By Mikael Wood
6:37 PM EST, December 17, 2012
"Last Christmas," the great sad-sack holiday jam by Wham!, has been covered by countless acts since the song's release in 1984. And a good number of those interpreters -- from Jimmy Eat World to Crazy Frog to Ashley Tisdale of "High School Musical" -- did what they could to add some pep to George Michael's tale of romantic woe under the mistletoe.
The xx? Not so much.
In an in-studio set broadcast Monday by the BBC, the English electro-goth minimalists strip "Last Christmas" to its heartbroken core, singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim trading miserable-sounding vocals while Jamie Smith pumps out a gloomy club-soul thump. It definitely emphasizes the memory of last year over the promise of this one. (Listen to the song below.)
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