Blondie releases digital EP featuring rare 1981 Christmas tune recorded with hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy

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With the holiday season approaching, Blondie has released a new three-track EP featuring a rare 1981 Christmas tune called “Yuletide Throwdown” that the band recorded with hip-hop legend “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, as well as a new remix of the song created by DJ/producer Cut Chemist.

“Yuletide Throwdown” originally was released on a flexi-disc given away by U.K. magazine Flexipop, and was co-written with and co-produced by Fab 5 Freddy. The song features Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and Freddy rapping Christmas-themed lyrics over what actually is the original music for the band’s chart-topping 1981 smash “Rapture.”

The Yuletide Throwdown EP is available now digitally and via streaming services, while a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl version will be released on November 5, pressed on either black or magenta-colored vinyl.

“Yuletide Throwdown” recently was rediscovered while Blondie was going through its personal archives in preparation for a new box set that will be released in August 2022.

“It has been an impossible amount of time since I believed in Santa Claus, but I could very well believe again if he was Freddy Brathwaite!!” says Harry in a statement. “Some of my best times have been making music with [Blondie guitarist/songwriter] Chris Stein and Freddy B.”

Adds Stein, “Freddy has done as much as any multi-platinum selling Hip-Hop star to promote rap culture.”

Meanwhile, Fab 5 Freddy notes, “In the beginning of my journey into pop culture, Chris & Debbie were among the first to take me and my ideas about hip hop culture seriously and were like mentors to me shining a light along the road and assisting my quest. I’m happy after all this time the world can now hear this fun holiday tune we did way back then!”

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