Here’s our own version of an Indie Advent Calendar. I love Christmas music and I love covers, so our 2011 The Color Awesome Advent Calendar will give you 25 yummy Christmas covers.
The Cocteau Twins originally recorded “Frosty the Snowman,” for the Volume CD Magazine Issue 5 in 1992. In the magazine’s liner notes, Simon explained how the Cocteau Twins version of “Frosty…” came to be:
“There’s a Christmas record that comes out on Capitol Records (the Cocteaus’ US label) every few years. And they were trying to get all their bands to do a cover version of a Christmas song. I didn’t think that’s what it was at the time. I thought it would be like sitting next to Frank Sinatra. But in fact it would’ve been, y’know, Skinny Puppy, doing ‘Merry Xmas Everybody.’ Anyway they’d said, Would you do one? And Liz suggested—it must have been for a joke—’Frosty The Snowman.’ Then Robin went, Yeah, good title, people will think it’s a normal Cocteau Twins song with a title like that.”
“Once we’d got the music down, I wrote down the lyrics on a piece of paper and said to Liz, Hey, look at these, and we were laughing away. As we were going through it I was listening to Liz’s reactions and thinking, this is never gonna get done. She was going, ‘He’s a very happy soul’—me sing that?! No way, I could not in a million years… ‘with a broomstick in his ‘—you’ve gotta be fucking kidding!'”
“I just didn’t think she’d do it.” [Volume 5, 1992]
…But she did, and “Frosty the Snowman,” which eventually appeared on the very-limited release, Snow, with “Winter Wonderland,”