Lucy Dacus shares a "fun, psychotic" cover of "Last Christmas" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

It’s the day after Halloween, and we all know what that means — the absurdly long holiday season unofficially begins now. Lucy Dacus may have released a Christmas song this morning, but by the sound of it the singer-songwriter isn’t ready to deck the halls just yet.

“I don’t really like Christmas,” Dacus said in a press release. She expresses that discontent in her new cover Wham’s 1980s hit “Last Christmas,” which is more about heartbreak and betrayal than the holiday itself. “In the studio, we listened to the original of ‘Last Christmas’ and didn’t talk about an arrangement. I just told everyone to play it angry. This is what happened first take. It actually came out pretty fun, maybe a tad psychotic.”

The cover will be included on Dacus’ forthcoming 2019 EP, for which she’s been sharing covers and original songs throughout the year — including a rendition of “La Vie en Rose” for Valentine’s Day, the original “My Mother and I” for Mother’s Day, and a cover of “Dancing In The Dark” for Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. The EP comes out November 8 via Matador Records, and you can expect to hear the last unreleased song, a New Year’s tune, between now and then.

Lucy Dacus will ring in the New Year right here in Philly, with three shows at Johnny Brenda’s on December 29, 30, and 31. The show on the 31st is sold out, but tickets are still available for the prior two. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Last Christmas” below and pre-order the 2019 EP here.

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