered, playing a version of “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” right back when they formed.
You can hear the recording of their version of “Last Christmas” below, and if their version of “Wake Me Up…” is anywhere near as lovely as this, then I’d definitely like to hear it.
MP3: The xx – “Last Christmas”
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