25 dicembre 2011

Tuttora citata da qualcuno come una delle migliori canzoni moderne di tema natalizio, Thanks for Christmas nacque per scherzo nel novembre 1983 offrendo agli XTC, lungo il tribolato percorso da Mummer a Big Express, l'occasione di inventarsi un alter ego tradizionale e un po' ruffiano, di basso profilo (si fa per dire), niente affatto quello stratosferico delle vicende immediatamente successive: The Three Wise Men. I Re Magi, addirittura. L'etichetta discografica, la Virgin, così annunciava l'uscita del singolo al cospetto del buon Dio (il produttore David Lord): "Three Wise Men turn up on Virgin, not Mary, but Records. “On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree ... ” Yes, Virgin enters into the festive spirit with this seasonal offering, ‘Thanks for Christmas’ by The Three Wise Men. The song was penned by well-known writing team Kaspar/Melchior/Balthazar, the Far East's answer to Holland/Dozier/Holland. Production was by The Three Wise Men and the Good Lord himself. Not surprisingly, the release hits the decks shrouded in mystery, intrigue and much speculation. The ‘What's On In Bethlehem’-style sleeve may well proclaim ‘The Three Wise Men’, but this non-de-plume cunningly conceals the identity of one of Virgin's top pop groups! Not that we're telling you which band. Could it be Culture Club, Human League, Heaven 17, China Crisis or even Slapp Happy? Over to you! Just good clean Virgin fun to keep you guessing right into the New Year. It's certainly countdown to Christmas party time. Cheers!"