MEL & KIM "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE"

by Mark Nobes, chief editor

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree was originally recorded by Brenda Lee way back in 1958 when she was just 13 years old. Penned by Johnny Marks, the song didn't become a hit until the festive season of 1960, when it reached #14 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

Comedian Mel Smith and singer/songwriter Kim Wilde recorded their amusing cover version to raise funds for the Comic Relief charity. Mel & Kim was also a parody of the singing sisters Mel & Kim, who were also achieving hits in the late 80s with songs such as Respectable and Showing Out. The song reached #3 in the UK during December 1987. 

In the video (which has a 50s rock n' roll theme), we see the duo hosting a Christmas party which includes a guest appearance by Griff Rhys Jones and pop band Curiosity Killed The Cat (who were popular at the time) as carol singers.
It starts with Mel & Griff facing each other (which borrows from the regular sketch in their BBC TV series Alas Smith & Jones). After Mel reveals that what he wants for Christmas is Kim Wilde, amusingly, she replaces Griff while his head is turned away and he has a look of disbelief when he sees here right in front of him! 
Mel & Kim

The B-side of the vinyl single featured the amusingly-titled Deck The Blooming Halls.

Other 80s Cover Versions

In 1983, the Texan-born blues singer Lou Ann Barton recorded a version of the song for the compilation album An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas.

In 1986, the American country music singer Mickey Gilley recorded a version for the compilation album The Nashville Christmas Album. 

The most recent cover I know of is by country music singer Kaitlyn Baker, who released it as a single on 14th November 2015 - the video is further down this page...